Time to give this year’s kestrel chicks a ring.

The licensed bird ringer who installed the Kestrel nest box at Clandon Wood last year recently came in to fit leg rings on this year’s four chicks.

Ringing is in no way harmful to birds and provides us with a very valuable insight into their movements. One of last year’s youngsters was later found in Essex, you may remember! The advantage of the large coloured rings fitted to the Kestrels is they can be read from some distance away, so hopefully someone may see one of ours chicks in years to come. If you see a ringed bird you can report it at http://www.ring.ac/

The chicks have now grown up quite a bit since these photos were taken and have started leaving the box and flying around although they will likely linger in the area for a little while yet before they start to disperse.