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, it now also features wildlife and work posts, explaining we how manage the NNR for both wildlife and people.

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Monday, 16 October 2017

11/10/17 - Redwing return

Over the last few days we’ve seen, and heard, the arrival of the first of our winter thrushes, with Redwings being the first to appear, arriving in small numbers from Scandinavia. Their high pitched calls can be heard overhead during the hours of darkness as they migrate westwards, and tired and hungry flocks can often be seen chattering as they search hedgerows for berry laden bushes on which they feed. There are only a small number of birds around at the moment, but as the weather turns colder and the supply of fruit and berries becomes depleted, larger numbers will return once again to the Ings to feed on the edge of the damp meadows, taking advantage of the high numbers of earthworms and other invertebrate prey. They will then return to their breeding grounds further east from mid-March so there is plenty of time yet to see them - as always when visiting the NNR please leave any records in the log books provided, thank you. 

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