Sunday, 22 May 2016

CES 3...Garden Warblers to Pied Flycatcher

Garden Warbler X769673 - the star bird today.....or was it ??

One of  3 retrap and 1 new Garden Warblers, X769673 was ringed as an adult female on 31st May 2009, making her at least 8 years old. We last recorded this female breeding in July 2014.

 X769942, a Reed Warbler was also ringed as an adult in 2009, and this is the 5th year in which we have caught this male during the following 7 years.  Lots of site fidelity and adult recapture data from the 30 retraps at CES 3 today, but also what must be thought of as a small fall...

This second year male Pied Flycatcher was also a star after the 4am rain. The fall included 29  new Sedge Warblers, 8 new Reed Warblers and 2 Willow Warblers across both the CES site and the Pentood nets. These nets are across the other side of the marsh. (distance beyond that required ref. CES protocol).
The Reed Warblers may remain to breed as we are at the western edge of their range, most of the Sedge Warblers were still carrying fat suggesting a distance to travel...

Almost as unexpected was this Grasshopper Warbler on the CES site.

Difficult to believe but the Pied Flycatcher was the 1st non pulli Pied Flycatcher to be ringed by the Group, and a first for the Teifi Marsh sites.  Other highlights today included a new adult male Kingfisher, 2 retrap Cetti's Warblers, and we colour-ringed another Reed Bunting.

To finish today's activities, the Group's 1st juvenile Siskins of the year in Wendy's garden this afternoon.

(all photos Charlie Sargent, except the Siskin-Wendy)

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