A Fond Farewell and Ringing Update

Sunday, December 22nd 2019

Although Friday was Alex and Carla's last day of being officially employed at Foxglove, both have promised to return as volunteers until they find fulltime employment. The two graduates from Teesside University have made a positive contribution to the LNR and it has been a real pleasure working with them both over the past three months. They both threw themselves into life at the reserve and soon became part of the Foxglove family and will be missed by everyone!

With a gap in the wet weather, a few of the bird ringers made the most of the opportunity and carried out ringing at a different site. It was a successful morning with sixty five birds being processed. They were mainly garden birds and included: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Goldcrest, Marsh Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Bullfinch and Reed Bunting.

It was a damp and misty start but the weather quickly improved and the ringing results were surprisingly satisfactory.

There was a shocking lack of mince pies but everyone remembered a hot flask. Tony had broken into his Christmas presents early and was sporting his newly knitted hat, very Gucci indeed!


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