Sunday 5 August 2012

Ringing demo, CES and new clothes.....

Rain cancelled our "Bird in the Hand Ringing Workshop" for the Welsh Wildlife Centre yesterday but the forecast for today was looking hopeful.
But....from 5.30 am we watched the rain hammer down from clouds that stubbornly refused to move. Ever optimistic, we set up and all waited patiently until the rain stopped 2 hours later just before the demo was due to start.
We were running our standard CES nets but the catch was low with just 10 new birds and 4 retraps during the demo. A variety including Blackcaps, a Reed Bunting, Reed Warblers and Chiffs gave Richard plenty to talk about and educate an appreciative audience.
 The view from the river picnic site at The Welsh Wildlife Centre looking up the Teifi Gorge makes a stunning backdrop for our demos.
The 6 hours of CES ended with 26 new birds, mostly warblers not tits, and 10 retraps so the poor season continues. This time last year we caught  97 birds during the equivalent session.

You might have spotted in recent photos that we now have Teifi Ringing Group clothing.
Thanks to Design Plus for their excellent work.

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