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Sunday, June 17th 2018

Bird ringers arrived for another 4am start.  In the distance a Tawny Owl called and then as dawn was breaking so the smaller birds started to sing, filling the reserve with quiet song and chattering. 

Wavell School visited the reserve recently and have been following our Blog.  They have seen the juvenile Robin with its speckled breast. The photograph below shows a juvenile Robin just beginning to gain its red breast, so that it will look like the Robins on Christmas cards.

Juvenile Robin.

Eight Robins, six Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 15 Goldfinches, 16 Great Tits - many of which were juveniles - were newly ringed;  Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff young as well as this Nuthatch also received rings.


In total 225 birds were processed of 23 species.  The total of birds makes it one of the best CES 5 days during the whole of the time CES has run.

As always thanks to the bird ringers for all their hard work and to those other volunteers who ensured that the net rides were ready for today.

It is always interesting to wander around to see what is about.  One stop was by the Jack-by-the-Hedge to check on the Orange Tip Butterfly caterpillars.  They have really grown.

Orange Tip Butterfly Caterpillar

Over the last few years the orchids have amazed us by growing in many new places.  Plants need good conditions in which to grow, but there is always one that defies the odds.  This Common Spotted Orchid is growing amongst other vegetation on an old tree stump.

Common Spotted Orchid on tree stump.

Talking of ideal conditions for plants, the winter seed crop in its well prepared area, is coming on well.  The rain yesterday will help.

Winter seed crop

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