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.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

03/03/12 - Duncombe delivers!

The LDV Team headed off to another NNR this week (Duncombe Park, Helmsley) along with the Reserve Manager (Craig Bellwood) from the Humberhead Peatlands NNR (Thorne & Hatfield Moors). The visit had been organised to help maintain and improve the tree shelters around the grounds. However it also provided the opportunity to string a line of mist nets across the river during our lunch break, which proved very worthwhile with the catch of three rather special birds - Kingfisher, Dipper & Grey Wagtail, all in quick succession!

First off a pair of Grey Wags were spotted moving up & down stream so we quickly positioned a net across the water, less than a minute after being set the first bird was in! 

Battling the current!

 Grey Wagtail

A quick drive further along the river resulted in a Kingfisher in flight and a Dipper by the weir. Not long after the net had been up the Dipper had found itself in it, result! 

Dipper - a new species for Fal

The third bird to be caught & the most stunning of them all was a female Kingfisher (sexed by the red on the base of the bill), resulting in one very happy volunteer!

One very happy Jean!

Female Kingfisher

Waiting to go!

A second Grey Wagtail was the fourth and last bird of the day. We plan to return after the breeding season to hopefully catch and ring the young of these three species.

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