I was surveying a farm in Bowland today and I was keeping an eye on the breeding waders on the farm in case they had young. I came across a pair of Lapwing with what just seemed like one chick and I made a mental note of where it was and walked across. I found the chick hiding behind a clump of rushes. Rings and pliers were whipped out of my pocket and a D2 ring was fitted.
I had a quick look around in case there were any more and found another trying to hide itself behind another clump of rushes. I duly ringed this bird and then retreated to a safe distance and watched them come out of hiding and continue feeding.
There were several pairs of Lapwing, Curlew, Oystercatcher and Redshank on the farm, but I didn't come across any other young. I had a cracking singing male Redstart and Lesser Redpolls and Siskins were abundant.
I treated Gail this evening to some impromptu habitat management in the form of clearing a net ride at Fleetwood Nature Park in preparation for some ringing. The pictures below illustrate 'before' and 'after' we had done the work. Isn't she a lucky lady?!
Barn & Short-eared Owl - Barn Owl Short-eared Owl
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