Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Rockit Science!

Spent the day monitoring Chough nests in Ceredigion with Jane. The good news was that two former sites had been re-occupied by new pairs. All four adults were colour-ringed and the female at one of the sites had travelled over 60 kms from her natal site on the Lleyn Peninsular.

Bonus of the day was a brood of Rock Pipits. Luckily I happened to have a big ladder on me so we were able (just!) to reach the nest and ring the young. The beauty of the British Ringing scheme is that such chance encounters, and odd broods ringed here and there, all add to the National Database helping scientists at the Nunnery to investigate the movements, survival rates and population dynamics of a wide range of species that may not be possible through individual studies.

 Perfect sized Rock Pipit pulli

Back in the well-hidden nest

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