Thursday, 30 December 2010
Despite all the Nunnery Lakes still being frozen as I type, the Mallards that have been making use of the ice-free Little Ouse river were joined by a female Mandarin on 29 December, another species we hope puts in a reappearance sooner rather than later. The best bird of this morning's ringing session was a Little Egret (nowhere near the nets!) - with four records under my belt this year, this is one species that ought to be guaranteed in 2011. Then again, we won't be counting our chickens, egrets or anything else until they are safely OTL (On The List); to quote Clint Eastwood: "If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster!"
Happy New Year and let the games begin...
Friday, 17 December 2010
From left: Ieuan Evans, John Marchant, Graham Appleton, Iain Downie, Karen Wright, Tim Harrison, Mike Toms, Nick Moran, Peter Lack, Andy Musgrove, Dawn Balmer, Ian Henderson, Neil Calbrade, Kate Risely, Rob Robinson
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
- The bird must be seen or heard and identified by a BTO employee or consultant at The Nunnery or an RSPB employee or consultant at The Lodge
- The bird must be seen or heard within, or from the boundaries of the reserve
- The bird must be included on Category A or Category C of the British List
- All species must be entered into the BirdTrack database
- Any description species must be accepted by the relevant Rarities Committee
- Heard only records will count towards the total
- Any living organism which can be identified to species level will count, with the exception of difficult plants or animals that are usually recorded as aggregates (such as Brambles or November moths) which need only to be identified as the aggregate. However, if more than one species of the aggregate is found, they will both count.
- The species can be non-native, but must not have been deliberately planted, stocked or recently released. So (Common) Pheasant will count, Koi Carp will not
- Any species considered rare or where identification is fraught with difficulty must be accepted by the relevant county taxon recorder or recognised expert, whose decision will be final
Staff from both organisations will regularly posting updates here. Roll on New Years Day!
Darren Oakley-Martin (RSPB) & Nick Moran (BTO)