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, 8 April 2016

06/04/16 - Yaffling

Skipwith Common has long been one of the best places in the Vale of York for Green Woodpeckers, with their ‘yaffling’ call being a characteristic sound associated with Skipwith Commons heathland and birch woodland. Their distinctive call is one of the best ways to locate these birds, with good views usually being hard to obtain as they move through the trees, fly across the heaths or spend time on the ground feeding on their favourite food – ants. Two or three pairs breed on or adjacent to the Common and are particularly vocal at the moment as they set up and defend territories and try to attract mates. Many thanks to Richard Willison for this stunning image, taken on the Common last week. 

Green Woodpeckers - Skipwith Common - 31/03/16

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