CES 9 and Deputy Reserve Manager’s Post

Monday, August 1st 2011

It was a cold beginning to CES 9.  As the nets were being put up dawn was breaking.

Dawn over the lake

Several visitors came into the ringing room and the bird ringers demonstrated and explained the bird ringing process.  The young visitors, much to their delight, were allowed to release some of the birds.

This Sedge Warbler was caught at 7am.

Sedge Warbler

The day was a record breaker for on visit 9 of our 19th year we caught 346 birds with limited nets out, and less than full strength in the ringing team.  This is an amazing number and the highest by a long way for this particular visit.  216 birds were new, of 20 different species.  Notable was the Sedge Warbler, 15 Siskin, 34 Greenfinch, 43 Chaffinch, 15 Blackcap and 16 Willow Warbler.

On a slightly different tack, the Management Group has now sifted the 70 applications for the Deputy Reserve Manager's post and 9 people have been called forward for interview on Thu 4 Aug.  The field was very strong with quality that made the choice extremely difficult.  The new Deputy Reserve Manager, to be selected from 5 men and 4 women, will hopefully be appointed on Fri 5 Aug.

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