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Stitching and Knitting

Sunday, November 29th 2015

As soon as the weekend weather appears on the 10 day forecast so begins the wait to see what mixture is in store for us.  For what seems many weekends we have had rain or wind or both and this weekend was no different.  Next does not look too good either!  Certainly just a little too wet and a little too windy to put up mist nets.

Risedale Beck reflected the amount of rain that has fallen recently.

Risedale Beck

So the bird ringers arrived for a spot of stitching and knitting, repairing some of the mist nets.  The nets are spread out across the tables to find the holes and then the large piece of polystyrene is placed under the holes so they can be pinned and stitched more easily.

Mist net repairs

With many hands a great deal of repairing was completed.

Net stitching

Ringing day, even if it is stitching and pouring with rain means the arrival of sausage rolls!

Sausage roll arrival

Out on the reserve there was fun to be had at the dams, although it did not take long for them to overflow and when the dams were removed there was even more water heading downstream!

Emptying the dams!

Thank you to everybody who helped out today.  A good day to be inside!

PS - Whilst Brian was out checking the mink raft down at the Gabbions he realised he was not alone!  When he looked around carefully, he saw an Otter playing in the swollen Beck.  This is the second sighting in recent weeks, the other being on the lake.


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