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.

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Thursday, 10 January 2019

07/01/19 - Breeding season success

Over recent weeks we’ve been busy compiling all of our bird records from the year to send to local and county recorders, along with writing up the rare breeding birds panel (RBBP) that monitor rarer species, and our own records from other breeding birds. It’s been a nice reminder of a successful season with favourable weather and stable water levels, and great to see the results of the teams hard work and efforts over recent years. Some of the highlights include our 10 singing male Corncrakes, 17 Garganey ducklings and a pair of Pintail that fledged five young. 

13 pairs of Little Egrets produced 35 young, while Great White Egrets and Common Cranes continued to summer and increase in frequency and number. 18 territorial Water Rail were located (with a minimum of 16 young seen) with 3 calling Spotted Crakes and Quail. Curlew also had a great year off the back of measures put in place for the Corncrakes, with at least 60 pairs present and 46 chicks seen throughout June and July. 

Kingfishers enjoyed a good year without rising river levels flooding their bank side nests, and Willow Tits continued to maintain a stronghold in the Wheldrake and Melbourne area. Many thanks to everyone who has submitted records and helped with survey work during the year, and the great efforts of all those who helped us with practical management on the reserve – the results above are down to your efforts on the land, so thank you and well done.

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