Monday, 28 July 2014

Introducing Llanrhidian

I've set up a couple of ringing rides in a small reedbed on the edge of the saltmarsh just west of the village. My interest here is to gain an insight into how much use these marginal habitats around the estuary receive from passing Acros and other summer migrant passerines. My first proper session took place on Saturday when in 2.5hrs I trapped 39 new birds, 33 of which were Acros (26 Sedge & 7 Reed Warblers), hopefully this trend will continue into August. Other bits and bobs included a 3J Cetti's (the first conclusive proof of breeding at this site) and a rather splendid 3M Pied Flycatcher.
Pied Flycatcher: The stepped tertial fringe age
this as a 3 and the black u.t.c. reveal it is a male.

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