Wayne Morris and I held a ringing demonstration today as part of the BIG Birding Day at Kenfig. The morning was spent down at the pool with 3 60' nets in 'SWPW' and 2 60' nets in 'WPS'. The demonstration was well attended and onlookers were rewarded with views of some good birds. Species included two reed buntings, two goldcrests, two chiffchaffs, Cetti's warbler, blackcap, great tit and two wrens. The birdwatching was good too with plenty of birds migrating overhead including two redwings, four redpolls, five siskins, six mistle thrushes and a constant stream of meadow pipits and chaffinches.
In the afternoon we moved near the reserve centre and put up two nets nearby. Further visitors enjoyed seeing some common birds in the hand. The aggressive nature of blue tits caused much entertainment as they pecked and tweaked my fingers during processing.
Eager group waiting for next net round.
Female goldcrest (picture by Becky)