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Record Ringing

Sunday, January 23rd 2011

With 410 birds being processed today a new record was set for the number of birds caught on the Reserve in one day.  To exceed the very reasonable numbers trapped previously in a single day really does take some doing, but with 12 ringers and the scribe on parade 288 new birds of 17 species were ringed smashing the previous best by a considerable margin.  Nice to see - and very beneficial for the trainees were: 107 Brambling, 47 Lesser Redpolls and 4 Common Redpoll, but there was the inevitable Sparrowhawk and also Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Goldfinch and Great Spotted Woodpecker.  Among the retraps was a 5 year old Blue Tit, a 6 year old Robin, and two 7 year old Chaffinches!

Meanwhile….....ringers and volunteers removed some of the sluice boards from the weir so that the contractors will have a reasonably dry bankside to work on when the extension of the lake begins in March.  This is the first time the water levels have been altered in over 10 years and the boards were not keen to be moved!  As the water gushed out the ice on the surface began to crack and made some very odd sounds indeed.a man releasing the water from the weir

letting the water out

On the way back to the Field Centre, Honeysuckle was seen in leaf; it's a welcome reminder that Spring is on the way - slowly!


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