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.

Monday, 13 November 2017

07/11/17 - Icelandic arrival

Each year we look forward to the return of ‘our’ Icelandic Whooper Swans, with a resident flock wintering at North Duffield Carrs most years. On Friday last week numbers were up to 26, so there are a lot more to come yet! Last year numbers peaked at 150, whilst other flocks also pass through the valley to wintering sites further south in the Ouse Washes and at WWT Welney, before returning and passing through our local patch in March and early April. When visiting the reserve please keep an eye out for any colour-ringed Whoopers, and as the year progresses we’ll also be looking out for the rather similar looking Bewick’s Swan, a handful of which can occur with our Whooper Swan herd.

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