On Sunday along with Wes, Charlie and Heather McGinty we headed up to the Lakes for our annual Mute Swan ringing day. Starting off at the usual Bowness-on-Windermere and working our way round, before finishing off with an awkward brood of cygnets on Coniston Water!
In total we caught around 40 birds, most mainly non breeding adults and very few cygnets!! Although some cygnets were being ‘stubborn’ and wouldn’t come anywhere near us!! They weren't for changing their attitudes, not even for the Lake District’s finest bread – so therefore went unringed!!!
I was hoping for a sneaky Goosander or a Black Headed Gull or two, but that was not to be!
Charles looking like a Leprechaun, whilst gluing a darvic! And Heather stands in as scribe come cellotape hand’er’outer
All ready for release with it’s shiny new bling!
Any sightings of blue darvic’d Mute Swans in the NW can be sent to Wes Halton at info’@’northwestswanstudy.org.uk