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A very busy day Bird Ringing

Saturday, June 2nd 2018

Apologies for the lateness of this blog, which should have been up yesterday evening.

Yesterday was a very busy day for all involved with Foxglove and the Swaledale Ringing Group. As ever Colin was in filling bird feeders in preparation for CES 3, Jenny and Lesley were out all day checking nest boxes and ringing chicks at Hudswell Grange and Badger Beck, and Tony was working at sites across the Military Training Estate ringing all manner of interesting birds.

I started my day strimming the mini meadows by the Grand Fir, avoiding patches of wildflowers by cutting scallops in the same way that you would manage a woodland ride. 

After finishing I met up with Tony with the aim of ringing a couple of ever elusive Kestrels not far from the Reserve. We missed one due to equipment failure, but managed to sneak up on this gorgeous female in Stonecutter Woods.  It transpired that Stacey ringed this bird as an adult last year in the box at Foxglove Farm, a few hundred yards from where she is nesting today.

If you cast your mind back to Friday 18th May you will remember that she was not at home last time we called; here's to hoping that those five eggs have now hatched and that she is sitting on five healthy chicks.

Buoyed with this success I hot-footed over to Marne Barrack to meet up with Sophie and finish checking the remaining nest boxes.

Marne Barracks seems to have been very successful, especially for Great Tit; so much so that we even came across a Great Tit chick that was clearly being very well looked after alongside five Blue Tit chicks in a Blue Tit nest.

The white outer tail feathers and mardy face gave away the Great Tit chick (click here for our recent blog post on Tit chick ID). 

To cap off a very successful day of ringing we finished at an undisclosed location up in the Dales where the group ringed a Peregrine Falcon nest with a healthy brood of four chicks.

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