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, 27 May 2016

22/05/16 - Welcome Vorsabaer!

Throughout the last couple of days of April a large movement of islandic Black-tailed Godwits passed through, and paused briefly in the valley as they refuelled on their way from sites further south, before heading on to their breeding grounds. 32 flew north over Bank Island on the 29th whilst 190 were present on the 30th. However, on the 3rd May we received news that a colour-ringed bird, an adult female called Vorsabaer, had arrived at North Duffield Carrs. This bird had been satellite tagged in Iceland last summer, and having lost her nest through predation in south-west Iceland, left there on the 11th July 2015 – flying 60 hours non-stop before arriving on the upper Ore-Alde estuary in Suffolk. Having spent the winter in this area, wandering to Breydon Water in Norfolk and visiting Minsmere RSPB reserve in Suffolk during the winter, she left Snape on the 30th April before arriving at North Duffield Carrs on the 2nd May. The next day she left the LDV and arrived back in south-east Iceland on the 5th – how fascinating to be able to follow her journey! More information about the project can be found here - http://volg.keningfanegreide.nl/king-of-the-meadows-transmittersite/

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