Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Nant Ffrancon - 1st May 2013

 Male Lesser Redpoll
Female Wheatear.

This morning, Kelvin and I tried to start off the summer colour-ringing/radio tracking project on Twite in the Nant Ffrancon. During the morning we saw 8 Twite in total including a couple of singing males and best of all a colour-ringed bird. This bird was ringed by Matt, Ros and I at Flint in February.

Birds that we did catch were 2 Lesser Redpolls (breeding pair) and 2 Northern Wheatears. The male weighed 45g and was packed full of fat (Fat 5/6). He was enourmous!

We also managed to get lovely views of 4 Ring Ouzel and a singing male Common Redstart.

It was a shame we didn't get any Twite, but it does mean I actually get to have a rest over the next couple of days before the inevitable field work that will separate the men from the boys!