CES 11

Sunday, August 21st 2011

A beautiful sunrise over the lake was the backdrop to the nets being put up for CES day 11.

sunrise

The Moon and Jupiter could be be seen in the clear sky.

Moon and Venus

Swaledale Ringing Group was joined by members of the Army and Royal Air Force Ornithological Societies for the day, and together they processed over 260 birds, including Nuthatch, 27 new Bullfinches, Redstart, almost the last of the Willow Warblers, Willow Tit, Lesser Redpoll, Blackcap and Goldcrest.  There were several juvenile, angelic looking Blue Tits, who - although small -have a painful nip!  One of the last birds brought back as the nets were taken down ten and half hours after they had been put up, was a Whitethroat.

At 265 birds caught this was the best result for CES day 11 in all of the 19 years the project has been running at Foxglove.  It brought the number of new birds ringed on the site to 45637 of 76 species!

Sun and warmth meant that the insect life was abundant and the Butterfly Walk lead by Bob saw many butterflies including Comma, Small Heath, Red Admiral and the dancing Speckled Wood.  Later in the afternoon a Brimstone was seen.

The regular sightings of 7 Spot Ladybirds continued today.

7 Spot Ladybirds

The Kidney Spot Ladybirds who have spent all of their lives so far, on the Ash trees are on the move. As they are meant to eat Scale insects, we are not sure what they are finding to eat in their new homes, the picnic tables and the side of the fuel store!

Kidney Spot Ladybird


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