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May 2020

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Photograph of the month - Kestrels

Photograph of the month - Kestrels

During the coronavirus lockdown, the British Trust of Ornithology put all field work outside of surveyors' gardens on hold. With a partial raising of the restrictions, we were able to recommence bird ringing and nest recording last week at Stanwick Lakes. Along with a the last of the blue and great tits we ringed two young stock doves and discovered a brood of four young kestrels. This week we returned to ring the kestrels. There were still four of them and they had grown a lot in just a week. After ringing, they were returned to the nest box, where they will continue to be tended by their parents. They were just two weeks old at the time of ringing, and they will remain in the nest for approximately two more weeks, the larger females taking around two days longer than the males. Upon fledging, they will climb out of the nest box to sit on the perch or its roof, and may even return to the box when they see a parent returning with food . They will gradually venture further into the tree over about a week, so even the last to fledge won't get left behind.

Thursday, 28 May 2020

2020 Mid-Nene Local Group Photography Competition - Results

2020 Mid-Nene Local Group Photography Competition - Results

Due to the coronavirus lockdown, we were unable to vote for our favourite images in the group photography competition at our March meeting. However, the organisers of the competition have been busy judging the excellent entries to pick out the twelve winners. Congratulations go to Alan Savage, who won our 2020 photography competition with his photograph of a gannet taken at Bempton Cliffs. As usual we intend to use the images to produce a Local Group Calendar and Alan's photograph of the gannet will appear on the cover. However, due to the ongoing uncertainty of the lockdown, we do not know how this will affect our meetings in the autumn. We are still to make the decision as to whether we will be able to sell the calendars if there are no meetings after the summer break. But if the decision is made not to produce a calendar for 2021, we will retain the images for 2022. Thanks to all those that supported our competition, a full list of winners, together with the months on which they will appear in the calendar can be found in the attached file. We will be showing you more of the winning entries over the next few weeks.

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