Sunday 31 March 2013

First Wheatears, and the final Redwing ....?

Yesterday our first venture of the season to Mwnt with spring traps for chats and pipits. We were well rewarded with our first Wheatears to be ringed in March.
This the first, a not very bright 2nd calendar year male, with very few adult pre-breeding feathers, just a few in the median coverts, some of these other median coverts are post juvenile too

The later two birds were brighter adult males, having undergone moults producing all black adult feathers.
A few meadow Pipits were trapped too, making a good start to the bright but cold day.

This morning looked promising for a few Chiffchaff.
Last night CJ and I put some nets up on the marsh ready to furl overnight. One retrap Chiffchaff, this one of last year's juveniles from the reserve. Also our first March Redwing, a great end to the day !

But will it be our last wintering thrush..... ?
We are out on the Frenni tonight, probably our last Woodcock survey of the winter ! !

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