Saturday, 3 January 2015

Jack Snipe starts the year..

This Jack Snipe was ringed on the Teifi Marsh at dusk today.
During our efforts to find more about birds using the Ceredigion side of the Teifi Marsh reserve in winter we have often flushed a few Jack Snipe in a marshy area near our nets. We have only caught three previously and those have been in April/May soon after the commercial cut of an area of the reed bed is done. Now we know that they are on the reserve earlier in the winter we can concentrate our efforts at this time of year.
All the information we gather is fed back to The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales to help them plan habitat management for these secretive birds.
We saw about another six Jack Snipe today so would like to think we can ring those too before the winter is out.

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