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Summary of all Ringing Recoveries for Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

This page presents information on recoveries of Kingfisher that have been ringed or recovered in Britain & Ireland. The map shows all records of birds ringed in Britain & Ireland and recovered abroad (purple) and birds ringed abroad and recovered in Britain & Ireland (orange).
The table then summarises the number of birds that have moved between different counties of Britain & Ireland and between other countries and then gives a selection of recoveries. First are listed the number of birds found in each county, then the number of birds ringed in each county. In the next two columns are listed the number of birds ringed abroad and found in Britain & Ireland and the then number of birds ringed in Britain & Ireland and found abroad.

A selection of recoveries are given in full because they represent particularly long-lived birds (the national longevity is indicated with a link to details of this record), birds which have moved a long distance within Britain and Ireland, birds which have gone to, or come from countries with few such recoveries, or because few birds of this species have been recovered, or because the report has been flagged as interesting, usually from having moved a long distance in a small number of days. NOTE: For some sensitive species, co-ordinates may be inaccurate (by up to 5km) in which case they are preceded by a c. or witheld. In this case the county is given, in a small number of cases this too may be inaccurate. For birds that have moved more than 20km a link is provided to a map showing ringing and finding locations. Ringing location is marked by a blue (R), finding locations are numbered in sequence, if there are more than ten finding locations, subequent markers will be labelled (x). Finding markers are coloured red for birds found dead and green for birds seen alive, for those where this is not known the marker will be white. If a bird is found multiple times at the same site only one marker will be visible.

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For longevity and distance records an individual is only included once, for reports to and from countries an individual may be reported multiple times, particulary if it bears a colour mark or other means of identification in the field. Some older (mostly foreign) recoveries are also included where these were received in the year reported on. For full details of how these birds have been selected click here.

For other information, have a look at the BirdFacts page for Kingfisher


Number of birds ringed or recovered in counties of Britain & Ireland, or countries overseas

County Ringed in Found in Country Ringed in Found in
Antrim 1 0 Belgium 2 1
Avon 26 16 Channel Islands 0 1
Bedfordshire 6 11 English Channel and Irish Sea 0 1
Berkshire 25 24 France 2 3
Buckinghamshire 37 38 Germany 5 0
Cambridgeshire 25 23 Poland 1 0
Cheshire 14 14 Spain 0 1
Cleveland 2 2 The Netherlands 2 2
Cornwall 0 2
Cumbria 2 1
Derbyshire 11 10
Devon 13 10
Dorset 21 16
Dumfries & Galloway 0 1
Durham 1 1
Dyfed 2 1
Essex 31 36
Glamorgan 1 1
Gloucestershire 14 20
Grampian Region 1 1
Greater London 40 55
Greater Manchester 10 8
Gwent 0 1
Gwynedd 0 2
Hampshire 41 53
Hereford & Worcester 2 2
Hertfordshire 133 104
Humberside 3 1
Isle of Wight 1 2
Kent 67 66
Lancashire 5 8
Leicestershire 20 21
Lincolnshire 19 28
Londonderry 0 2
Merseyside 0 1
Norfolk 33 20
North Yorkshire 10 13
Northamptonshire 16 17
Northumberland 2 3
Nottinghamshire 23 22
Oxfordshire 19 14
Powys 4 4
Scilly Isles 1 0
Shropshire 21 15
Somerset 8 13
South Yorkshire 21 17
Staffordshire 4 10
Strathclyde 17 16
Suffolk 29 46
Surrey 54 47
Sussex 35 41
Tyne & Wear 0 1
Tyrone 1 0
Warwickshire 16 10
West Midlands 2 4
West Yorkshire 21 22
Wiltshire 26 23
TOTALS 937 940 TOTALS 12 9

Foreign location of birds ringed or recovered in Britain & Ireland:

Colour of location: Ringed in Britain & Ireland, Found Here; Ringed Here, Found in Britain & Ireland

A selection of interesting recoveries:

No individual ringed in Britain & Ireland has been recovered more than three years since ringing.
The following birds are the oldest reported from Britain & Ireland
SC45467 First-year Male 05-07-1964    Stanpit Marsh, Christchurch: c. 5043'N 146'W (Dorset)
Dead 18-01-1969    Hedge End, Southampton: c. 5054'N 118'W (Hampshire)   36km   NE   4y 6m 13d  (Map)

The following birds moved the greatest distance within Britain & Ireland (more than 100km):
SH00501 Adult Female 27-08-2005    Manor Farm, Titchwell: 5257'N 036'E (Norfolk)
Caught by ringer 08-12-2005    near Ashfield House, Otley: c. 5354'N 143'W (West Yorkshire)   187km   NW   0y 3m 11d  (Map)
SC00697 Full-grown 25-08-1972    Place name unknown: c. 5142'N 024'E (Essex)
Dead  (in net or cage) 24-06-1973    Place name unknown: c. 5318'N 048'W (Lincolnshire)   195km   NNW   0y 9m 30d  (Map)
SE02296 First-year 15-07-1973    Knaresborough: c. 540'N 127'W (North Yorkshire)
Caught by ringer 21-08-1973    Placename Missing: c. 5148'N 042'W (Buckinghamshire)   250km   SSE   0y 1m 6d  (Map)
SA45717 Juvenile 24-06-1989    Rye Meads: 5147'N 01'W (Hertfordshire)
Freshly dead  (hit glass) 15-07-1989    Hooke, Beaminster: 5048'N 239'W (Dorset)   214km   WSW   0y 0m 21d  (Map)
SE89023 First-year Female 08-10-1993    Shoreham-by-Sea: 5050'N 017'W (Sussex)
Caught by ringer 05-05-1996    Brandon: 5226'N 037'E (Suffolk)   188km   NNE   2y 6m 27d  (Map)

The following birds ringed in Britain & Ireland have been found abroad (countries with 5 or fewer such recoveries):
SB66774 First-year 24-07-2005    Kiplin Hall, Catterick: 5422'N 135'W (North Yorkshire)
Freshly dead  (hit glass) 05-09-2005    Artis Zoo, Amsterdam: 5221'N 454'E (Noord-Holland) The Netherlands   485km   ESE   0y 1m 12d  (Map)
SB88913 First-year 22-06-2005    Warnham Mill Pond, Horsham: 514'N 020'W (Sussex)
Dead 24-08-2005    Saint-Gaudens: 436'N 043'E (Haute-Garonne) France   889km   S   0y 2m 2d  (Map)
SE39469 Adult Female 04-07-1970    Wilstone Reservoir, near Tring: c. 5148'N 042'W (Hertfordshire)
Dead  (drowned) 17-10-1970    Place name unknown: c. 4742'N 312'W (Morbihan) France   510km   SSW   0y 3m 13d  (Map)
SA09495 First-year Male 04-08-1973    Slapton Ley NNR: c. 5016'N 339'W (Devon)
Caught by ringer 28-07-1974    Place name unknown: c. 510'N 46'E (Oost-Vlaanderen) Belgium   555km   E   0y 11m 24d  (Map)
SE43073 First-year 25-08-1974    Mochdre, Newtown: c. 5229'N 323'W (Powys)
Dead (27-10-1974)  Place name unknown: c. 4918'N 06'E (Calvados) France   432km   SE   0y 2m 2d  (Map)
SC90634 First-year Male 12-09-1974    Gilstone area: c. 4954'N 618'W (Scilly Isles)
Freshly dead  (on wire or netting) 27-10-1974    near Coast of Scilly Isles: c. 500'N 624'W (At Sea) English Channel and Irish Sea   14km   NNW   0y 1m 15d 
SB36918 First-year Male 24-06-2011    Woolston Eyes, Warrington: 5323'N 232'W (Cheshire)
Caught by ringer 12-05-2012    Wilsum, Kampen: 5232'N 556'E (Overijssel) The Netherlands   575km   E   0y 10m 18d  (Map)
SE72319 Juvenile 04-07-1981    Rye Meads, Hoddesdon: 5147'N 00'W (Hertfordshire)
Caught by ringer 18-10-1981    Vale Marais: 4930'N 232'W (Guernsey) Channel Islands   310km   SW   0y 3m 14d  (Map)
SA46436 First-year 14-08-1993    Mullock, near Marloes: 5144'N 510'W (Dyfed)
Caught by ringer 02-09-1993    Irun: 4320'N 147'W (Guipuzcoa) Spain   967km   SSE   0y 0m 19d  (Map)

The following birds ringed abroad have been found in Britain & Ireland (countries with 5 or fewer such records):
BLB Nestling 28-07-1974    St Remy-Lez-Chimay: 503'N 418'E (Hainaut) Belgium
N21485 Dead  (cold weather) 02-04-1975    High Hurstwood, Uckfield: 510'N 08'E (Sussex)   313km   WNW   0y 8m 5d  (Map)
BLB Nestling 02-06-2000    Morville, Florennes: 5014'N 444'E (Namur) Belgium
N50166 Freshly dead  (hit by car) 02-12-2000    Diss: 5223'N 16'E (Norfolk)   348km   NW   0y 6m 0d  (Map)
FRP Nestling Female 13-07-1970    Ile D'ouessant: 4828'N 55'W (Finistere) France
JA241514 Dead 14-03-1972    Abersoch: 5250'N 431'W (Gwynedd)   487km   N   1y 8m 1d  (Map)
FRP First-year Male 03-08-1993    Conde-Folie: 501'N 21'E (Somme) France
AX32931 Caught by ringer 21-09-1993    Lower Test Marsh: 5055'N 128'W (Hampshire)   266km   WNW   0y 1m 18d  (Map)
DEH Nestling 29-06-2008    Aken, Kothen: 5151'N 123'E (Magdeburg) Germany
SA23039 Caught by ringer 29-10-2008    Saltfleet Haven: 5325'N 011'E (Lincolnshire)   819km   WNW   0y 4m 0d  (Map)
DFH Nestling 08-06-1990    near Suttrop: 5128'N 823'E (Arnsberg) Germany
7711447 Freshly dead  (hit glass) 26-10-1990    Walthamstow: 5135'N 01'W (Greater London)   581km   W   0y 4m 18d  (Map)
DDH Nestling 09-07-1998    Templin, Ukermark: 537'N 1330'E (Neubrandenburg) Germany
SA10568 Freshly dead  (hit glass) 18-10-1998    Calcott Hill, near Sturry: 5119'N 17'E (Kent)   869km   WSW   0y 3m 9d  (Map)
DDH Full-grown Female 14-05-1999    Rossbach, Naumburg: 519'N 1149'E (Halle) Germany
SA02216 Caught by ringer 23-08-1999    Pett Level: 5054'N 040'E (Sussex)   780km   W   0y 3m 9d  (Map)
DFH Nestling 26-05-2000    Hamm-Heessen: 5142'N 749'E (Arnsberg) Germany
7765578 Alive  (in net or cage) 15-11-2000    Ware: 5148'N 01'W (Hertfordshire)   539km   W   0y 5m 20d  (Map)
NLA First-year Female 21-09-1983    Oostvaardersdijk, Paal 15: 5225'N 514'E (Ijsselmeerpolders) The Netherlands
P11962 Caught by ringer 20-10-1983    Western Docks, Southampton: 5054'N 128'W (Hampshire)   491km   WSW   0y 0m 29d  (Map)
NLA Full-grown 04-12-1983    Sparregat, Meijendel, Wassenaar: 528'N 420'E (Zuid-Holland) The Netherlands
P09702 Dead 01-04-1984    Bradford, Belford: 5535'N 146'W (Northumberland)   554km   NW   0y 3m 28d  (Map)
PLG Nestling Female 06-07-2011    Rz Drawa, Bogdanka, Drawno, Zachodniopomorskie: 539'N 1552'E (Szcezecin) Poland
YN16870 Caught by ringer 25-09-2011    Orfordness: c. 525'N 134'E (Suffolk)   972km   W   0y 2m 19d  (Map)

Citation:Robinson, R.A. & Clark, J.A.(2014) The Online Ringing Report: Bird ringing in Britain & Ireland in 2013 BTO, Thetford (http://www.bto.org/ringing-report, created on 30-May-2014)

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