Tuesday 29 March 2016

A first for March...!

Following regular recces of the Teifi Marsh we decided last night to put up the first couple of nets of the Spring at the Mallard pond site - our favourite site for hirundines and more famously White Wagtails - an Icelandic recovery !
About 100 hirundines feeding above the pond and around the marsh, and only a few Wagtails came to roost.
We did catch one bird ....

D350951, a control Sand Martin and our first ever in March.
We did catch a French ringed Sand Martin in early April 2011, but we haven't had the details of this bird yet... maybe one for Lee Barber to help find ?

This afternoon Wendy and I joined Chris to take some homemade boardwalk pieces to the Pentood net rides, and re-positioned some old boardwalk at the Mallard site to assist access at a new 60' net ride.

Details of another Sedge Warbler movement. Ringed on 25th July 2015.  24 days later controlled in southwest France on 18th August 2015. This is not our first Sedge Warbler recovery from this site, La Maziere, Villeton, and interesting that was an adult female though unlikely one of our breeding birds as not ringed earlier in the breeding season.

 Sedge Warbler at Dungeness today....maybe a March Sedge for us tomorrow...
....though we have only caught 76 in April, compared with over 1000 in May.

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