Bird Ringing

Monday, August 28th 2023

The Swaledale Bird Ringers met at the gate for 0700.  Jack, down on Salibury Plain, informed us that it was all over by then!!  Sophie expained that the birds in the north sleep later!!  Hayley had also been up early in Skagen.

Jack sent us a photo of a misty Salisbury Plain.

As the forecast suggested rain showers, and having experienced some of them over the last few days, only a couple of nets were raised so that if a downpour happened the nets were close and could be emptied quickly and furled.  We were lucky and the rain stayed away until just before lunch.  The newly ringed birds included Willow Warbler, Dunnock, Goldcrest, Blue and Great Tit. 

The summer migrants will soon be heading south, but our local birds also are on the move.  Coal Tits spend their summer breeding in the conifers on and off the reserve, but as autumn approaches they come back to our feeders. 

Once the nets were taken in we started work on the net ride.  Like all the vegetation it has grown really well over the last three or four years.  The group worked at cutting and then dragging the brash into a neat pile.

It is certainly work in progress as there is much more to do and many other net rides to be looked at over the winter.

Thank you to everyone who carried out the ringing and work.  Thanks also to the volunteers Peter and Brian, who have strimmed the net rides.

A reminder that there is a trail around the Red Route asking you to look, count and answer some questions (answers on the back of the card).

Also there is another Family Discovery Day on Wednesday.  More details on the Events page.


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