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.

Friday, 30 September 2011

September - Summary

The total number of wildfowl caught within the LDV this month = 63

Mallard 27
Moorhen 3
Teal 33


The odd hour spent before work on a morning ringing at the office produced a total 93 birds and 2 re-traps for Bank Island this month.

Blue Tit 4
Chaffinch 5
Coal Tit 1
Crossbill 1 (new bird for the Ings!)
Dunnock 4
Goldfinch 27 (2)
Great Tit 5
Greenfinch 35
Robin 3
Tree Sparrow 8

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

28/09/11 - September Recoveries (2)

Today we received another four recoveries, three from colour rings which is very pleasing, especially the two Whoopers to Iceland!

Coot (GC59953) ringed as a 3M at North Duffield on 23/10/98, sighted on 26/08/11 on Shibdon Pond, Newcastle (identified by colour rings).

Whooper Swan (W09345), ringed as a 3M on 16/12/05 at North Duffield, sighted on 02/04/09 in Iceland (identified by darvic).

Whooper Swan (W24873), ringed as a 3 on 30/11/08 at North Duffield, sighted on 02/04/09 in Iceland (identified by darvic).

Wigeon (FP68613) ringed as a 4M at North Duffield on 11/11/07, recovered 07/05/11 in Russia (shot).

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

27/09/11 - & we’re off!

Ta-dah! An early rise to fire the whoosh net this morning resulted in the first two Teal of the autumn!




Friday, 16 September 2011

16/09/11 - September Recoveries

A few recoveries received today, two more Wigeon to Russia and a Whooper to Iceland.

Whooper Swan (W24868), ringed as a 4 on 30/11/08 at North Duffield, recovered on 16/06/11 in Iceland (dead on beach).

Wigeon (FP65520), ringed as a 3M on 14/12/03 at North Duffield, recovered on 09/05/11 in Russia (shot).

Wigeon (FP93603), ringed as a 4M on 25/10/05 at North Duffield, recovered on 23/04/11 in Russia (shot).

Thursday, 15 September 2011

15/09/11 - A surprise from Jean!

Today Jean Thorpe brought in a Nightjar which she had been looking after, it was found on a boat sailing from Finland to Hull. It hadn’t eaten or had a drink in three days but Jean nursed it back to health before bringing it in to Bank Island to be ringed. It was released into mixed woodland with pasture and conifer plantation near Birdsall, Malton. Great job Jean!

                                Recovering at Ryedale Rehabilitation Centre
 


                                          Being ringed at Wheldrake

Juvenile Nightjar

Monday, 5 September 2011

Ruff Recoveries

The reason why we colour ring!

Today we received another colour ringed Ruff sighting. In total seven Ruff were caught on 04/04/09 at North Duffield Carrs, and out of those seven, three have been seen again in a subsequent winter and two others have been seen away from the site, one in the Netherlands. 

                                             Colour ringed Ruff (Cley)

                                        Colour ringed Ruff (Netherlands)

 
Ruff (DB88671) ringed as a 4M on 04/04/09 at North Duffield Carrs, recovered on 31/03/10 at North Duffield Carrs.


Ruff (DB88171) ringed as a 6M on 19/02/03 at Bubwith Bridge, recovered on 16/02/06 at North Duffield Carrs, 15/05/06 at Aughton Ings and then 09/02/07 at Ellerton Ings.


Ruff (DB88670) ringed as a 6M on 04/04/09 at North Duffield Carrs, recovered on 02/02/10 at North Duffield Carrs, 03/02/10 at Bubwith Ings, 13/03/10 at North Duffield Carrs and lastly 03/07/10 in the Netherlands.


Ruff (SV57655) ringed as a 4F on 04/04/09 at North Duffield Carrs, recovered on 03/02/10 at Bubwith Ings.


Ruff (DB88667) ringed as a 6M on 04/04/09 at North Duffield Carrs, recovered on 03/02/10 at Bubwith Ings.


Ruff (1485521) ringed as a 4M on 29/04/05 in the Netherlands, recovered on 15/07/05 at Cley Marshes Norfolk, 12/06/06 in Norway, 30/06/06 at Cley Marshes Norfolk, 22/08/06 at Blacktoft, The Humber, 12/12/06 at North Duffield Carrs, 08/08/07 at Cley Marshes Norfolk, 21/04/08 at Wheldrake Ings, 24/04/08 in the Netherlands, 05/05/08 in Sweden and lastly 03/01/09 at Bubwith Ings!
                                                                                                                                               
Ruff (1512544) ringed as a 4M on 18/04/09 in the Netherlands, recovered on 01/04/10 at North Duffield Carrs, 21/04/10 in the Netherlands and 23/10/10 at Ellerton.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

01/09/11 - Ringing at the Office (Bank Island)

The first day netting at the feeding station by the office brought a total of 44 new birds, the majority being juveniles. We also had 2 re-trap Goldfinch, with one of them sporting a set of colour rings, left leg: purple over red.

Goldfinch (adult in moult)
 

Colour-ringed Goldfinch