Saturday, 4 June 2011

Open Day at Harrold-Odell Country Park

Ivel Ringing Group gave a demonstration of bird ringing at the Harrold-Odell Country Park on Monday 30th May. The country park is one of the wildlife hot spots of the north of Bedfordshire and is a popular place for birdwatchers, dog walkers and other local residents. The cafe serves delicious meals, snacks and cakes.

Part of the Country Park is designated as a Nature Reserve. Despite the damp conditions, Ivel Ringing Group managed to ring 12 birds during the day and show some of these birds to visitors to the park.

The following birds were ringed:

  • Blackcap -1

  • Blackbird -1

  • Blue Tit - 2

  • Bullfinch – 2

  • Garden Warbler – 3

  • Reed Warbler – 2 (see photo of a Reed Warbler above)

  • Whitethroat – 1

A male Cuckoo was calling nearby for much of the day, while the lake was a hive of activity with Canada and Greylag Geese, various ducks, Common Terns, Herons, an Oystercatcher. Swifts, House Martins and Swallows were feeding low over the water.


Steve Blain said...

Hi Mark,

I think that's a Reed Warbler in the photo, isn't it?

BTCV Ed said...

A photograph was mistakenly labelled as Garden Warbler (the photograph wasn't checked before posting). Now rectified. Ed.