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.
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Sunday, 10 June 2012
At a farm which has been used for many years, two new boxes had been put up - the owner was most pleased that we found a female Kestrel with 4 newly hatched chicks, plus a pair of Barn Owls (we managed to catch them both in the box) which had 4 eggs and a newly hatched chick. We look forward to going back and ringing them with her - it’s nice to be able to share it with the landowners especially when they’ve gone to the trouble of putting their own boxes up.
A Jackdaw which was almost ready to fly was caught in a box in the afternoon, plus a new adult Barn Owl and a re-trap, a few other eggs and newly hatched chicks were also found. Disappointingly a few of the sites we’d marked down that have had Barn Owls breeding in the past had been taken over by Feral Pigeons - much to the frustration of the landowners!
Friday, 8 June 2012
It’s definitely been a month for quality, and it's been especially good for birds from the nest - along with the usual Blue Tits, Great Tits and Tree Sparrows that we’ve done from the small boxes, we also found a nest of Wrens in one of the artificial House Martin nests. We ringed 5 chicks from a clutch of 6 (one dead). Only 160 pulli Wren were ringed in the UK during 2011 so it was a most pleasing find. Below is a table summarising the main species ringed within the LDV this month and the running years total.
|Barn Owl||40 (+2 RT)||40|