Sunny and Warm

Monday, July 8th 2013

A slightly cool morning but as the sun rose so did the temperature.  The lovely day was enjoyed by many visitors who walked around the reserve.  Damselflies and dragonflies were hunting insects.  Bees continued to be busy around many flowers that are now in bloom.  Finally the Cotton Grass is ready to release its seeds in the gentle breezes.

Seeds being released from Cotton Grass

The first ripe Strawberry was pinched, not by a bird!  Rowan and Hawthorn berries are developing ready for the birds to feast on in the autumn.

Orchids continue to bloom in many areas of the reserve.

Orchid

Hidden amongst the grasses, Slender St John's Wort is flowering.

Slender St John's Wort

It was CES 7 and as usual, visitors were welcomed into the ringing room.  Many juvenile birds were handled, including Robin, Wren and Greenfinch.  Great Tits, who have been ringed whilst in nest boxes were also processed.  The first young Coal Tit was seen.  Most of the resident youngsters are still in juvenile plumage, but the Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff young are well through their moult.  In about 6 to 8 weeks they will be heading back to Africa and so will need their plumage in pristine condition.

227 birds were processed by the bird ringers.   Although it is said every ringing day, the hard work of the volunteer bird ringers, staff and other volunteers is really appreciated - thank you very much.


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