Barn Owls, to begin with, as the young birds begin to disperse prior to breeding, we often get a number of reports of birds found dead.
- A bird found dead on the road at Whatton at the end of March had originally been ringed nearby in Bingham as a chick, in August 2014.
- A bird ringed in Stathern in June 2016, was found in Carlton-on-Trent in February. Another bird ringed in the same village, but a few days later, was also found dead, in Sutton-on-Trent.
- A bird ringed in Norwell in October 2016 was found dead in Caunton the following month.
- A first year female ringed in Muston in 2016 was found on the roads in the village on the 21st March.
- A bird ringed in Hockerwood in 2014 was found in February this year in the Southwell area, as a road casualty.
- And finally, a bird was found in Barnstone in February, having originally been ringed in Screveton in June 2014.
More colour-ringed Black-headed Gulls have been noted, with 2 seen at Stoke Bardolph in January this year. One (2LXX), seen on the 7th, was originally ringed at Pitsea Landfill in Essex in January 2016 as a first winter bird. Another, E5NK, which was seen on the 25th, was originally ringed in June 2011 as a chick. It was ringed in Zoetermeer, Netherlands, and has been seen previously in Stoke Bardolph in February 2015, as well as being seen numerous times in its native city.
Two Canada Geese from the University of Nottingham ringing project have been noted. 2N3 was seen on 29 December at Holme Pierrepont rowing course last year, and was originally ringed in July 2014. 58N was ringed in 2016, and was also seen at Holme Pierrepont in December, as well as Trent Bridge in September.
A few passerine recoveries have also been received.
Two Lesser Redpoll, ringed at Bestwood, have been recovered locally. A bird ringed in October, was controlled by Birklands RG nearby in Bestwood Country park in April this year. Another ringed in November, was controlled by a ringer in Edwinstowe in March.
Birklands controlled another SNRG bird, a young Chaffinch ringed at Ramsdale Golf Club in September last year. It was recaptured in February, also at Bestwood Country Park.
And last but not least, a Reed Warbler ringed at Holme Pierrepont as a 3J in August 2015, has been controlled a site in Charente-Maritime in western France, in August 2016. Was this bird on migration back from the UK, or had it decided to spend its first summer in France? Who knows?