Yesterday our first visit this year to our main Teifi marsh site, rides to check, poles and guys to place. Five nets were opened and nice to report birds as expected, c20 birds in a couple of hours, 50% retraps including this Cettis which was a juvenile ringed in July 2011.
Today an early open of a 20' garden net and on the first round (if you call one net a round) this female Brambling with a Chaffinch and Goldfinch the result. Then off to Mwnt our premier coastal migration site !
We parked the car and straight away a lovely male Wheatear, closely followed by views of Meadow Pipits feeding along the top ridge. A walk up past the old chapel and around the head produced more pipits and 3 Stonechats, maybe migrants or residents? On our return to the chapel and the bird of the morning ! A Black Redstart on the headstones.
This headland site is where we find our spring traps are the best method for catching Wheatears, Stonechats, Pipits etc...This year's wave of Greenland Wheatears must only be a few weeks away. We have caught several in previous spring migrations.