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, 13 September 2012

01/09/12 - August summary (one to remember!)

Well it has to be said that August will be a month that we will remember for quite some time! As the new month arrived all the excess water started to disappear from the meadows and with that out came all the ducklings that we hadn't been able to see. Suddenly the pools and ditches were full of Shoveler, Gadwall and Tufted Duck ducklings. Several attempts in the ditches and regular goes pushing the corale and checking the duck trap produced the goods with large numbers of Shoveler, Gadwall, Tufted Ducks and Mallard ducklings caught.

 24 Shoveler caught (23 ducklings)

15 Tufted Ducks caught (all ducklings)

17 Gadwall caught (16 ducklings)

The following week three broods of Mute Swans and a pair of non-breeders were ringed, followed by the first swan round up in the valley, with 18 moulting adult birds caught.

39 Mute Swans caught (11 cygnets)

Towards the middle of the month it started to go quiet on the duck front, with just the odd one or two keeping the totals going. Then during the last 10 days of the month it suddenly became all about hand catching wildfowl and mist netting waders! As the water started to drain away Bank Island changed from a pool of water for ducks to a muddy area just right for waders. The catches were far and beyond what we'd hoped for...a new bird for the LDV was caught - a Spotted Redshank, plus only the 3rd and 4th ever Greenshanks, 4 new Common Sandpipers and 5 Green Sandpipers to name a few. More importantly though, 8 Ruff were caught in a single catch and all were colour-ringed, along with 30 Snipe.

30 Snipe caught (all colour-ringed)

Several more attempts at hand catching worked well with 41 Coot caught and 21 Moorhens, bringing the monthly total of wildfowl to 205 (a new August record), which is also our second best month so far this year, with February still holding top spot with 408 caught during the freeze!

41 Coot caught (33 pulli)

Below are the totals for this month plus the years total so far:

                                           August           Year
WATERFOWL






Grey Heron 0
10
Mute Swan 39
44
Greylag Goose 1
8
Brent Goose 0
1
Shelduck 0
78
Wigeon 0
117
Teal 2
292
Mallard 44
366
Garganey 0
1
Shoveler 24
25
Tufted Duck 15
15
Pintail 0
5
Gadwall 17
26
Moorhen 21
40
Coot 41
46
Little Grebe 1
2




WADERS






Whimbrel 0
2
Snipe 30
54
Jack Snipe 0
1
Ruff 8
9
Redshank 0
2
Lapwing 3
6
Oystercatcher 0
2
Ringed Plover 4
4
Dunlin 2
2
Spotted Redshank 1
1
Greenshank 2
2
Green Sandpiper 5
5
Common Sandpiper 4
4




RAPTORS/OWLS






Red Kite 0
1
Tawny Owl 1
16
Little Owl 1
2
Barn Owl 54
94
Kestrel 1
38




OTHERS






Black-headed Gull 1
1




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