Another Side of Bird Ringing

Sunday, October 19th 2014

There was a rainbow over Foxglove as the bird ringers arrived this morning.  

Rainbow over Foxglove

The weather was not suitable for ringing today, so a net mending morning was planned.  Over time the nets acquire more holes and larger ones than they should have, so a bit of stitching was needed.  A lesson on what to do…

Mending nets

and then the real stitching began.

Stitching the nets

Some of the loops that are put over the poles to hold the nets in the right position also suffer from wear and tear and needed replacing.

Fixing the loops

There are many things that go on behind the scenes to ensure that ringing can take place.  Washing bird bags, repairing them, charging batteries, mending nets, bringing in food and of course ensuring the net rides are mowed and ready are just some of the jobs that need to be done.  Bird ringers and their support team, Tuesday and Thursday volunteers are all involved, so a huge thank you to everyone.


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