For CES 9, Heather, Cedwyn and Chris were joined by Deri a young and keen volunteer at Kenfig. It was an introduction to ringing that may well result in a new trainee for the site.
The usual CES and WPS nets were augmented this time with two more in a ride cut into the reeds further around the pool. Dave and the volunteers had to cope with both hot weather and horse flies in their efforts to cut the "new" ride. Labelled GLR (Glaucus Reed) the ride had been an integral part of the CES regime in previous years.
In total we had 180m of nets over the three locations.
The day started well with a new bird for Cedwyn - a Water Rail. A juvenile that was obviously not smart enough walk under the mist net and just flew into it.
The rest of the morning was mostly taken up with the usual haul of migrants.
Some birds today proving more difficult to age than earlier in the year. This was particularly the case with a Reed Bunting that we had to admit we just didn't know and recorded it as a 2.
|Reed Bunting -- plenty of dark crown feathers|
|The same bird - with very worn tail feathers|
|The same bird - with strikingly bare abdomen.|
There was also a bird that was very easy to age given the rather obvious fault bar on it's tail. (see picture below not taken by Cedwyn, his are the better quality ones above)
|A Fault Bar|
Totals for the day: