Birds

Sunday, February 1st 2015

Bramblings have been absent from Foxglove so far this winter.  The first one to arrive made its appearance on the day the birds were being counted for the RSPB Bird Watch, but as stated in the blog for that day it did not reappear to be recorded!  However over the last week more of these beautiful winter migrants have been seen in the back garden.

Brambling

It is at this time of year that all the bird ringing data must be inputted into IPMR and sent to the BTO.  A huge task, even though the data from ringing at Foxglove is entered as we ring.  In 2014, 9992 birds were processed from sites which included Foxglove and the surrounding training area as well as Cape Wrath.  There were 7881 new birds, 2058 retraps and 29 controls. 

A huge thank you to all the bird ringers who turn out at dawn for CES, spend many evenings in the spring walking up and down steep hills to ring chicks in nest boxes and Tony for inputting all the data.

It will not be long before the whole cycle starts all over again, tawnies from April and CES in May!  How exciting!


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