The month of February is usually one of the slowest ringing months of the year.
This is usually because of two main reasons:
One is the maintenance work in the reserve that takes priority on bird ringing and secondly is that the spring migration has not started yet and the only birds around are those that survived the cold winter.
(--> more about the report of the weather see below)
In total, we ringed 48 birds and recaptured 100. The usual pattern was observed again this year , first spring migrants to arrive, as every year, were Reed Buntings (Emberiza schoeniclus), 8 in total in the last two weeks of the month. 1 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) was also ringed .
The Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta) project has started so 2 new birds were ringed and 4 recaptured.
Other interesting captures were 1 Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) quite out of season, 3 Moorhens (Gallinula chloropus) and 3 Fieldfares (Turdus pilaris) that were attracted to the apples in the orchard. The two Middle Spotted Woodpeckers (Dendrocopos medius) and the Nuthatch (Sitta europaea) are still hanging around the feeders in the forest. The usual winter birds are still around with 44 Blue Tits (Cyanistes caeruleus) ringed and recaptured, 6 Yellowhammers (Emberiza citrinella), 3 Willow Tits (Poecile montana) , 7 Cahffinches (Fringilla coelebs) and 10 Robins (Erithacus rubecula) .
We thank the team for the maintenance work they performed this month on the reserve.
Autor: Joseph Dunlop
- Start with the waterpipitproject --> read more about the project informations or about the first update
- "Fit by nature" activity for the Ecological Succession of Wetlands
- First signs of spring --> read more
Visit of our members from the Schlammwissteam:
- Dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis) and Lesser scaup (Aythya affinis) in Netherlands & meeting of birdringinggroups at the institut royal des sciences naturelles de belgique in brussels
Island -- (Jim) --> see photos
Spotted nutcracker (Nucifraga caryocatactes) -- (Jim & Dave & Raoul)--> read more