Staffan Bensch has been an excellent co-worker throughout the Great Reed Warbler
project at Kvismaren.
The great reed warbler
is a long-distance migrant bird wintering in tropical Africa.
A singing Marsh Warbler at Cemlyn Bay was the standout visitor, while Bardsey bagged an Eastern Subalpine Warbler and a singing Blyth's Reed Warbler
Other species of international conservation concern found in the traps were Great Reed Warbler
, Nightjar, Golden Oriole, Wryneck, several species of shrikes, flycatchers and the local subspecies of the Scops Owl for which Cyprus has a special responsibility.
By the time the cuckoo arrives from sub-Saharan Africa, the nests of its hosts (like meadow pipit, reed warbler
) which it relies on to lay its imposter egg in have already been vacated by grown up chicks.
They are also at Mowbray Park, Sunderland, the site of the most viewed Baillon's Crake in ornithological history; RSPB Saltholme, Teesside, the discovery of Britain's second record of a glaucous-winged gull; Swalwell, Gateshead, where Britain's first great reed warbler
was shot in 1847; Trow Quarry, South Shields, for the sighting of Britain's first eastern crowned warbler.
The previous day's ringing surprise was closer to home, when a Blyth's reed warbler
was found on Hilbre Island.
Mallard, Red-wattled Lapwing and Marsh Harriers in winter months are common, along with Clamorous Reed Warbler
, identified by its distinctive grating song.
They were not of the common species of reed warbler
the curators had assumed, but rather a far rarer species known as the Large-billed Reed Warbler
- observed on just three documented occasions since 1867.
The cuckoo's favourite bird is the reed warbler
which is doing well in the UK, while the cuckoo population is falling, so you could say the reed warbler
is doing it's own bit for conservation.
Allan Snape, of Tees Ringing Group, said the site was important for the reed warbler
, sedge warbler and reed bunting - priority species in the Tees Valley Biodiversity Action Plan.