Bumper numbers of small birds, a long-staying Marsh Harrier, and our first Little Owl for five years.
Author Archive | Roger
After a challenging year for birds, our ringing totals were the lowest for six years, but we did ring our 141st new species.
A good period for waders, from small to very large, and encouraging numbers of warblers.
This period saw the first record of our 228th species, a Cattle Egret, and the second record of Common Crane.
In sharp contrast to last year the final week of February included some lovely warm spring days; sadly, the birds found were largely unexciting.
How did winter mortality, poor migrant return, and difficult breeding conditions affect the species we saw in 2018? Not as you might think!
It was very quiet during this period, with the highlights being Marsh Tit and Water Pipit. Even the everyday birds seemed to be scarcer than usual for the time of year.
When you go to do a ringing session, you never know what you might encounter. And sometimes it isn’t just birds – sometimes it’s reptiles!
A report on the ringing of our latest brood of Tawny Owls at Rye Meads, from the owl box beside the Scrape
We monitor and maintain more than eighty nestboxes of various types. National Nestbox Week is a good time to share details of how we look after ours.