With migration getting going it was time to open some nets on the Teifi Marsh for the first time since Autumn. At 6am it was dark and quiet apart from about 100 Sand Martins coming out of roost. With just a retrap Wren from last year by 7am it wasn't looking too hopeful. Then the next bird in the net was this Chiffchaff pictured below with a Helgoland ring ! This is the first bird ringed in Germany that the group have caught.
Today also marked the start of colour-ringing Reed Buntings for a BTO RAS (retrapping adults for survival) project.
Some garden Golfinches and Siskins were ringed later in the day then this evening we returned to the marsh. First bird was another new species for the year - a Sand Martin.
A great day but the weather might now slow us down for a few days.