Monday, June 18th 2012

It was cold and breezy as the bird ringers arrived at Foxglove for another 04.00 start!  The weather did not change much during the day although at times some sunshine was noted!  Over 120 birds were processed and these included the young of Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Long - tailed Tits, tiny Goldcrests and Willow Warblers.  Great Tits and Blue Tits ringed earlier in the nest boxes were also processed.  This juvenile Blue Tit looks angelic but even at this age can give the ringers a nasty peck!  After all the recent rain, flooding and cold young Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs are quite scarce and certainly behind the curve.  But this is why we do CES and at the end of the season we will be able to say with some authority just how bad a year for the Foxglove birds it has been.

Juvenile Blue Tit

During the day members of the Ryedale Natural History Society enjoyed guided walks around the reserve, finding  flowers and insects, fungi and spiders.  A visit to the wetland finally revealed the Marsh Cinquefoil in flower.

Marsh Cinquefoil

Many thanks to the staff and volunteers who worked hard to make the day a success.


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