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Very Special Encounters

Sunday, November 19th 2017

Taking a break from inputting, I walked through the Scrapes. Suddenly concious that I was being looked at I stopped to see a female Roe Deer in the net ride.  Too late to even get the camera out of its bag, the deer walked slowly away.  I then realised that I could see some white bottoms.

White bottoms!

Trying to look through all the vegetation, I focused on three white bottoms.  Well focused may not be the correct term!  Not even thinking that I would get a chance of another  photo I took some through the vegetation just to say that I had seen them.

Three Roe Deer

Walking very quietly until I could dodge some stems and leaves I managed to take a photo.  Yes it is sticking its tongue out!

Roe Deer

I was enthralled at being allowed to watch these shy animals.  They began to walk away slowly and I was able to photograph all three and I hope I am correct in saying that it was a doe with her two well grown kids.  It was a very special encounter, one of those moments that I will treasure.

Roe Deer and kids

However that was not the only special encounter today.  Several Great Tits that had been ringed in the nest box during the breeding season of 2016, came through the ringing room.  A Goldcrest was ringed as a juvenile in October 2015, making this tiny bird over 2 year old, a grand old age.  The photograph below shows a male Goldcrest.

Male Goldcrest

During the summer not many Blackbirds were recorded but over the last few weeks they have been seen flying and feeding in the Hawthorn trees along the access road.  Several were processed today and judging by their wing size and weight, they are from Europe or Scandinavia and are our winter migrants.

Male Blackbird

As I enter data for re-trapped birds, it brings up the first time that a bird was ringed.  A Coal Tit, with the ring number V025115, was entered.  It was first ringed as a juvenile on 26th September 2010.  This bird was seven year old.  We then looked at its history.  It has been caught 10 times, twice in 2010, three times in 2011, twice in 2012, and twice this year.  In all of these captures it has been during the winter months.  2014 was the exception when it was retrapped in May.  We all admitted that he was looking a little grey, but very healthy.

7 year old Coal Tit

Thank you to the bird ringers who made a special day for several visitors, young and older, as they saw birds in the hand whilst the bird ringing process was explained to them. 


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