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Warm Weather

Sunday, July 20th 2014

Friday's blog commented on the necessary cutting of some of the net rides.  After yesterday's rain and today's warmth even more 'loppering and secateuring' will be needed!  However the warm weather is bringing out Foxglove's flowers.  Betony is flowering in many places on the reserve turing the areas dark pink.


Zig-Zag Clover is another flower that is blooming.

Zig-Zag Clover

Thistles, greatly loved by the volunteers, are providing nectar and pollen for visiting bees.

Thistle with bee

This morning when the bird ringers arrived at dawn, the hive bees were 'hanging around'!

Hive bees

Once the sun came out and the temperature rose, the bees were busy foraging around  Meadow Sweet.

Hive bees on Meadow Sweet

Although showers were forecast they missed Foxglove, so the whole ten and a half hours of CES 8 were completed.  141 birds were processed, including 28 new Chaffinches and 13 new Bullfinches.  Others making an appearance in the ringing room included Jay, Tree Creeper, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff.  Most of the birds handled today were juveniles as the adults are beginning to moult and are keeping a low profile.

Many thanks to the volunteers who prepared the net rides.  Thanks also to  everybody who helped today, providing food, drinks, washing up, sorting bird bags and tidying up, amongst other jobs.

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