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Mipits Again

Saturday, September 26th 2015

Ringers arrived at 0630 at The Crater.  There was a beautiful sunrise. 

Sunrise at the Crater

Unfortunately the cloud cover did not break but the consolation was that it was not too cold. 

The Mipit season is coming to a close as they all continue their move south.  It was noticeable that many of the birds were beginning to build up their fat store ready for their long journey.  Fat scores on the birds can be recorded to be entered into IMPR.  Tony took the opportunity to explain to the ringers, where the fat was laid down and how to record it.

Recording Fat Scores

For many years the stone outside the Crater has been of great value to those people whose legs are less than long.  Joy of joys today, the gate was opened!

An open gate

In the spring and summer the Crater has a great variety of species, from Great Crested Newts to Primroses, Cinnabar Moth caterpillars and Common Blue Butterflies.  At this time of year Peacock Butterflies are finding suitable places to spend the winter after making the most of the food provided by the late flowering thistles and Ragwort.  This butterfly was found in the grass close to a path, so to save it from being trodden on it was placed on a tree leaf.

Butterfly on leaf

There is a transformation when it opens its wings to show itself as a Peacock butterfly.

Peacock Butterfly

Over 60 Meadow Pipits were ringed along with some young Goldfinch.  Many thanks to everyone who helped today.


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