Friday, 4 April 2014

Back to the marsh and a surprise from Germany!

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.
By 8am there were Willow Warblers singing of which we ringed 7 in the next hour.

Today also marked the start of colour-ringing Reed Buntings for a BTO RAS (retrapping adults for survival) project.
These are two of the 3 Reed Buntings caught today
More about this project in another blog.

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.
We ended at dusk ringing 16 Wagtails - 9 White and 7 Pied.

A great day but the weather might now slow us down for a few days.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds as if you had a great day, look forward to reading more of your blog.


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