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.

Friday, 19 August 2011

19/08/11 - Whinchats & Swans!

Yesterday the first Whinchat for the autumn was recorded at North Duffield, and so this morning we headed down there with spring traps to try and locate it and to see if it had been joined by any others. Eight birds were thought to be present, four spring traps were set and not long after a Whinchat was caught!

                                          Juvenile female Whinchat

After the brood of Mute Swans were caught last week at North Duffield it was decided to try for the three young cygnets at Pool Hide. The birds were caught with ease compared to last week! They followed the adults into the reeds where they could then be lifted out of the water, the adult male was also caught but the female (un-ringed) made a quick getaway through the reeds! 

                               Steve & Mike ringing the cygnets at Pool Hide

Safely back in the water!

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