Sunday, 17 April 2011

A long overdue update.

Since I last posted (shockingly about a month ago >.<)  we have finished winter ringing started the first pullus of the year and will soon be 'owling'.

The winter totals for our farmland site are as follows...

Northorpe Fen- Winter 10/11
Brambling- nearly 300!
Reed Buntings- 236
Yellowhammers- 217
Goldfinches- 197
Chaffinches- 117

Also of note is the Bourne Woods site, specifically Bob Sheppards garden, with amazing Redpoll totals.

Lesser Redpoll- 320
Common Redpoll- 70

I also ringed my first Meadow Pipit since my last post.

The first Pulli of the year also began with the ringing of 2 Heron chicks and with a returned date on the cards to get to the other nests. The first Owl checks have also begun, of note a very early Little Owl egg (the date I'll confirm when I remember). Another Little Owl when released after processing headed straight down a rat hole, interesting behaviour.

Yesterday I attended the BTO conference at Riseholme college, Lincoln. The talk was very informative and it was nice to be able to put faces to names I have heard a lot about through the other ringers. Hopefully in years to come I'll be working as part of other conservation schemes as a career, fingers crossed !

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