Saturday, 25 January 2014

Another new book and ringing at Blackburn Meadows

Whilst out ringing with the Sorby Breck Group this morning I was very pleased to get my hands on a copy of the new  book "Breeding Birds of the Sheffield Area 2003- 2008", which have been written and produced by the Sheffield Bird Study Group.

I haven't had time to read it from cover to cover yet (sorry David!), but after having had a quick look through, I can definitely recommend it. At just £20.00 ( and £5.00 p+p), this 358 page hard back book covering all the breeding birds found in the Sheffield area and the north-east Peak District between 2003-2008, is the bargain of the year. For details of how to get hold of a copy follow this link to our ringing website.
After buying the new book I also got on with some ringing this morning. We were at the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust's Blackburn Meadows Reserve carrying out another ringing demonstration. The nets were set at 5.30am (thanks Kevin and Sean), and when we arrived at we went out to find the first birds of the morning a Snipe and a Blackbird. The Snipe was a first for Alan, so I watched enviously as he ringed it! Unfortunatly we didn't catch any more today, so I'll have to wait a little longer for this new species.
Over the course of the morning we managed to catch another 36 birds (Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tit, and Reed Bunting), which we shared with a dozen or so members of the public. Very enjoyable!

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