Saturday 23 June 2012

Kites to Whinchats

We went out with Paddy this morning to check on the predicted failure of some of the North Pembs. Red Kites, not pleasant to confirm that at all sites visited  -- breeding failure at various stages, including at 1 site a dead bird with it's wing hanging from a wind destroyed nest, that was only about 1 week from fledging.

On a brighter note, the 1st bird that Wendy ever ringed, on 26th June 2008, Red Kite  Black 80  is paired and nested but unsuccessfully, a few miles down the valley from where born. What a start to a ringing career !!

 Whinchats -- see Pembs Ringing for more complete news on this species breeding in Pembs.

We went to Carn Ingli today to check on Whinchat breeding there, 1 pair still feeding young, and 4 more pulli ringed. The average brood size ringed has been 4.9. The photo shows a typical nest site in the braken on the hillsides of  the Preselis.

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