Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Going for Gold

The conditions were not ideal for lamping last night - not a breath of wind and a beautiful starry night -but we decided to go anyway to have a last go at trying to catch woodcock before they migrate east in a week or so. There were still plenty of woodcock, with around 30 seen, but only one caught as they were extremely jumpy and impossible to get close to. We also ringed a skylark and a snipe. Then we came to a field with quite a few golden plover and our depression changed to elation as we managed to catch 14 including two retraps from earlier this winter. Unfortunately, in the excitement we forgot to take photos, but some were starting to moult into summer plumage and starting to look very smart. Here's a photo of the snipe..

Paul W and Paddy J

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