I spent most of yesterday revising and doing an exam, but I took a few minutes out of my fun-filled day of biology revision to listen to Dunnock chicks being fed from my bedroom window. Today, however, I spent most of the day outside, enjoying the sunshine and the bracing wind. This morning I went to an event called 'Lunch on the Edge' held by the Society of Biology in collaboration with the BTO, on the Lincolnshire Ridge. It started off with a ringing demo, unfortunately it was quite windy so only a handful of birds were caught, but it was nice to see a Chiffchaff and Song Thrush up close. Following that was a wonderful talk by Dr Chris Du Feu entitled "Little People in the Wildlife Classroom", discussing how young people can shed light on the natural world. Some very interesting points were raised, and provided food for thought about how I can develop what I do in school to promote wildlife, for example informing my fellow students about the importance of data collection, such as the use of Birdtrack and BTO surveys. We then enjoyed an 'al fresco' lunch, with Swifts, Swallows and House Martins overhead. I recorded a total of 28 species over the morning, including Jay, Skylark and Blackcap, and as we were watching the ringing a Hobby zoomed over, a year tick!
In the afternoon I did my first visit for the BTO House Martin Survey - my square is lovely little village with plenty of suitable habitat, or so I thought. However I didn't find any colonies and I only saw 1 House Martin! Oh well, it's still valuable data for the BTO, and it was nice just to be out and about in the pleasant weather, rather than stuck indoors as I have found myself too often recently.
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I'm Sorrel, a young birder, wildlife photographer and artist based in the East Midlands - this is my blog all about my birding and wildlife adventures.