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
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 !