Thursday 23 October 2014

Varied wader catch

Last night brave souls of the Group ventured onto a soggy deep marsh to set nets for the second autumn wader catch. Despite the mud a nice varied catch was made. Small, but well worth the effort. As with the last session a duck, not a wader, is first caught, this time a nice adult female Teal. Our smallest duck is always a delight to ring and process and this female Teal was no exception.

The wader catch resulted in five species, including a Jack Snipe we ringed last year, being a species very much site loyal. Other species included, Bar-tailed Godwit, Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Redshank and an adult male Curlew.

Colourful wing of female Teal (Photo Mike Tyler)

Common and Jack Snipe (Photo Mike Tyler)

Fraser admiring the Jack Snipe (Photo Mike Tyler)