Month: August 2014

Bird ringing team working hard

Stanny flash & godwit ringing 006The month of August is rushing by and migration is in full spate. The SEG ringing group have been out catching reed and sedge warblers and bearded tits to bump up their figures for the three RAS (see BTO website for details!) projects they are involved in and, for which, the project end date is 31 August. They have also been catching swallows in the evenings, up to now over 90% are young birds born this year – this points to a good breeding season for that species. Other niceties include; whinchat, stonechat and linnet.

The wader ringing is now in full swing, species caught so far are six greenshank (which are colour-ringed – see link to site right-hand side of this blog), curlew, lapwing, green sandpiper, common sandpiper, dunlin and redshank (some with colour-rings). Common snipe got out of the net and a mute swan went straight through the net! Such is wader ringing…