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Views and Ringing

Saturday, December 10th 2016

The lake was like a mirror and the reflections were almost perfect.

The lake

Although Foxglove is now in her winter coat it is quite amazing how much colour can still be seen in this unusal view of the stone circle.

Stone Circle

The reeds are impressive whether against a blue or grey sky.

Reeds against the grey sky

It was a late start for the bird ringers.  They were kept busy with net rounds returning with a variety of species.

Net rounds

Over 200 birds were processed including nine new Blackbirds.  Some of these were very big birds and how we wished they could talk and tell us where they had come from, possibly the continent?  Data from ringing seemed to indicate that Blue Tits had not done very well this year but over the last few weeks their numbers have increased significantly and today 13 new birds and 38 retraps were recorded!  Redpoll and Siskin numbers have been low too in recent sessions but some are beginning to appear again on the reserve.  Eight Reed Buntings were caught in one net as they dived into the reeds to roost for the evening.

Thank you to everyone who helped today.


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