There has been a lack of posting for a few weeks on the blog, as my time here at Bangor university is getting somewhat ridiculously busy. Landing back at Manchester airport those few weeks ago, after a rather memorable ringing trip to Ireland, seems all too long ago. The days between then and today - my schedule has been non-stop. Tonnes of revision to work through for 3 different modules, my Geographical Information Systems project to complete since I was unable to complete this before Christmas due to illness and several other on-going reports and the thought of deciding on my choices for my 3rd year dissertation, just makes me feel the need to get away from it all and have a short break.
Since ringing with Steve has come to a halt for a few weeks, he kindly sent me our North Wales ringing totals for 2010, which cheered me up a little, knowing how many birds we had caught and ringed. These totals exclude all the waders we have mist-netted and cannon-netted, as well as all the seabirds that we ringed during the summer on Puffin Island.
A grand total of 3724 new birds including 100 pulli. A satisfying total of 415 re-traps and recoveries. The overall total stands at 4139 birds caught during 2010. Hopefully we will try and beat this total this year - wait and see..
A massive thanks to Steve and Rachel for training me throughout the whole of 2010 and here's to a hugely successful years worth of ringing. Not forgetting our wader and seabird totals - which probably brings our overall total for 2010 to around the 6,000 birds mark!! If I receive any more ringing totals from Steve, I shall post them as soon as I can. Absolutely fantastic!!