Saturday, 12 April 2014

A Cetti's control and the first Sedge Warblers

Walking along the track to our ringing site on the Teifi marsh was a pleasure on Friday morning at dawn as at least 3 Grasshopper Warblers were reeling from the reed bed. Soon they were joined by Sedge Warblers singing.
Although not a busy ringing session there was quality. A control Cetti's Warbler was excellent.
We have only had one Cetti's before that has been ringed elsewhere. That bird was from Farlington Marsh in Portsmouth. We wait with interest to hear where this one has travelled from.
The first Sedge Warblers of the year were  ringed. We ringed 509 of these last year so plenty more to come.
Our evenings have been busy on the marsh too with Wagtail roosts. Over 50 have been ringed in the last week - mostly White Wagtails with just a few Pied.
An interesting 4 year old Blackcap was caught on the reserve early evening today - ringed there on the 1st May 2011 as a 2nd calender year bird and not seen since. Unless we catch him again during the summer we won't know if he is a site faithful breeder or just using the reserve as a same migration stopover site again.

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