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Surprises!

Wednesday, July 22nd 2015

As is becoming the norm the weather played a part in CES 8.  It should have been held on Sunday but the forecast for wind and rain obviously meant that it was not possible.  After careful scrutiny of many forecasts, today was decided upon for CES 8. 

Amazingly a juvenile Mallard Duck was caught in a net!  As you can see in the photograph, it had most of its feathers but its wings were hardly formed.  

Juvenile Mallard Duckling

There were more Chaffinches ringed today, 22, than in recent weeks.  Their numbers are also increasing in the back garden at the feeding stations.  Bullfinches continue to visit the ringing room and another 13 left sporting their new rings.  Other birds included Robins, Wrens, Willow Warblers and Blackcaps.

Another surprise, not in a net, was a Mole.  Usually these are recorded as mole hills or sometimes a dead one, today a live one.  Judging by its size, it too was a juvenile.

Overnight over 80 moths of 33 species found their way into the moth trap.

A busy day for bird ringers and 'moth-ers'.  Thank you to everyone who helped.


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