Sorry for the lack of postings over the last couple of weeks, I have been very busy & although I’ve been doing lots of ringing – I’m afraid I haven’t found the time to update my blog! This mainly due to several things including work, family & travelling.
Things are starting to kick off on the pullus front now & we (Chris, Gillian & I) have got well over 200 Nest Record Cards on the go now. We’ve already ringed our first pulli of the year in the form of broods of Robin, Blackbird, Stock Dove and Collared Dove – with many more to follow over the coming weeks.
Several trips to & from Scotland has allowed us to catch several Black-headed Gulls at Killington Reservoir (a nice way to break up a road journey!) and over the past few weeks we’ve caught & darvic ringed 20 gulls. This also providing a great opportunity to re-sight BHGs already carrying our colour rings within the vicinity of Killington. This would make a great RAS project on the species, seeing that we get many re-sightings from people passing by the service station – if only we had more time on our hands!?
Chris & I have recently returned back from Norway where we spent my Birthday weekend in & around Oslo City. There we met up with Carsten & John Martin who kindly gave us a guided tour of Oslo, plus their ringing sites, as well as catching several birds in the famous Frognerparken! Both myself & Chris enjoyed ourselves and it was finally great to meet both Carsten & John Martin. Many thanks!!
We were hoping to see 2A00 whilst in Oslo, this being a BHG that we colour marked at Lake Windermere back in 2011. Although 2A00 arrived in Oslo a few days before we arrived! Sadly this bird was found with an injured wing and was put to sleep by local vets, several days before our visit!
So that’s it for now! Always hoping that we could bring in a 36 hour day or someone creates a pill that allows you to work on 3 hours sleep! But I guess I should carry on dreaming………….!