Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Chough Ringing on Anglesey

Just under a week later after doing the Tree Sparrow nestboxes at Martin Mere, I was back out ringing and this time I joined up with Adrienne Stratford and Tony Cross on the 27th May to do some pullus Chough ringing.

A total of 6 sites were visited over the Isle Of Anglesey with 18 chicks being ringed as part of their on going project monitoring the movements of our welsh Chough.

The day was spent abseiling down in to deep sea caves and with the tide crashing in below us, I began to wonder whether this was such a good idea.. If you take a look at the photo below, this was just a taster of the depths we went to get to these nests. Getting down there for a start was interesting, but getting the ladder into the correct position was enough more interesting. Saving the best til last was the noise of pullus Chough chicks calling to us as the adults flew around nearby checking what we were upto..

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