Welcome to the LDV NNR ringing blog, this blog is designed to share the experiences, findings and tales from a group of dedicated ringers. We specialise in conservation orientated research projects, largely focusing on wildfowl, waders, owls and birds of conservation concern, in and around the Vale of York NNR's.

NB - Whilst the purpose of this blog was initially designed to cover our nationally important wildfowl ringing activities, regular readers may have noticed the increase in posts detailing wildlife found across the valley (ranging from plants, fungi, butterflies, dragonflies & other invertebrates). Ringing posts will hopefully resume over the winter months, and will run alongside wildlife and work posts.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

04/08/11 - Not one but two!

Following last weeks’ Swallow roost at Swantail another attempt was made, with more nets this time, including a few for the Reed Buntings infront of Tower Hide. Also, in the hope of catching the Green Sandpipers that have been around for the last four weeks a line of nets were erected across the pool infront of Swantail Hide. Numbers of Swallows were down on last week, which was thought to be due possibly to the weather, it was a much a cooler night with showers on and off. In the reed bed at Tower Hide numbers of Reed Buntings and warblers were also very low, it is thought that next time a different location will be used as it’s believed the birds have now moved on.

The treat for the night came in the form of not one but two Green Sandpipers! Both birds were found swinging in the nets which had been put up especially for them across the mud nearest the hide at Swantail, one adult and one juvenile.

Total for the night = 36

Green Sandpiper 2
Mallard 2
Reed Bunting 11                              
Reed Warbler 3
Sedge Warbler 3
Swallow 14 
Whitethroat 1

Also, Jean had been looking after a Sparrowhawk and Kestrel which were now ready to ring and release. Both were young birds, a very small male Sparrowhawk and female Kestrel.

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