Wednesday 15 December 2010

Controlled Sedge Warblers

News from the BTO today of 2 ringed Sedge Warblers that we caught in August.
One was a juvenile ringed by Tony Cross in Borth on August 15th and caught on the Teifi marsh 6 days later.
The 2nd was also a juvenile ringed at Hengistbury Head near Bournemouth on August 16th and caught on the Teifi marsh 8 days later, a distance of 250km. The Christchurch ringing group have a blog and it was interesting to read how their ringing session went on the day this bird was ringed.
"Aug 8
Another good haul at the HHC with acros dominating. A juvenile Redstart seen near to the HHC entrance got us excited for a short while but that was the last we saw of it. Some passing hirundines gave chase to a Sparrowhawk which also livened up proceedings. The totals were:- 85 Sedge Warblers,15 Reed Warblers,2 Greenfinches,13 Willow Warblers,1 Blue Tit,1 Robin and a Whitethroat. In all 118 birds.

Sunday 7 November 2010

Photograph taken on Sunday 7th. November

The most unexpected bird of the day was a Garden Warbler:

Sunday 26 September 2010

Photographs taken while ringing on Sunday 26th. September

Some photographs of a juvenile Willow Tit:

and the underside of the tail feathers:

There was some discussion as to whether this was a Willow or Marsh Tit. The deciding factors were - in Willow there is no pale bill spot - there is in Marsh. In the underside of the tail - willow
has a stepped pattern with 4 feather tips visible on each side. In Marsh only 2 feather tips are visible.

And three photographs of a goldcrest:

Saturday 4 September 2010

Photographs taken on Saturday 4th. September

These photographs are taken of one of the two lesser whitethroats ringed this morning:

Sunday 15 August 2010

Photographs taken on Sunday 15th. August

Our two star birds for the day were a kingfisher:

and a Marsh Tit:

Sunday 18 July 2010

Photographs taken on Saturday 17th. July

Here are two photographs of a juvenile Greater Spotted Woodpecker:

Saturday 5 June 2010

CES-4 on Saturday 5th. June

This bird engendered some discussion - it is a mature female reed bunting:

Thursday 27 May 2010

Ringing on Thursday 27th. May

This is three views of a young (this year's) grasshopper warbler: