Saturday, December 28th 2013

Spring sees chicks ringed in nest boxes, then it is the beginning of CES. The visit to Cape Wrath takes place in summer and this is followed by the remaining CES days.  Ringing, dependent on the weather, continues through to winter.  But autumn and winter also see the beginning of inputting all the bird ringing data into IPMR, the data handling programme, used by the BTO.

It was wet and windy today at Foxglove, with the pressure reading 976mb, so it was a good day to stay indoors and input data.  The last of the Meadow Pipit information was was entered.  Strong winds at the Crater meant we did not visit as often as we would have liked.  However we did ring over 800 Meadow Pipits, most of these being new birds.  Few other sites, if any, ring this number of Meadow Pipits.

Meadow Pipit

Cape Wrath data was also inputted and there were two Fulmars aged 16 years and one aged 18 years.  A Guillemot retrapped this year was 13 years old.


The weekly moth data is being entered into the Species Programme and it has highlighted certain moths.  Flounced Rustic was recorded on 18th June 2013, but had not been seen since 31st August 2011. Other moths caught this year but not recorded for some time are Epiblema cynosbatella,  Broken-barred Carpet, Willow Beauty and Small Rivulet.

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