Sunshine and Shadows

Sunday, April 9th 2017

Early morning sunshine was casting shadows through the conifer plantation.

Shadows in the conifer plantation

The moorland was also in shadow.

Shadows on the moor

Plover's Pool is developing and in amongst the vegetation a Moorhen was swimming, trying to make sure she was unseen.  Presumably somewhere there will be a nest.  Two Curlew were also exploring the Pool.  One remained whilst the other flew to the wetland.

Curlew

 The warm, strong, bright sunshine shone on the nets so the birds could see them and avoid them, so it was a quiet day.  Each ringing day is different.  Last week many Redpolls and Siskin, today only one of each.  Chiffchaffs were caught and the first Willow Warbler.  These tiny birds weigh about 7g.  This one had flown 5000 miles from Africa and will do the return journey in autumn.

Willow Warbler

Although cool overnight there were several moths on the Field Centre, including The Streamer, newly hatched, by the brightmess of its colours.  Its flight season is April and May.  The larvae feed on the leaves and flowers of Dog Rose.

The Streamer moth

Thank you to all the bird ringers who helped today.  Some of the CES (Constant Effort Site) nets were put in after not being used over winter, to check that all was well.  Thank you also to Glennis for the sausage rolls and to Ken and Linda who kept us all supplied with cups of tea!

And finally I could not resist taking photographs of these Bulrushes.  Over winter they stand  proud and brown.  Now they look like fluffy lollipops!

Bulrush


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