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, 25 August 2011

25/08/11 - Pool Hide/North Duffield Carrs

Following the increasing number of ducks around Pool Hide, in particular Teal, a whoosh net was set up this morning on the spit. Whilst doing so the first Wigeon for the autumn flew overhead and later landed on the water. After setting the whoosh net the duck trap on the island at Wheldrake was checked, one young un-ringed Moorhen was present. High numbers of Moorhen are ringed on the reserve each year but very few are re-sighted, numbers of Moorhen around Pool Hide are high at the moment with 17 counted on the spit last night.

Along with the whoosh net at North Duffield this afternoon a new duck trap was installed on the island. Numbers of Mallard at the Top Pond are continuing to build with approximately 60 present today. Most of the grain from inside the whoosh net catching area has gone and so it hopefully won’t be long before we take the first catch.

A good day raptor wise around North Duffield: several young Kestrels were seen flying low across the river bank, a female Sparrowhawk was perched on a fence post, two Marsh Harriers soaring, a Buzzard calling and on the way back fantastic views of a Red Kite flying low over Thorganby.

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