We went out with Paddy this morning to check on the predicted failure of some of the North Pembs. Red Kites, not pleasant to confirm that at all sites visited -- breeding failure at various stages, including at 1 site a dead bird with it's wing hanging from a wind destroyed nest, that was only about 1 week from fledging.
On a brighter note, the 1st bird that Wendy ever ringed, on 26th June 2008, Red Kite Black 80 is paired and nested but unsuccessfully, a few miles down the valley from where born. What a start to a ringing career !!
Whinchats -- see Pembs Ringing for more complete news on this species breeding in Pembs.
We went to Carn Ingli today to check on Whinchat breeding there, 1 pair still feeding young, and 4 more pulli ringed. The average brood size ringed has been 4.9. The photo shows a typical nest site in the braken on the hillsides of the Preselis.