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.

Friday, 5 October 2012

30/09/12 - Game over

Last week saw the first Jack Snipe for the autumn find its way into our nets - the first of many we had hoped...however the heavy rain that fell between the 24th - 26th put paid to that idea, with Bank Island now once again resembling a large lake, thus no Snipe - but out there (somewhere......) there's over 80 colour-ringed individuals.......



September summary.....the month got off to quite a slow start with only a handful of birds caught in the first week, but then the weekend of the 8th/9th saw a massive catch of Moorhens - 22 in just two days - the months total now stands at 41 (81 for the year). One of the Moorhens caught this month had the white feathers again that we have mentioned in a previous post, this is the third individual to be caught with this colour aberration.


The following week Jean released her Marsh Harrier on to North Duffield Carrs, which hopefully went on to join the other roosting birds. More Teal, 2 Little Grebes, a Tufted Duck and Pochard were then caught, plus several dawn catches resulted in another good number of Snipe ringed and colour-ringed. This brings us to 32 for the month and 84 for the year.

This time last year we were already up and running with the whoosh nets, however until the flood water starts to recede and the tracks become passable again it may be awhile until our next post...

Below are the totals for September and the year so far:

                                            September       Year
WATERFOWL






Grey Heron 0
10
Mute Swan 0
44
Greylag Goose 0
8
Brent Goose 0
1
Shelduck 0
78
Wigeon 0
117
Teal 32
324
Mallard 4
370
Pochard 1
1
Garganey 0
1
Shoveler 0
25
Tufted Duck 1
16
Pintail 0
5
Gadwall 0
26
Moorhen 41
81
Coot 0
46
Little Grebe 2
4




WADERS






Whimbrel 0
2
Snipe 32
84
Jack Snipe 1
2
Ruff 0
9
Redshank 0
2
Lapwing 1
7
Oystercatcher 0
2
Ringed Plover 0
4
Dunlin 1
3
Spotted Redshank 0
1
Greenshank 0
2
Green Sandpiper 1
6
Common Sandpiper 0
4




RAPTORS/OWLS






Marsh Harrier 1
1
Red Kite 0
1
Tawny Owl 1
17
Little Owl 0
2
Barn Owl 2
96
Kestrel 1
39
Sparrowhawk 1
1

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