Tuesday, 9 April 2013
Spring 2013 ?9th April and it is still feeling decidedly wintery. We have been enjoying a few days of sunshine, but there is still very cold wind blowing. The moorland dawn chorus is building with Lapwing, Curlew, Skylark, Meadow Pipit and Red Grouse calls fillign the air. There are still good numbers of winoter visitors around - such as Brambling but the first summer migrants have been spotted this week - Swallow and Wheatear.
The wind dropped enough over the weekend to do some bird ringing at the moorland bird feeding station and a good variety of birds were caught. (Many thanks to Tom Hutton for these photos).
Once extracted from the mist net, birds are placed into a cloth bag to help keep them calm and quiet until they can be ringed and released. Ringers use specialist kit such as these pliers to safely put the metal ring on the bird's leg. We record data such as the age and sex of the bird and biometrics including weight/wing length.
Check out Sandy Gill's blog http://mrgill17.blogspot.co.uk/ for some more photos of the stunning Tarras river valley which runs through the heart of Langholm moor.
Thursday, 28 March 2013
28th MarchA few of Tom Hutton's latest shots from the moor.
Wednesday, 27 March 2013
27th MarchIt is not feeling very spring-like on Langholm moor with freezing temperatures and regular snow showers. The moorland bird feeding station is as busy as ever. The new ground feeder (built by volunteer Daniel Lacey) is proving very popular with Brambling. These photos are a great opportunity to practise your Chaffinch / Brambling ID. Chaffinch and Brambling often move in mixed flocks and feed together and can sometimes be difficult to distinguish. these photographs show male and female Brambling and Chaffinch feeding side by side, can you identify them?
Thursday, 14 March 2013
14th March 2013Project volunteers Tom Hutton and Sandy Gill have been making the most of a few bright, sunny days to take some great shots on langholm moor. Many thanks guys!
Monday, 11 March 2013
A fresh covering of snow on the moor is a reminder the winter weather is not finished with us just yet, and the feeding station still has plenty of winter visitors, especially Brambling. Skylark, Lapwing, Curlew, Reed bunting and Common lizard sightings becoming more regular. The Black Grouse are back on their leks and it is nice to hear the Red Grouse chuckling away too.