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, 31 March 2012
Friday, 30 March 2012
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
History of ‘K3H’: Ringed as an adult on 30/11/08 at North Duffield Carrs, it was then sighted early at the start of 2009 on the 3rd, 6th & 8th of January, still present at N.D.Carrs in February (seen on 19th & 26th) and last recorded in March on the 7th & 16th.
On the day that K3H was caught and ringed, so were 18 other birds (all fitted with darvics), and out of those we’ve had recoveries from 3 individuals to Iceland (listed below), and a number of the other birds have also been seen during subsequent winters throughout the valley.
30/11/08 - Whoopers to Iceland:
W24881 (K3F), ringed as a 4 on 30/11/08, recovered on 08/07/09 in Kollsa, Hrutafjordur, Stranda, Iceland (found dead). Distance 1706 Km.
W24868, ringed as a 4 on 30/11/08, recovered on 16/06/11 in Hvalnes, Lansfjardur, Austurskaftafellssa, Iceland (found dead). Distance 1407 Km.
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Monday, 26 March 2012
Friday, 23 March 2012
During our last visit to Forge in November we caught 3 new Nuthatch and 3 re-traps, well today we re-caught one of the new birds ringed that day and also two new ones, the Nuthatches were definitely the star birds for the day!
Along with the D of E guys we also had a lot of interest from members of the public, they turned up just at the right time to see a Nuthatch in the hand, they all went very off happy and with a photo and a nice memory!
Total catch: (re-traps in brackets)
Blue Tit 24
Coal Tit 2 (1)
Great Tit 14
Marsh Tit 3 (3)
Nuthatch 2 (1)
For the report of our last outing at Forge Valley NNR see - http://ldvnnr.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/181111-visit-to-forge.html
Thursday, 22 March 2012
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Sunday, 18 March 2012
Hopes weren’t high for a good outcome....however, Jean has an excellent track record with rehab so if anyone could turn it around she could. We’ve ringed many of the birds successfully rehabbed by Jean over the years and have proved the value of all her hard work, patience, skill and dedication. Ringing has shown, amongst many others, that a Barn Owl that had been shot with an air rifle, breaking its wing, is now still breeding in one of our nest boxes and has produced more than 30 chicks since Jean cared for it. The Marsh Harrier (below) faired well in the valley following a broken wing and was tracked due to its distinctive moult for the rest of the summer before it departed, and only last week we re-trapped a shelduck duckling, which is now back, paired up and breeding in the valley 5 years after Jean hand reared it following the loss of its parents on a road. All of Jean's hard work obviously helps the individuals and populations of the wild birds and animals she looks after, but also in the longer run will bring enjoyment to those who get to enjoy, for example, the Barn Owls, Marsh Harriers and Shelduck offspring produced by the above - SO WELL DONE JEAN!
Anyway, true to Jean’s form, the Red Kite amazingly started to fair well, putting on 150 grams during its two week stay and today it let Jean know it was ready to go - by attacking her and batting around its pen. If they’re ready, they’re ready, so Craig and Mike had the privilege of being there for the release and Mike also got to ring a Red Kite.
The bird came from within the wider Derwent catchment, was a first year male, and due to the fact it had been poisoned, the unfortunate decision was made not to release it back to where it was found (always the golden rule in rehab). Instead it was released on a private part of the NNR with good Kite habitat, lots of available food and in an area frequented by passing Kites with good ‘raptor friendly’ landowners.
Stop Press! The Kite was sighted by the York BTO regional rep Rob Chapman and his wife on the NNR about an hour after it was released. This was about 5 Km from where it was released, and was later seen by Craig on the ground feeding on a goose carcass - RESULT!