Ponds and Photographs, Birds and Rings

Monday, November 28th 2016

I was working on our wetland again today. This is an area of Foxglove which is not open for the public to walk around, but can be viewed from our wetland hide, or from the ‘milk crate’ hide (from where, after some recent clearing work, one can now see across a number of ponds). As some of you may know ponds on our wetland are Flagship Ponds, meaning that this is one of the best pond sites in England and Wales, but did you know that the Freshwater Habitats Trust have a Flagship Pond Photo Competition running at the moment?

The competition is open until 31st October 2017, but as they would like to see photos reflecting the different character and activity of Flagship Pond sites through the seasons why not try for some winter shots sometime soon?! Bring your camera and look out from a hide… A frosty morning, frozen ponds, a snipe rising, a sunset or just a view across the ponds with the ponies or activity on the military training area in the background…

In other news, we’ve had some more reports from the BTO about birds we’ve ringed or processed – we get these every time we process a bird ringed by someone else (a control) or someone else records one of the birds we’ve ringed (a recovery). Some of the more exciting ones are on interactive maps on our interesting recoveries page. We’ve had new reports telling us that sand martins we processed in July this year were originally ringed in Icklesham in Sussex last year and in Gibraltar Point, Lincolnshire in 2013. I’ve also learnt that a great tit which I processed was ringed in the nest 7km away in West Applegarth earlier this year.

However, it’s not just bird ringers who can report a ringed bird: we also had a recovery of a meadow pipit which we had ringed in September 2014 from a veterinary surgery in Oxfordshire. A couple of phone calls later and we know a bit more. This bird was brought to the vets having been found in poor condition on The Ridgeway by someone walking their dog. The vets passed it to their local wildlife rescue, but it didn't pull through. A sad tale, but still interesting to know what happened.

On a more cheerful note, don’t forget it’s our December Winter Worky Day this coming Saturday (3rd December) - if you’re planning to come and haven’t yet let us know please do so, as we need to make sure we order enough food for everyone!

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