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Selected publications which use data from PiedFly.Net:

Ouwehand, J., Ahola, M., Ausems, A., Bridge, E., Burgess, M., Hahn, S., Hewson, C., Klaassen, R., Laaksonen, T., Lampe, H., Velmala, W. & Both, C. (2016) Light-level geolocators reveal migratory connectivity in European populations of pied flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca. Journal of Avian Biology: 47: 69-83

Tonra, C., Both, C. & Marra, P. (2015) Incorporating site and year-specific deuterium ratios (δ2H) from precipitation into geographic assignments of a migratory bird. Journal of Avian Biology 46: 266-274.

Whytock, R. C., Davis, D., Whytock, R., Burgess, M. D., Minderman, J. & Mallord, J. (2015) Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix nest provisioning rates are correlated with seasonal caterpillar availability in British Oak Quercus woodlands. Bird Study 62: 339-347

Laaksonen, T, Sirkiä, P, Calhim, S, Brommer, J, Leskinen, P, Primmer, C, Adamik, P, Artemyev, A, Belskii, E, Both, C, Bureš, S, Burgess, M, Doligez, B, Forsman, J, Grinkov, V, Hoffmann, D, Ivankina, E, Král, M, Krams, I, Lampe, H, Moreno, J, Mägi, M, Nord, A, Potti, J, Ravussin, P-A and Sokolov, L. (2015) Sympatric divergence and clinal variation in multiple coloration traits of Ficedula flycatchers. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28:779-790

Sirkiä, P, Adamik, P, Artemyev, A, Belskii, E, Both, C, Bureš, S, Burgess, M, Bushuev, A, Forsman, J, Grinkov, V, Hoffmann, D, Järvinen, A, Král, M, Krams, I, Lampe, H, Moreno, J, Mägi, M, Nord, A, Potti, J, Ravussin, P-A, Sokolov, L and Laaksonen, T (2015) Fecundity selection on multiple male colouration traits does not vary along large geographical cline of trait means in a passerine bird. Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society 114:808-827

Burgess, M (2014) Restoring abandoned coppice for birds: few effects of conservation management on occupancy, fecundity and productivity of hole nesting birds. Forest Ecology & Management 330: 205-217

Burgess, M. & Barrimore, C. (2012) The Southwest Pied Flycatcher Monitoring Network. Devon Birds 65: 3-9.

Lehtonen, P., Laaksonen, T, Artemyev, A, Belskii, E., Berg, P., Both, C., Buggiotti, L., Bureš, S., Burgess, M., Bushuev, A., Krams, I., Moreno, I., Mägi, M., Nord, A., Potti, J., Ravussin, P., Sirkiä, P., Sætre, G., Winkel, W. and Primmer, C. (2012) Candidate genes for color and vision exhibit signals of selection across the pied flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) breeding range. Heredity 108: 431-440

Smith, K, Smith, L, Charman, E, Briggs, K, Burgess, M, Dennis, A, Harding, M, Isherwood, C, Isherwood, I and Mallord, J (2011) Large scale variation in the temporal patterns of the frass fall of defoliating caterpillars in Oak woodlands in Britain: implications for nesting woodland birds. Bird Study 58: 506-511

Burgess, M. (2009) Nestboxes and nest recording at Yarner Wood: history and current research. Devon Birds 62: 35-39.

Goodfellow, P. (2008) The story of Pied Flycatchers breeding in Devon. Devon Birds 61: 3-9.

Vaughan, G. (1994) Pied Flycatchers in Okehampton - the first twenty years. Devon Birds 47: 2-11.

A report on our UK tracking work is available here:

A blog on the BOU web-site about the recent paper in Journal of Avian Biology, which combines our UK Pied flycatcher tracking data with similar data from other European breeding populations is available here.


The results of our 2012 geolocator deployments are just published in the Journal of Avian Biology! The early view of this paper can be viewed here:

In this paper our data has been analysed along with similar data from Pied flycatchers fitted with geolocators in the Netherlands, Finland and Norway. This shows some interesting and unexpected patterns of migratory connectivity between breeding sites and wintering locations.

This spring we deployed another 20 geolocators to adult Pied flycatchers at East Dartmoor NNR. These geolocators are smaller and lighter than the ones we used in 2012, weighing only 0.36 grams including the harness.