Saturday, 23 July 2016

Leason marsh ringing re-establishing

Mike and myself have had a few short sessions this month, with Owain's assistance on a couple of occasions, but only today has it felt that things are finally starting to move around a bit. There are no feeders at the site, so tits and finches are usually no more than occasional and a wandering juv Coal Tit was the only tit/finch in this morning's total of 54 birds. Sedge Warbler (14) was the most frequent species, followed by Willow Warbler (11), Reed Warbler (9) [photo], Chiffchaff (4), Blackcap (2), Cetti's Warbler (1), Grasshopper Warbler (1), with Grey Wagtail [photo] providing something unexpected. The year total for this site is just at 126 (new) and 21 (retraps), but hopefully this will change quickly over the weeks ahead.
PS. I checked out the Starling roost a couple of nights back and it's moved (perhaps just temporarily?) to the eastern ponds (which we leave undisturbed). I'm sure Cedwyn could lure them back to the ringing site if enough interest is shown, hopefully along with a few Green Sandpipers from the ever-increasing aggregation, which is now up to a remarkable 22. I've lifted the water level a bit in the ringing area, but there was no sign of these birds moving across today.

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