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 how we manage the NNR for both wildlife and people.

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Wednesday 23 June 2021

19/06/21 - Shot Peregrine released

Hot on the heels of our last raptor post, yesterday we had the privilege of once again working with Jean, when she brought in a rehabilitated Peregrine Falcon to release on the NNR. This bird had disgracefully been shot, and was picked up in the grounds of Selby Abbey unable to fly – and she certainly wouldn’t have travelled far with her injuries. Thankfully she was soon on her way to Jean, who patiently cared for the her, with the help from Mark Naguib at Battle Flatts Vets. After several weeks she was deemed fit and well enough to go back into the wild, and so it was decided she would be released onto the reserve at North Duffield Carrs – not wise to let her go in Selby for obvious reasons, but close enough that she will recognise the local area within her ‘patch’.

The story doesn’t end there though – she was ringed eight years ago as a chick in the nest at Staythorpe, Nottinghamshire - providing us with an insight into the origins of at least one Peregrine that has colonised the area over recent years.

Another great job by Jean and the Battle Flatts team, and a real privilege to be involved in the release. Anyone with any information as to who may have committed such a crime needs to please come forward and report it to the police, thank you.

Wednesday 16 June 2021

10/06/21 - Buzzard chick

Last year whilst working at Thornton Ellers we found a Common Buzzard chick on the ground beneath a nest high up in trees - fortunately it was OK, and after a couple of days in care with Jean, it was successfully returned to its nest. This year a similar thing happened, with another young chick found on the ground again, however this time the nest could not be located, and so Jean soon found herself in the care of the Buzzard chick – unbeknown to Jean, we had just been out surveying on the NNR, and had checked last years nest to see if it had been reused, and had been pleased to see two chicks peering over the side of the nest.

Several hours later Jean contacted us to say she had just received the Buzzard chick which needed a new home - and although Jean could have reared the young chick on for release, it is obviously better for the bird to be ‘wild’ reared, so we hatched a plan to adopt it into our nest on the reserve. This has been done before with other species with good success, so it seemed like the best option. With a tree climber having just become part of our team, the young chick was soon placed into the nest, where it joined two other similar sized birds. Watching from a safe distance, we were then delighted to see the adults return shortly afterwards with food, with all three being fed. We’ll carefully monitor the nest over the coming weeks to check all is well, and with each of the three young being colour-ringed we’ll be able to monitor their long-term progress. Many thanks to Jean and our team for their efforts.