The catch was made up as follows:
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The highlights of the catch were a couple of new reed warblers, blackcaps, re-trapped willow warblers, and continued small numbers of finches. The picture opposite shows the wing of a willow warbler. The outer primary is very small (vestigial) and cannot be seen here. Willow warbler wings are emarginated to the fifth primary (chiffchaffs are emarginated to the sixth).
The catch was slightly higher than in recent weeks, probably reflecting the ideal conditions and the increasing number of juvenile birds around. These included the first great tits, a fledged blackcap, dunnocks, robins, greenfinches and chaffinches.
Otters are less easily seen in the marsh than they were in 2013. However, there is a sprainting point close to the ringing site.
An azure damselfly was also present.
Other invertebrates seen during the morning were common blue and brimstone butterflies, grass rivulets and a brown silver-line moth.
Thanks to Charlie Sargent and Wayne Morris (BTO Regional Rep for East Glam and Cardiff Ringing Group member) for coming along this morning for what was a steady session.