10 February 2010

Returning Blackcap

Owain Gabb wrote: 'Just a quick note to say that I caught a female blackcap a couple of weeks ago in my mother’s garden in Mumbles that I had previously caught there (in the same net ride) in winter 2007/08. The record is of interest in that if, as contemporary wisdom suggests, this blackcap breeds in Germany or the Low Countries, then it is returning to exactly the same area to winter.'

1 comment:

Mark Hipkin said...

That's interesting because 4 winters ago there was a female blackcap in our garden who was very distinctive due to missing feathers behind the eye. The following year a simular looking bird returned and I suspected it might be the same bird. She loved peanuts. She would be on the feeders for ages!