November 2023

A quieter month for ringing activities following on from the busy month of October and Migweek.

The team ran 12 sessions, mostly garden sites and South Landing.

A total of 117 birds were caught of 20 species, with 102 of these newly ringed and 15 retraps.

The stand out highlight of the month being a surprise Red-flanked Bluetail which turned up in a woodland net on the 7th, a lovely surprise on the first net round.

This represented Flamborough’s only record in 2023 of this long distance migrant.

Red-flanked Bluetail breed in taiga, usually in upland terrain in undisturbed spruce and birch forests, there has been some westward expansion of their breeding range with some now breeding in north and east Finland. They winter in SE Asia.h November

The bird was aged as a juvenile (born this year) and most likely a female given the dull plumage and limited amount of blue in its plumage.

An eastern-type Lesser Whitethroat was caught in a village garden.

A few late Blackcaps remained with 11 being caught through the month.

A single Grey Wagtail was another garden highlight.