Sunday, 26 August 2012

Success at first light and a Borth Bog tick!

This morning's ringing trip to the Dyfi with Jane and Amy started well, at first light, in the form of a stunning juvenile Greenshank  - they are a real favourite of mine so always a red letter day when we catch one.

Amy releasing a semi-transparent Greenshank!

This was followed by our first netting visit to the Dyfi/Aber Leri NNR reed beds. High water levels and bad weather have put a spoiler on all previous planned trips. I have to say, given all the reports I've heard from others about the dismal catches of young warblers,  I wasn't expecting much this morning either. Just a couple of nets were put up in the shallower parts for a couple of hours but resulted in 7 Sedge Warblers, 5 Reed Warblers 4 Reed Buntings and the first ever Cetti's Warbler caught at the site. The bird, a juvenile female, was yet to start its post-juvenile moult so almost certainly indicates the first confirmed breeding record for the reserve?

A Borth Bog tick! But only the once!

Spurred on by this promising result (given the netting effort) I might just get myself some new chest-waders and have another go later this week when the wind abates!

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