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, 11 August 2011

11/08/11 - An evening at Swantail

After starting off quite promising it was a quiet evening down at Swantail Hide. There was a lot of Hirundine activity shortly after we arrived, but then not long after the nets were opened the birds disappeared! As well as in the reed bed nets were also positioned along the boardwalk for the warblers coming into roost.

Total for the night = 27

Chiffchaff 1
Pied Wagtail 1
Reed Bunting 7
Reed Warbler 2 
Sedge Warbler 16

Jean came armed with more birds tonight that were ready to leave her and head back into the wild, 7 Mallard and 4 Sparrowhawks - three young birds (two female, one male), and a very feisty adult female! Also, the three Tawny Owls that Jean brought in (18/07/11) were released this week in the woods at Birdsall. 

                              ‘Birds without webbed feet - no thanks!’

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