Over the weekend several of the team members kept the ringing going and managed another 8 Coot, 4 Tufted Ducks and 2 Moorhen (majority pulli). Monday was another baking hot day in the valley so it was hard work pushing the corale - but we came away with a young Coot and Moorhen for our efforts. It was the duck trap that really came up trumps today with a massive catch of Gadwall - in fact our biggest ever single catch! 8 ducklings and the adult female! The ducklings were a really good size for ringing and all were fitted with colour rings - including the adult.
After a hard slog yesterday Ragwort’ing and duck catching surprisingly everyone was up for more of the same today! Though for those of you who think it's all about having fun it was decided that duck catching is definitely more tiring than Ragwort’ing!
A long walk through the ditch and all the weed resulted in two Mute Swans, a brood of Tufted Ducks, Mallards and a single Wigeon heading towards the net! We were most pleased to come away with two Tufted Duck ducklings! The lads got very wet for their efforts - but were definitely delighted at the end result.