Other than the groups general survey work, the ongoing ringing project continues to deliver good data. This season, whilst lockdown may have prevented much of the work SWP would hope to have carried out in any normal year, there are still interesting observations that get uncovered.

One of our regular monitored sites, in Devon has had the same breeding Falcon since 2014, she was herself ringed at Cann Quarry (Plymouth) back in 2011 (Darvic BX Black on Yellow), she has bred successfully in all but one season , when the site was particularly prone to an amount of disturbance. This year, four eyassess were raised to fledging. In one of the first post lockdown visits, it was great to reconfirm the same breeding female; but there had been a change in the male, as he too was carrying a Darvic ring. This has since been captured, thanks to a local Raptor conservationist John Deakins, who has given permission to use the image that clearly shows the Male with Darvic JN (Black on Yellow)

Darvic JN (tiercel) and two of the four young – image courtesy J.Deakins

Moorland and Coastal sites are not always as easy to confirm ring ID’s as some of the Urban sites that have cameras monitoring the birds every movement. So it’s always good to get this information back, to feed into the growing data held and shared with the governing authorities.

This years breeding male (JN), is confirmed as a 2014 offspring coming from from the same site as the female (BX – 2011) both originate from the same breeding adult female at Cann Quarry . Both birds were ringed under licence at this popular site by Dale Jackson.

BX, with her previous mate back in 2015 – image courtesy G.Curno
BX in 2020 with her brood of 4 – image courtesy G.Curno
The mother of both BX and JN, a prolific breeder herself at Cann Quarry. Image courtesy Rich Edmondson