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Lesser Redpoll

Acanthis cabaret


Sturnus vulgaris

We capture very few Starlings it not being a species we particularly target. Captures being either a random event or at winter garden feeders. In our area numbers have declined and have continued to decline considerably recently. Once large roost gatherings at reed beds and industrial buildings are now rarely reported.

Records:   250+ birds have been ringed by Newbury Ringing Group 1967 2013

                  9 birds ringed by us have been recovered elsewhere

                  0 ringed elsewhere have been recaptured by us.

Distance:  ringed Hungerford nr Newbury 03-Feb-1973,

recovered Danziger, Poland 10-Mar-1977

1409 km 1496 days

Longevity: first ringed a first year male  10-Mar-1979, last captured 30-Apr-1985

6 years 53 days

(Mummified remains found after 19 years not included)

The Starling is a medium-sized passerine, has a glossy black plumage, speckled white and with an iridescent sheen when in breeding condition. Its population currently shows a worrying decline. We have a very few recoveries. One is from mummified remains found during building work, with no clue of  when it died.