Working Together

Saturday, May 19th 2018

Careful organisation and everyone working together we were able to hold our Birdsong Breakfast and complete CES 2 today.  Huge thanks to everyone involved, your help and support is really appreciated.

Starting with the BSB, two groups set off around the reserve to listen to the Dawn Chorus.  Cuckoo, Garden Warbler, Blackbird, Chiffchaff and Song Thrush were amongst some heard.  One group stopped at the pond dipping platform to listen for Willow Warblers.

Bird Song Breakfast

After walking around Foxglove they all set off to head to the training area to see what was about.  Mark took this fantastic photograph of a Curlew in flight.

Curlew in flight

People were able to see two Curlew chicks ringed and also see at first hand how difficult it can be to find them, as once released into the vegetation they almost totally disappeared from sight.

Hunt the Curlew Chicks

The convoy continued to cross the training area before heading to Wathgill for breakfast.   Thanks to the chefs for yet another excellent spread.  Everybody thoroughly enjoyed this event.

The Convoy

Meanwhile back at Foxglove the nets were raised.  It was not a busy day as is often the case with CES 2, as most of the females are still sitting on nests.  We did catch two juvenile Robins.  A beautiful Sedge Warbler was also processed,

Sedge Warbler

and a female Blackcap.

Female Backcap


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