Wednesday 3 December 2014

Grey Wagtail to start a day of good winter ringing..

Our winter effort on the Ceredigion side of the Teifi Marsh continues. The reward today was a new bird for that area - a Grey Wagtail.
We had seen one around the stream several times before so decided to set up a two shelf net in its favoured area. We couldn't believe it when it was in the net before we had even finished putting it up!
A good start for Charlie Sargent who was visiting us from Gower Ringing Group.
It is always nice to show the reserve to other ringers - not a bad view from the ringing site across the reed beds to the Wildlife Centre.
A good vantage point to watch the Starlings come out of roost and record on Birdtrack anything else flying about, like the 30 Lapwing and 12 Snipe over today. 5 Jack Snipe flushed as we walked across the marsh.
Here Charlie and Chris discuss the aging of Reed Buntings - today's birds taking our total of Reed Buntings ringed this year to over 140.
Next some garden ringing where the number of Goldfinch and Greenfinch has suddenly increased this week.
Back to the reserve for the Starling roost with another 28 ringed.
It looks like it is going to be a cold night - the temperature was already down to minus 1°c when we left the reserve at 6pm. With a bright moon it looks a better idea to stay in the warm than go out lamping!

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