A Beautiful Day

Monday, February 20th 2012

The sun cast early morning shadows across the frosty moor but despite the warmth the temperatures remained low and the paths remained frozen all day long.

Frosty moor

Many people enjoyed their walks around the reserve, many for the first time.  Some visited the ringing room where the process of ringing was explained and also the importance of the data collected. 

Over 130 birds were processed including Brambling, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Reed Bunting, and an excess of new Coal Tits!  Considering that this species was quite uncommon when we started ringing at Foxglove 20 years ago the situation has changed significantly, and it is now almost our most common winter resident.  One newly ringed Blackbird with a very long wing was probably a migrant from Europe that will shortly be heading back there.  A retrapped Chaffinch was ringed as a juvenile in 2004 making it eight years old!


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