Welcome to the LDV NNR ringing blog, this blog is designed to share the experiences, findings and tales from a group of dedicated ringers. We specialise in conservation orientated research projects, largely focusing on wildfowl, waders, owls and birds of conservation concern, in and around the Vale of York NNR's.
NB - Whilst the purpose of this blog was initially designed to cover our nationally important wildfowl ringing activities, regular readers may have noticed the increase in posts detailing wildlife found across the valley (ranging from plants, fungi, butterflies, dragonflies & other invertebrates). Ringing posts will hopefully resume over the winter months, and will run alongside wildlife and work posts.
Wednesday, 6 May 2015
Wednesday, 29 April 2015
On arrival at Jean’s the bird (adult female) was found to be fairly light (266g), which is similar to other weights recently (257g, 233g), with the average weight of a female usually being around 350-450g, again adding more information to the question of whether they are struggling to find enough food. After a week to come round and feed up she was released back at her ‘home’ in Melbourne on Monday. She was definitely ready to go and glided across the fields quickly disappearing out of sight. There is a possibility that we may come across her again later in the year whilst carrying out our nest box checks – last year we ringed several broods from the Barn Owl pairs that nest in and around Melbourne.