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CES 3

Sunday, May 29th 2016

The ringers travelled to Foxglove for a 0415 start under a beautiful half moon.  Expectations of a sunrise behind the stone circle were dashed as it clouded over very quickly and all was grey.  There is always next week.  CES nets were raised first followed by others.  As is usual with CES 3 there were not as many birds processed as in the last two sessions, due to the fact that half the population is sitting on eggs or young.  However 95 birds of 24 different species were processed, including Siskin, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and juvenile Robin and Greenfinch.

The ringing room was quiet when the radio 'talked'.  Great excitement and a request for help very quickly as a Tawny Owl was in the net!  Also in the net were two Jays and a thought that these two birds had discovered the owl at rest and flushed it out.

Tawny Owl

Tufted Ducks nest late and have bred on the wetland pools.  It would be nice the think that these two would nest on the lake so adding to the young to be seen there.  A photo was taken and afterwards it was realised that the Little Grebe was also there, although not for long, as it dived and disappeared!

Tufted Duck with Little Grebe

Thank you to everyone who helped today.


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