Thursday 28 April 2016

France, the Teifi !

A wander around the marsh yesterday evening suggested that with the northerly wind dropping and the clear sky our migrants, particularly Sedge Warblers could appear in the morning.

Some did....The first bird I extracted was wearing a Belgian ring. Chris ringing on the other side of the marsh, messaged with news of a French ringed Sedge Warbler. By 8am the wind picked up and we packed up at the Mallard nets, with 11 new and 1 control Sedge Warbler, 2 retrap Reed Buntings, one of which needed colour ringing for our RAS project ...

and a retrap Cetti's Warbler ringed in 2012.

Over the other side of the marsh,  Chris caught 23 birds in the Pentood nets, including a second French ringed Sedge Warbler, 7 new Sedge Warblers, a retrap Cetti's Warbler, 5 Willow Warblers and also a retrap Reed Bunting needing colour rings. The highlight was a Grasshopper Warbler, the 28th for the group since 2009 but only the 4th Spring bird.

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