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CES 1

Monday, May 2nd 2011

Not ideal conditions for the first day of CES, bright, sunny and windy.  However the species list was interesting and those who braved the early reveille were rewarded with some nice birds including 4 Tawny Owls, Woodcock and Moorhen.  The bright sunshine and strong winds had a significant impact on the catch and there have been only 4 poorer days for CES day 1 in 19 years. 

Baby owl being ringed

Many of the large boxes were also checked around the reserve and although two young Tawnies were ringed there are many boxes to return to later.  Some owlets were so large they were almost ready to leave the nest and others are still inside the egg shells!  Above you can see Jenny, Tom and Stuart in one of the plantations and below Lesley and Martin in the ringing room. 

Owl just before release

The Woodcock ringed below by Emma was the 17th caught on the reserve although they are regularly seen roding at dusk.  Perhaps it wasn't to be a day for quantity but it certainly was for quality - and there were many visitors to the ringing room who enjoyed what they saw.  Our thanks to Whitfield for the photographs and Elizabeth for scribing.

Woodcock


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