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.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

06/07/11 - Ducks, warblers & waders

A visit to North Duffield Top Pond this morning resulted in the female Wigeon from last week and a new Gadwall. 
Adult female Wigeon  

After another day ragworting we headed to Swantail Hide to set the nets for the evenings catch, whilst doing so another Lapwing chick was found amongst the reeds, it wasn’t one from last week and so it was ringed and it was also old enough for colour rings.

Colour ringed Lapwing chick

Six nets were positioned across the water infront of Swantail Hide, in the hope of Snipe, Redshank and the two Green Sandpipers which had been heard calling as we set up. Not long after opening the nets just as it was starting to get dark a Snipe flew straight in!

                                Setting the nets for the evenings catch
Adult Snipe

From Swantail Hide a young Redshank chick was spotted on the mud infront of the nets, the bird was soon caught after two of us went into the reeds ‘sniper style’ and sneaked up on it before it could escape into the reed bed! This is the second Redshank chick this year to be fitted with colour rings. Several other Redshank were caught in the nets along with a Curlew and a surprise Teal! 

Redshank chick

Showing off his new colour rings!

Along with the wader nets mist nets were also set up amongst the reeds for warblers going into roost.

Total for the night = 18 (2)

Canada Goose 1
Curlew 1                             
Mallard 3            
Redshank 5 (2)
Reed Warbler 3
Snipe 1                
Starling 3 
Teal 1             

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