Some of the birds in this post have travelled many thousands of kilometres.
On the night of the 21st January we were out on one of our long running study farms. Three of the Woodcock were caught had been ringed by us in previous years. Despite the long migrations, presumably to Russia and back they were all very close to where they were initially ringed.
EY33811 was ringed (age 5) in January 2014 so was likely to have flown over 50,000 km in its life!
10% of the Woodcock that we have ringed on the sheep pasture fields at this farm have either been caught again in subsequent years or recovered elsewhere.
Some recoveries of birds received recently
Ringed Silutes, Lithuania 09/06/2022
Re-encountered Llechryd 16/01/2023 221 days, 1735km WSW
We have now caught several Starlings ringed in Silutes. The Ventes Ragas station where it was caught is one of the oldest in Europe. They catch a lot of Starlings, for example in the month of June that this bird was ringed they caught 24377!
The majority of Starlings we catch are first year birds but the plumage of an adult male is something to admire.
|Starling neck feathers|
Sedge Warbler APR3521
Ringed Teifi Marshes, Ceredigion 04/05/2022
Re-encountered Donges, Loire-Atlantique, France 31/07/2022 88 days 562km SSE
Late news of a Reed Warbler to Portugal in 2019
Reed Warbler ABB9968
Ringed Teifi Marshes, Ceredigion 07/07/2019
Re-encountered Herdade dos Forninhos, Beja, Portugal 21/08/2019 45 days 1626km SSW
As usual in January we put a lot of effort into looking for our colour-ringed Reed Buntings as they are more easily seen when coming to artificial food. All sightings of these birds are valuable, though currently outside the RAS season.
|Blue/Metal, Lime/Orange was seen by Colin Dalton last Jan|
and again this year and is a frequent visitor to the feeder
"Wilti" rides in the wet woodland part of the Teifi Marshes are up and running, 2 Willow Tits feeding nearby ...
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