The bird banding at Getterön’s Bird Observatory started in a small scale in 1958 and more regularly from 1959. The banding has mainly been done by local ringers from the middle of July until the beginning of November. However, in the last years the Bird Observatory has had ringers contracted at periods during the autumn, i.e. the time of the main ringing of passerines.
Ringing is mainly carried out on the Nature Reserve of Getterön but several projects are carried out with a focus on Raptors/Owls, Cormorants and Waders. In the last years ringing is conducted near Naturum Getterön. It is possible to get guided tours in days when ringing is carried out.
Since the start about 245 000 birds of 216 species have been banded and more than 3 194 recoveries have been reported. The ringing of Crows during the 60s and 70s are the species that has given most recaptures with a total of 653 crows.
Getterön’s Bird Observatory is sponsored by Varbergs Sparbank and Ringhals.
A normal year on average 3 900 birds of 74 species are ringed. The year 2016 15 473 birds of 78 species were ringed. Highest number since the start. The ten most banded species are;
- Reed Warbler (44 649),
- Willow Warbler (17 628),
- Greenfinch (13 541),
- Yellow Wagtail (12 084),
- Reed Bunting (10 725),
- Robin (11 190),
- Sedge Warbler (9 998),
- Sand Martin (8 961),
- Twite (5 264)
- Blue Tit (5 444).
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