Sunday, 22 May 2022

Hadfast Nature Reserve

Intrigued by the ground beyond Spidey's field we went for an investigation tonight and found out that patch of Hawthorn is Hadfast Valley nature reserve.  Hadfast has been a bird ringing site since the 1970's, was one of the first in Scotland and is one of very few to have continuous records for forty years.  At 7am on the 1st of October 2013 a Goldcrest was ringed at the Island Bird Observatory in the North of Sweden, forty days later it was re trapped in the Hadfast Valley having traveled 1595 km.  It weighed 5.5 grammes and had a wing length of 55mm!  Our best sighting of the evening was a vixen and her cubs.  

1 comment:

Val Ewing said...

Neat! One of my favorite trees is the Hawthorn Tree and sadly there aren't too many around in the forest east of us.