Wednesday, 5 March 2014

A Chiffchaff, Siskin retraps and ...Thai specials

The highlight of  the first session on the Teifi Marsh this year was a retrap Chiffchaff  first ringed as a juvenile in June last year. Maybe an over-wintering bird rather than a fresh migrant ??
Other birds today  included a female Blackbird - first ringed as an adult in August 2009..also retraps of  Wrens, Long-tailed Tits, Goldcrests, Blackbirds and Bullfinches. (Chris, Dawn, Karen)

The male Siskin above, (age 5 - a juvenile last year)  was caught on March 1st, this is the first of the species for Dawn's feeding site. We have now ringed Siskins at four of our winter feeding locations, and have movements of  Siskins between three of them - the commonest movements are the 6km in either direction between Wendy's and my (Rich D) gardens.
Wintering site faithfulness is becoming interesting too, with 6 / 42 Siskins caught at Wendy's and 15 / 73 Siskins captured at mine in 2014, being birds first ringed during last winter- 2012/2013.

The numbers of Siskin recaptures will hopefully increase when Wendy returns from Thailand -
Exchanging viewing Pittas........for Siskins..... and Robins etc !!!

Banded Pitta
Mangrove Pitta........

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