Saturday, 10 August 2013

Avenue Swallow Roost

Every August, members of the ringing group spend a few evenings ringing Swallows in the reedbeds of the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust's Avenue Washlands Reserve in Chesterfield. I missed the first two sessions of the year whilst away, but I managed to get out of Thursday. We spent just over 3 and a half hours on site and managed to ring a total of 112 Swallows, all of which were this year's young (3Js).

3J Swallow

Swallow held safely in the Ringers' Grip
Out of the 112 birds we managed to catch, 1 was already ringed, and when David checked it out, he found that it was a bird that had been ringed in the nest by another member of our ringing group this year in South Wingfield, approximately 13km from The Avenue. Good to know it fledged successfully.
Other birds seen on site were Mallard, Canada Goose, Moorhen and a single Green Sandpiper.

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