Sunday 3 February 2019

Trapping at Mallard Pond.....and beyond

Reed Buntings - - the study species...

He wandered in ...for Millet
(a different Water Rail to this one photo'd by Dyfed near Kingfisher Pond earlier this week)

Not in the large Potter Trap baited with cat food....

...but in the middle trap of this compartmental trap with three independent doors and catching boxes.

We did catch 5 Reed Buntings this morning, 3 new and 2 retraps, thus no concern of birds being trap shy on the trap's first outing !

We have to balance general feeding of the area to keep the Reed Buntings at Mallard Pond, providing opportunities for our following of  Reed Bunting photographers who are invaluable for recording colour-ringed birds. This was one of several sent to us recently by Colin Dalton of an old male ringed in 2013, regularly seen around Mallard

We also like to catch with a mist net when possible or with even more precise baiting of the traps when conditions dictate.
The general feeder for Millet postioned towards the far end of the 18m net ride

Karen having a closer look at feather wear on the Water Rail.

We returned to Mallard this morning with Andrew - 3 more new Reed Buntings colour-ringed.

Third Wheel have supplied us with our latest traps including the interesting 3 compartmental trap shown above.

See their website for further details if interested in various traps.
Wendy has also positioned a Whoosh Net below one of her hedgerows, a new venture using the same trap and methods as Chris uses at Mwnt for  his Linnet RAS study.

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