Sunday, 8 January 2017

2016 Totals and controls now on the blog

Totals for all of the Teifi Ringing Group sites are now available on the Ringing Totals section of the blog
2016 Totals
5,095 birds were ringed of 69 species. Including pulli and re-encounters the total was 6,626.
Much of this ringing focuses on providing information on population size, breeding success and survival through the BTO's projects CES (Constant Effort Sites) and RAS (Retrapping adults for Survival).
We will be looking at our own data for increases and decreases but one bird that has remained consistent in numbers for the last 3 years has been Kingfisher with 11 ringed in each of those years.

Details of all birds recovered and controlled in 2016 are also in the Ringing Totals section
2016 Recoveries and controls

Read the distances and direction travelled, from the bird that moved furthest, a Starling that was ringed on the Teifi Marsh and caught in Lithuania, 1735km away...

to Siskins that moved widely around the UK last winter to our West Wales feeders early in the year.

Sedge Warblers from the Teifi Marsh showed similar movements to previous years but 2016 saw our first to be caught in Ireland.

2016 saw the group continuing to grow. We now have 5 with A permits (3 of those with Trainers endorsements), 3 with C permits and 4 Trainees.
We are always keen to educate about ringing. Over the year several talks were given, a couple of groups of students were given an introduction to ringing and a television appearance too on S4C.

Over the winter when not occupied with CES and RAS or studying the migrants that pass through the Teifi Marsh, we have been keeping our trainees busy with some constant effort garden ringing, our 8th year in one garden. A chance to learn about data entry and looking up retrap histories

 while also learning about different species not often caught on the reserve like this Marsh Tit.

During the winter we are also lamping at night, catching Woodcock, Golden Plover

and other species that roost in fields.  We are continuing with whoosh netting Linnets at Mwnt, which is now our 4th active RAS project.

We would like to thank all of the landowners who give us permission to ring especially the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (Teifi Marshes, Pengelli Wood, Goodwick Moor) and National Trust (Mwnt)

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