Tuesday, 1 March 2011

A New Beginning - Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria - 1st March 2011

Day 4 - Many of you may be aware of the 'Colour Ringed Coot Project' that is currently being undertaken by Kane Brides in the northwest of England. A new idea set up by Kane and Ciaran was to darvic ring Black-headed Gulls. With rings in hand, the ringing team and Chris Piner headed up to Bowness to try and hand catch some gulls. Ciaran set out feeding the birds with bread and within about 15 minutes, he grabbed a superb adult which soon received a lovely blue darvic with white writing. Ciaran (who's idea the project was, couldn't have been happier!)
2A00 - coming to a gull roost near you!
A very happy Mr. Hatsell.
We only caught 1 Black-head, but Ciaran had a treat for me with this stunning 1st winter Common Gull. This is by far one of my favourite species plumages with the stunning black and blue bill. A joy to ring, even if my arms are covered in 'battle scars'. (I personally hand caught a male Mallard too, in Ambleside, which was my first hand caught bird)
Towards the end of the day, we did a swan roundup which saw us catching 53 Mute Swans checking the rings for damage and birds from different sites. We also caught 1 Greylag and 4 Canada Geese. This was certainly an experience that I will remember for a very long time as it was incredible to witness the power of these larger birds at close quarters.

We couldn't have chosen a better day to head up to Windermere, and I couldn't have asked for a better day: ringing birds with a good group of mates

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