Last Day at the Crater

Saturday, October 1st 2016

The bird ringing team spent the morning at the Crater.  Most of the Mipits have continued their journey south and it was the last wave that we were catching.  Mist surrounded us as the nets were opened. 

Mist surrounded us

Then a hint of sunshine.

A hint of sunshine

And finally some blue sky, but it did not last long.

Blue Sky

Just after lunch the nets were taken down and all the guys removed.  Once the birds had been processed, all the equipment was returned to the cars to be taken home, unloaded and stored safely ready for next year.

Over 80 Mipits were ringed including one adult.  The juvenile below, had built up its fat reserves ready for its journey south.

Meadow Pipit

Five Reed Buntings were also ringed.  Flying overhead were Goldfinches, Mallard, a Grey Heron, Buzzard, heard but not seen, and a Kestrel, which was being mobbed by many smaller birds.

There have been some exciting days at the Crater this year, including the day when over 500 Mipits were processed.  We think the total now stands at over 1200, but will have more details when all the data has been entered into IPMR.  Like all bird ringing, it does not just happen.  Planning, organisation and commitment are needed and a huge thank you goes to everyone who has contributed this year in one form or another.  Already we have had one recovery of a bird we ringed there and doubtless there will be more to come.  It has been a great team effort.

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