Tuesday, June 19th 2012

A few of the ringers have spent several fruitless evenings looking for Golden Plover chicks on nearby moors.  Last night we tried again, with luck on our side!

Golden Plover nests are found hidden on the heather moor, and the chicks are camouflaged almost perfectly with the yellow mosses on the ground.  This makes spotting them from the car very difficult unless they are moving about.

Once released again after ringing they quickly run away to saftey hiding again in the heather, though after some persuading this one finally posed for the camera!

Meanwhile on the reserve today the volunteer team was out in force starting to clear an area of heathland that has become overgrown.  John and Sophie decided to tackle this rather large Birch tree the old fashioned way.  They made us wait until they had caught their breath back before we were allowed to take this celebratory photo.

In other news the money raised at Catterick Market has been counted, coming in at £366.04.  This represents a fantastic effort from all those who gave up their weekend to help us raise this considerable sum.

(2) Comments:

Sarah responded on 20th Jun 2012 with...

The part-grown in plumage patterns on those golden plover chicks are stunning - thanks for taking the photos. It’s great to get these special glimpses of the countryside world we city-folk just can’t see!
I may have missed the post where you explained this but why do you ring all the different types of bird? Is it because they migrate, or are you tracking growths and declines in population, or is it for something else?

Foxglove Covert LNR responded on 21st Jun 2012 with...

Thank you for your comments and interest. A vast amount of information can be gleaned from ringing the different birds. Migration, population dynamics and longevity are some of the main studies. At Foxglove the ringing has taken place over 20 years and is a good indicator of site fidelity and adult survival too. All of the data is collated by the British Trust for Ornithology. For more information see the bird ringing section.

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