Two To Go

Sunday, August 6th 2017

CES 10 was a 0500 start and for the first time in a while there was a beautiful sunrise.


The nets were opened across the reserve and throughout the day net rounds were carried out. Over 300 birds were returned to the ringing room.  There were some surprises.  A juvenile Green Woodpecker was ringed.  These birds are often heard and sometimes seen, but not often caught in a mist net. 

Another rare visitor was this Tree Pipit.  These birds have seriously declined since the 1980's and are now on the Red List of Threatened Species.  Not so long ago they were breeding on the reserve.

Tree Pipit

Whitethroats are not endangered but it is not a bird we see often so it was very special to see one in the ringing room.


Kingfisher sightings have increased over the last few weeks and today was no exception.  John saw them fishing from the tree in the lake and spotted this one with a fish!

Kingfisher with fish

Two were caught today.


Thank you to everyone who helped.  As it happened, it was only when the numbers were crunched at the end of the day that we realised it had been the best CES day 10 ever, with 332 birds caught and processed of 26 species.  Previous records were 330 in 2009 and 323 in 2006.  So a good result for all those that contribute to the ringing actvities on the reserve.  This photo is of a stunning young male hatched quite recently.

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