Bank holiday Monday saw the group at work on the Teifi Marsh for CES 3. Last year we only caught 25 birds for the equivalent session so we were pleased with 64 birds but some species are still well down including Long-tailed Tits and Wrens.
Not having heard a Lesser Whitethroat singing on the reserve yet this year it was a surprise to catch two females with brood patches. Other species ringed included 14 juveniles of 5 species - Treecreeper, Robins, Chiffchaff, Blackbird and Great Tits. Of the adults ringed we were pleased to add another Reed Bunting to our colour ringing project.
The 23 retrapped birds included 7 Reed Warblers returning to the reedbed to breed. On the reserve as a whole, out of 38 Reed Warblers caught this spring, 26 are site faithful birds ringed in previous years.
As well as CES we are busy with other ringing. Two of us joined Tony Cross to ring some Choughs along the Ceredigion coast.
Nest boxes are being checked regularly and some Great Tits have been ringed and 2 nests of Pied Flycatchers will soon be big enough to ring.
In the garden, juveniles of several different species are appearing on the feeders including Dunnocks, Chaffinches and Great Tits. This juvenile Siskin was the first to be ringed in my Llechryd garden so good news that they are breeding locally.