Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Ringing in the reeds.

Craig took over the monitoring of the Reed Warblers whilst I was away, so I was keen to get back into the reed bed to update the Nest Record Cards & to find new nests. So today Me & Chris headed in, to carry out the work.

24 Reed Warbler nests found at various stages (eggs, young, fledged).
25 pulli ringed + 2 adults and 5 adults recapped.
1 Sedge Warbler (recap), 1 Blue tit ringed + a brood of 4 Song Thrush.

Steve had noticed a brood of Coot at the reed bed and so I packed the colour rings & bread - just in case we got lucky! And we did - 3 out of the 6 grabbed & colour ringed! It seemed strange to be ringing Coot in warm weather & their feathers still being in pin! I'd like to try and catch more pulli Coot as there doesn't seem to be any information on natal dispersal for this species.

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