A couple of summer migrant movements have been reported.
Only our second foreign Blackcap movement this to Belgium, the previous to Donges, Loire-Atlantique, France.
Ringed Blaenduad, Carmarthenshire 01/08/2019
Lebbeke, Oost-Vlananderen, Belgium 05/10/2019 65 days 596 km ESE
A typical annual recovery of a Sedge Warbler moving south in late summer
Sedge Warbler ADH8591
Teifi Marshes 08/08/2019
Saint Vigour D'Ymonville, Saine Maritime 25/08/2019 17 days 456 km SE
Both the Warbler movements above shown on the above map.
The fields below are part of the Boncath Woodcock study site showing the original ringing and re encounter of Woodcock EY81489. Typical of all our re encounters, very close to the original ringing site. Amazing wintering site fidelity for these long distance migrants.
This recapture 3 years after ringing.
We have tried to involve as many of the Group in night time activites as possible, primarily catching Woodcock and Skylarks, other species too. A new experience in the field at night for all is the use of Wendy's Thermal Imager. Not only an aid to catch birds, but a great tool to improve the survey - all the activities are entered as complete lists into BTO Birdtrack.
Out on the Frenni site - I am clearly helping Molly process a Snipe caught in a wet field edge rut.
A small window in the weather this morning allowed for some training, this Great Tit one of the highlights, ringed in 2014 and not re encountered since.
Arfon has been ringing at new sites with Naomi and is doing well with Siskins, including 90 Siskins one afternoon, a couple of controls too including the one below.
Ringed Nantmel, Rhayader, Powys 09/02.2017
Ffarmers, Carmarthenshire 23/02/2020 1109 days 44 km WSW
We may get onto the Teifi Marshes this coming week, a likely activity will be with potter traps at Mallard Pond as part of the Reed Bunting colour-ringing project. Then on the 16th March four of the Group are off to Uganda ringing.