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CES day 5

Sunday, June 14th 2009

Lots of activity here today. There were 10 bird ringers in for CES day 5 and the Richmond Beekeepers course ran the second session. Of the 222 birds caught the ringing highlight was definitely the second - year male Pied Flycatcher, pictured here.

Male Pied Flycatcher

They are quite uncommon on the reserve. Other species included Kingfisher, Lesser Redpoll, 17 new Bullfinches, Treecreeper, Goldfinch and even three Rooks! The ringers also retrapped a male Chaffinch born in 1998 and first ringed at Foxglove in June 1999. This bird is now 11 years old and it has been caught once every year since it was ringed with the exception of 2001 and 2006 when it was never seen at all. It will probably be the longest lived passerine caught at Foxglove. The longest lived Chaffinch recorded in UK is 12 years so this bird is getting very close to setting a new record!

A hybrid between Wood and Water AvensAlso pictured is a hybrid between Wood and Water Avens. These are in flower all along the banks of Risedale Beck.

From comments overheard the beekeepers have had a really good course with gentle bees and good weather. The beginners were very enthusiastic and raring to acquire their own hives!

The reserve again had dozens of visitors enjoying the beautiful weather. Buzzards were circling overhead on thermals for most of the afternoon.

Elizabeth returned the Foxglove species list today which she has been slaving over for at least a couple of months. The detail involved is significant and having brought the last five years up to date the list of species for the reserve now stands at 1911 - which is fantastic! We are very grateful to her!


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