Tuesday 30 July 2013

Juvs and moulting adults in the reed bed

A couple of productive hours in the Mallard reed bed on the Teifi marsh this morning.
A total of 52 birds were caught, 41 new and 11 retrap. 30 of the new birds were acros - Sedge and Reed Warblers. The others were Reed Buntings apart from a couple of Wrens, a Whitethroat and a Blackbird.
The majority of the Sedge Warblers were juvs but also a few adults undergoing body moult after breeding.
This bird, L250832, was ringed as a juvenile in the same reed bed on 25th July 2010. It was caught again on 10th July 2011 but has not been seen since.
 Until September we will be carrying out regular early morning ringing in the reed bed to monitor migration through it. This is part of continuing follow up to a paper written by the group in 2011 funded by a grant from the Welsh Ornithological Society.

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