A Quiet Day

Monday, March 7th 2011

At 07.45 when all the bird ringers arrived it was cloudy, but as the day progressed the sun came out and the sky was blue.  It was still very cold.  However spring is slowly on its way. Tadpoles were seen in the ponds in the Scrapes. Leaves of Cuckoo Pint and Golden Saxifrage were seen along Risedale Beck.  More Otter spraint was found by Brian and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was noticed excavating a hole.

The bird ringers had a more subdued time with only 191 birds caught.  As the better weather comes along and the days push out we notice the gradual dispersal of the winter flocks as the pairs spread out looking for suitable nesting territories.  A few Brambling linger on, and much the same species as last week were processed including more Siskin and a two year old male Sparrowhawk ringed by Rosie.  A Chaffinch born in 2002 was retrapped making it 9 years old!

All was quiet at the lake with the digger parked up for the day.  Tomorrow the work will continue.

Digger at the lake

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