Sunday, 15 January 2012

An Inlet Full of Oyks

Yesterday saw the Gower ringing group head out to Burry inlet with the hopes of netting a good number of Oystercatcher. It was touch and go for a couple of days but favourable conditions and a large flock led to Billy Whizz, Tai and Thon heading out for some time on the sand.

It took a while to fire the nets as the birds weren't being entirely cooperative and were also being shepherded by a thoroughly unhelpful crow (which was also netted and ringed). Once fired and with everything up and running, Tai somehow took over organising the holding pens and even got to ring a few birds himself.

An oik holding an Oyk. How often does that happen?

The total catch came in at 172 birds with 10 re-traps and one crow. Thanks to everyone who organised and attended the catch for making it such a fantastic day.

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