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 resume over the winter months, and will run alongside wildlife and work posts.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

30/03/16 - Bad Friday

On Good Friday, Jean had a Red Kite brought to her by a farmer, who had found it down on farmland in Low Marishes, Malton, having been shot in the throat….

Jean immediately headed off to see Mark at Battle Flatts Vets where the bird was x-rayed, and it was confirmed that she, an adult female, had been shot and had slight wounds to both wings and blood in her mouth. The x-ray showed the pellet clearly visible in the crop. 

Over the last few days with Jean the kite has been feeding which has managed to dislodge the shotgun pellet, and following a second x-ray this afternoon after Jean had suspected another problem, it revealed a small injury to one of her wing bones, but hopefully some rest, TLC and Jean’s expert care will soon see her back in the wild. 

If anyone knows anything about this crime then please contact Jean on 01653 695124 or Malton Wildlife Crime Officer - PC Jez Walmsley.

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