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.

Monday, 15 August 2011

15/08/11 - Ducking & diving

A whoosh net was set up today at North Duffield following the large numbers of Mallard now present on the Top Pond. Beforehand the brood of Tufted Ducks that have eluded us for the last couple of weeks were paddling amongst the reeds when we arrived, a net was quickly set up along the far side from the island to the banking, three young and the adult female were present. Today must have been our lucky day as one of the young swam straight into the net! Making it the first one to be caught on the reserve this year.

Finally!

Juvenile Tufted Duck
 

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