Our lowest season was in 2012 with only 672 captures followed by 732 in 2013. Following this poor breeding season I presume next year will be low with a smaller breeding population resulting from this year's poor productivity. Details on some individual species to follow another day from 8 years of our current CES. Amazing that in 2009 our CES total was 1265 and in 2010 - 1483 birds..!
For CES last week we had 11 people available so we opened nets at our Mallard site too. Nice to welcome Alastair Wilson back for a visit after his time on Bird Island, South Georgia with Albatrosses, Penquins and Petrels. He joined us over by Mallard hide with Andrew who was delighted with a new species, Grasshopper Warbler adding variety to the commoner reed bed species.
Our Acro and general ringing at our Teifi Marsh sites will continue for a while and we will start our intensive Autumn migration monitoring at our CES site, where autumn surprises have included Wryneck (2012)
Common Rosefinch, Siberian Chiffchaff, Yellow-browed Warblers and Firecrests too....
Ryan has just gained his C permit
With assistance from Chris, he has already set up a small woodland site close to his home. Nuthatch a new species for him already, ringed there on day one.
Charlie is a new member of the Group and he has recently gained his A permit, a Trainers endorsement for Charlie next !
....another Yellow-browed Warbler would be nice....
(Photos Andrew, Ryan, Tommy and Wendy)