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.

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Sunday, 26 August 2012

22/08/12 - Feeling green...

After Monday’s successful catch Craig was lured out of bed in the early hours again on Tuesday and had the nets up and ready by 4am. A good first couple of rounds produced 3 Common Snipe, 3 Green Sandpipers and a Lapwing. Unfortunately these were caught before the guys rolled in a few hours later for work but they did get there in time to see a Greenshank caught! Only the third ever for the LDV! 

Star bird! - Greenshank

Jean then arrived laden down with boxes and birds - 4 Barn Owls and a Tawny Owl. Jean had rescued the Barn Owls from a nest box after it was suspected that the adult birds had been hit on the road after not returning for some time. After a call from a concerned member of the public Jean headed over to find one of the chicks in the garden looking very thin and weak. The other chicks were still in the box, all very thin and laid on their back. Removing a wild creature from its home is always a difficult decision but Jean knew if she didn't this family wouldn't survive. Now, a few weeks on and Jean’s got them looking healthy again and well on their way to recovery and back into the wild. Another great job Jean :)
Sam - ringing the Tawny Owl

Family of four

Looking fit and healthy now

With a good sized team again today we decided to try for another brood of Mute Swans, 3 cygnets and the adult male were caught. This pair of Mutes initially got flooded off during their first attempt and so the cygnets were still on the small size, all were big enough to ring, but just two took darvics.

Mute Swans - brood of 3

Whilst there we pushed the corale and checked the duck trap, just one new Mallard duckling today and pulli Coot. The moulting Mute Swans were still present, and so out came the canoe again with James behind the paddle. He superbly canoed down the ditch and through all the weed bringing in front of him 6 Mutes.

James relaxing after his efforts in the canoe!

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