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Lesser Redpoll

Acanthis cabaret


Sylvia atricapilla

Most of  the Blackcap captured in the Newbury area head for southern Europe and North African for the winter including the expected short channel crossing via the Kent/Sussex coast . Other captures in Belgium and Holland may show migration via the North Sea. Many apparently winter in countries around the western Mediterranean and into North African, with a single recovery south of the Sahara desert of a bird probably heading for west Africa. There is a spring record from Portland Bill indicating that returnees enter the UK along a broad front. and not just via the short channel crossing.

Since 2000 we have ringed up to 722 birds each year, mainly using audio lures.

Recapture numbers are low.

Records:   7416 birds have been ringed by Newbury Ringing Group; 1967 to 2016

                  35 birds ringed by us have been recovered elsewhere

                  26 ringed elsewhere have been recaptured by us


Distance:   ringed: Bucklebury Slade, nr Newbury, 10th Jul 1993,

recovered : Bp 15, Poste Semme, Matam, Senegal, 18th May 1998

4118 km 4 years 312 days

Longevity:  first ringed as an adult male  25th Jun 1978, last captured 6th Jun 1983  

4 years 346 days

The Blackcap has mainly olive-grey upper parts and pale grey under parts. Both sexes have head cap, black in males, brown for females and juveniles. It is a partial migrant; birds from the colder areas of its range wintering in scrub or trees in southern Europe, around the Mediterranean and in Africa. Some German birds have adapted to spending the winter in gardens in Great Britain and Ireland; seen on peanuts, fat balls and cake, usually from January to March in our area.

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