Work and Finds

Sunday, December 21st 2014

Wet, windy weather is not good for bird ringing, however some of the bird ringers were in this morning mending the nets.  Inputting of the Meadow Pipit data into IPMR continued. 

A recovery of one of these Meadow Pipits has been received.  It was ringed at the Crater on the 2nd September 2014 and eight days later it was caught again in a mist net at Billinge Hill, Merseyside, a distance of 115km. (71miles).  Most  birds ringed at the Crater are rarely caught there again.  This year there were at least two.  The first was ringed on 25th July and caught again on the 4th September, whilst the second was initially ringed on the 25th August and caught again on the 2nd September.

The weekly jobs were completed, the final one being to walk through the woodland.  And there were finds to be found!

Firstly the Scarlet Elfcup is just beginning to grow in one of its usual places.

Scarlet Elfcup

Secondly, a rare find, lying on the woodland floor was a Roe Deer antler.  

Roe Deer antler

On closer inspection the tooth marks of mammals could be seen.  Further research is ongoing to try to find out which mammals are responsible. 

Marks on the antler

Thirdly, in a very prickly Gorse shrub were three 7 Spot Ladybirds.

7 Spot Ladybirds

And final find, with no photograph unfortunately, is the Leaf Parachute fungus found growing in another place.

Thank you to everyone who helped in such a wide variety of activities.

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