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, 7 April 2012

07/04/12 - FP returns, LM strikes...

After flicking through the 2009 FBOG - Filey Brigg Ornithological Group report the other day, we came across a (superb) photograph of a Shelduck with a black & white darvic ring, taken by Ian Robinson on 08/03/09 at Filey Dams YWT - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Reserve. Ian e-mailed us the original copy & after a process of elimination we were able to make out the letters ‘FP’. We already knew of a previous record to the Dams - a bird that was ringed in the valley at North Duffield Carrs on 28/02/05 appeared at the Dams just a few days later on the 1st March, and it was then seen again on the 13th. Well as it turns out it is infact the same bird!

Shelduck - 08/03/09 Filey Dams
 Ian Robinson

History of ‘FP’

GN81927 ‘FP’        6M (adult male)        28/02/05 North Duffield Carrs
                            VV (field sighting)     01/03/05 Filey Dams
                            VV                          13/03/05 Filey Dams
                            VV                          08/03/09 Filey Dams

Hopefully he's still about!

Lucy, a member of the LDV Team, rings with the group that covers the Filey area, the EYRG - East Yorkshire Ringing Group, and since her arrival Natural England & the LDV Team have been working alongside the EYRG, in helping to cut and strim ringing lanes in the Top Scrub and Parish Wood and have been instrumental in securing permission to ring on Filey Brigg. Dan (a trainee within the EYRG) has benefitted from the recent link between the two groups/areas and has been over on more than one occasion for some duck experience - see ‘Back on track, in style’ & ‘G whizz!’.

Pintail during the cold snap - February 2012

 Shelduck'ing - March 2012

Mallards aplenty - March 2012
Last week we swapped the valley for a day at the coast which resulted in a new addition to the FBOG list - a Great Grey Shrike! It appeared Thursday morning in the Old Tip Nature Reserve & was trapped and ringed later that evening, the Shrike was a new bird for Luce & a first in the hand for Dan. 

Great Grey Shrike - Old Tip, Filey 05/04/12

A few of us from the valley were over at the coast again last week, ringing and releasing the Common Scoter brought in by Jean Thorpe - full story - 'A flying visit'.

Common Scoter - Filey 02/04/12
So there’s been lots of recent links between the two areas, and so between us - the LDV & the EYRG, plenty of birds will hopefully be ringed & many recoveries to come! For more details on the Filey Brigg Ornithological Group follow this link to their website - www.fbog.co.uk & the EYRG blog - http://blog.eyrg.co.uk/#category0 has regular updates on the groups ringing adventures.

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