Really Busy

Saturday, April 30th 2016

The bird ringers have been out checking nests and nest boxes.  Jack, down on Salisbury Plain, photographed this Long-tailed Tit nest, beautifully made from lichens and cobwebs.

Long Tailed Tit nest

He also found this Moorhen's nest.

Moorhen's nest

Our Moorhen chicks have not been seen today, but hopefully they are tucked away in the reeds.  The Greylag Geese are keeping a watch over their chicks.  Usually the chicks are found between the adults.  This photograph was taken just after they had had a feed.

Greylag and chicks

On another site Grey Heron chicks were ringed.  You can see what these chicks have in their diet. 

Grey Heron chicks

It was late when the ringers had finished ringing the chicks as can be seen by this beautiful evening photograph taken by Oliver.

Evening

Dippers nest early and their nest and young have been found.  You can just imagine the encouragement given from those above to Sophie in the water!

Encouragement

Extra help was needed.

Extra help

And here is the Dipper chick.  You can see the large gape that it has, which encourages the parents to feed it.

Dipper Chick

Out on the training area the first Lapwing chick of the season was photographed by Hedley.

Lapwing chick

The bird ringers have been working hard and this is just the beginning of the season.   Thank you  to Robin, Hedley and Oliver for these photographs.


(1) Comments:

Janet Hutchinson responded on 1st May 2016 with...

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Thank you very much to all the ringers at Foxglove Covert today.  In particular, I would like to thank Tony who patiently allowed me to hold some of the birds and let me release them.  I was thrilled to be with you all today and to observe the birds so closely.  You were all so incredibly busy which proves what a great success Foxglove Covert is.  The range of species and numbers of birds must be very encouraging for you all.  I hope I didn’t get in the way. 

Best wishes to you all.

Janet Hutchinson

 

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