Ringing: February 2017
We are running a ringing course for the BTO. It is from the evening of Thursday August 10th until lunchtime on Sunday August 13th. The course is designed for people who are already ringers but want to gain extra experience, or, a permit upgrade. Cost will be £110 full board. Details from I.Hunter email firstname.lastname@example.org
The work on the boardwalk continues well. Thank you to the donor who contributed protector plates for our nest boxes.
Recent news of an interesting Robin control from last autumn. We caught a bird with a Helgoland ring on October 8th. It had been ringed 16 days earlier on Helgoland,545 km north-east of here. Surprisingly this is only about the 30th Robin from Germany that has been caught in the UK. We still await details of the Robin with a Moscow ring.
Fifteen new birds and 14 retraps in the morning included five new Long-tailed Tits and a Reed Bunting. An evening session added a Fieldfare and a Blackbird.
A small, dedicated, band continue to work on the boardwalk as is shown in the photos.
Due to a combination of poor weather, continued hard work on the boardwalk and travel to exotic places such as Japan and Scarborough there has not been a great deal of ringing activity. Two sessions so far included a visit to the South end of the estate which yielded nine new birds including two Green Woodpeckers and four Dunnocks. A Chiffchaff and Goldcrest were retrapped in the Whitehouse indicating the earlier cold snap had not driven birds away.