|Peanuts the Water Rail. It took me a long long time to convince this fella to investigate the potter trap.|
|Great Black-backed Gull from the day I met Chris & Zac on a rubbish dump!|
|Great Tit pulli|
Summer was a hectic time, making two trips to help ring the seabird colonies on Puffin Island where I met Kane, helping out at my first CES, attending the Abbotsbury and Llangorse round-ups, being introduced to a whole new world of ringing and of course starting this blog!
|My first ever Coot|
|Abbotsbury Mute Swan round-up|
|My first experience of ringing adult Black-headed gulls|
|A very colourful highlight of the summer|
|Getting down n' dirty for the Llangorse Canada goose round-up|
|My first Puffin, Puffin Island|
|Reed Warbler nest|
|The UK's first controlled Portuguese Sand Martin|
|Knot from The Wash which was both my 1,000 ringed bird and 60th species.|
Autumn was a time for change as I left Wales, volunteered at Slimbridge and then moved back to Scotland to start my university degree course.
|A great homecoming to Scotland was catching both a male & female Sparrowhawk together.|
|I also took up a new hobby of ring reading|
In winter I went to my first ringer's conference up in Aviemore, shortly followed by my second at Swanwick, the Coot project was extended into Scotland, I was taught the fine art of gull catching and ringed my favourite bird to date - a stunning male Goosander.
|The first Scottish recruit|
|The day we ringed 50 Cangos|
|One weekend we decided to visit Ciaran on The Farnes.|
|My beloved Goosander.|
Plans for 2012.....more nest recording, start my own ringing project and have some more adventures!
Happy New Year!!!