Wonderful Waders and Water Birds

Sunday, June 3rd 2018

Several waders come inland to breed each spring. This is a great opportunity for the ringing group to catch and ring the chicks before they fledge and make their way to the coast. The Army Training Estate provides perfect habitat for these beautiful summer visitors. Many are ground breeders hence the need to keep dogs under close control in upland areas. This photograph shows a very recently hatched Oystercatcher chick.

Wader nest

These birds are ringed with a large sized ring and need to be a certain age before a ring can be safely fitted.

Oystercatcher

This year appears to have been good for Curlew so far with their numbers seeming to be higher than in previous years although the data will provide evidence of this once submitted to the BTO.

Curlew

Redshank have had successful broods this year too with several chicks being ringed already.

Redshank

Other waders that are usually ringed at this time of year but have not been observed much at all include Golden Plover and Snipe. However, whilst out checking small nest boxes in remote woodlands, members of the ringing team often come across unusual finds. This Goosander was first discovered nesting in a hollow tree last year and has decided to use the same location again this year. 

Goosander

She has successfully reared six chicks in this cosy nook.

Goosander nest

Although too small to ring, the chicks were a delight to see and are an important discovery as there are only nine recorded nests of this kind in the UK.

There are many more intriguing photographs we have taken recently which we hope to share with you in due course.


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