Sunday, June 21st 2015
A glorious sunrise was the backdrop as the bird ringers raised the nets for CES 5.
Once all the CES nets were in place other nets were put in. Net 44 crosses Risedale Beck and today, after not being in use for some time it was erected.
Adam crossed the beck and held the net. Eventually the net pole arrived to enable him to complete the job!
We were very pleased that a Dipper was caught and returned to the ringing room. Although they have been reported regularly around the site this was the first one ringed at Foxglove - and quite an occasion. They are adapted to dive and swim underwater as they hunt for food, and the beck is ideal habitat for them.
Two juvenile Kingfishers were ringed and were later seen feeding in the Voley Ponds.
Chicks have been ringed in the nest boxes over the last few weeks and it was very pleasing to see that 35 Great Tits had fledged successfully. Other newly ringed birds included a family of Long Tailed Tits and 19 Willow Warblers. In all a total of 165 birds were processed.
On the day it is a team effort to ensure that CES runs for the ten and a half hours required. Nets are raised, net rounds carried out every 20 minutes, cups of tea made, birds are ringed and checked, data entered into IPMR and then all the nets taken down, bird bags checked and the ringing room tidied before heading home. However the team extends its very sincere thanks to all the volunteers who are involved in ensuring that the net rides and paths between them are in excellent condition, so allowing for easy access and very efficient mist netting . A huge thank you to everyone.
The final numbers have been reported for the moth morning. 583 moths of 104 species were recorded. There are 13 new species for the reserve, three of which are only the second record in VC65, the first being in the 19th century!
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