CES 12

Sunday, September 1st 2013

CES 12 took place today, the final CES ringing day of the season. Over 170 birds were processed including Goldcrest, a bird that has not been seen very much during the last few months as a result of the cold, snowy spring.  Pleasingly today's Goldcrests were all birds hatched this year. Many Lesser Redpolls were caught earlier in the year but over the breeding season they too have been scarce.  Today the first juvenile from 2013 was ringed.  Coal Tits spend the summer in the conifer woodlands around Foxglove but as autumn approaches they return to our feeders and it was noticeable by late afternnon that numbers were increasing.  A young Kingfisher was also ringed and sat very quietly whilst having her photograph taken.


This is the 21st year of CES at Foxglove so by the end of the day 252 CES days, each of ten and a half hours, had been completed without missing a single one!  Over 40,000 birds have been ringed during the Foxglove CES and all this data has been sent to the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) for statistical analysis.  It is a fantastic achievement and many, many thanks go to everyone who has been involved over the years.  A more detailed summary will be produced for the blog within the next few days.

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