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Call for volunteering – Autumn 2015


Photo by: Christian Christodoulou-Davies

We are searching observers and bird ringers to join us as volunteers and help us carry out our bird ringing and raptor monitoring campaign for the autumn migration season of 2015.

The raptor migration monitoring will take place from the 15th of August until 13th of September.

The bird ringing campaign will take place from the 29th of August until the 27th of September.

The evaluation of the applications have now started!

To fill in an online application click here: application

Information about the accommodation, the volunteers’ tasks, how to get there, and other frequently asked questions can be found here: FAQ

Κάλεσμα για εθελοντές – Φθινόπωρο 2015


Photo by: Dimitris ALAGIALIS

Στα Αντικύθηρα λειτουργεί ένας, μοναδικός στο είδος του για την Ελλάδα, Ορνιθολογικός Σταθμός, όπου οι εθελοντές συμμετέχουν στην καταγραφή των μεταναστευτικών αρπακτικών πουλιών (από 15/08 έως 13/9) και στην παρακολούθηση της μετανάστευσης με τη μέθοδο των δακτυλιώσεων (από 29/08 έως 27/09).

Η υποβολή αιτήσεων συμμετοχής για τη φετινή φθινοπωρινή περίοδο έχει ήδη ξεκινήσει.

Αν και εσείς θα θέλατε να συμμετάσχετε, επισκεφτείτε τον ιστότοπο του ΟΣΑ και δηλώστε συμμετοχή!

Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες επισπευτείτε τον παρακάτω σύνδεσμο FAQ

Contribution number 17 from Antikythira Bird Observatory– Hellenic Ornithological Society

Barboutis C, Larsson L, Steinholtz Å, Fransson T (2015) From Mediterranean to Scandinavia – timing and body mass condition in four long distance migrants. Ornis Svecica 25:51–58


A new ABO paper on the phenology of spring migration of Icterine Warbler, Wood Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher and Collared Flycatcher has just been publish from Ornis Svecica. The study deals with phenology and body mass data collected from two bird Observatories, one situated in South Europe, ABO, and one in Scandinavia, Sundre Bird Observatory (Gotland, Sweden) All the study species migrate due north which means that some proportion of birds that pass through Greece are heading to Scandinavia. The differences in median dates between Greece and Sweden were 3–4 weeks and the passages in Sweden were generally more condensed in time. The average overall speed estimates were very similar and varied between 129 and 137 km/d. In most of the species higher speed estimates were associated with years when birds arrived late in Greece. After crossing continental Europe birds arrive at the Swedish study site with significantly higher body masses compared to when they arrive in Greece and this might indicate a preparation for arriving at breeding grounds with some overload. This study is an excellent example on who data from Bird Observatories around the globe can contribute knowledge of the natural history of birds.

A copy of the study can be find here

A Bee-eater from Budapest

We had ringed so many Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster, Μελισσοφάγος). the last week (approximately around 100) so it was time for a control.

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Day 45 of ringing, Spring 2015


The total over cast and the rain between Antnikythira and Kythira brought us a lot of birds. In total we got slightly more than 70 birds with the most common species beeing the  Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Μελισσοφάγος). Apart from species that are around this days like Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin, Κηποτσιροβάκος), Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata, Σταχτομυγοχάφτης), Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (Iduna pallida, Ωχροστριτσίδα) and Icterine Warblers (Hippolais icterina, Κιτρινοστριτσίδα) we also had  Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus, Τσιχλοποταμίδα)  European Turtle Doves (Streptopelia turtur, Τρυγόνι)  Eurasian Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus, Συκοφάγος) and Common Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos, Αηδόνι)


Other species ringed today

Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla, Μαυροσκούφης)

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica, Σταβλοχελίδονο)

Common House Martin (Delichon urbicum, Λευκοχελίδονο)


Day 44 of ringing, Spring 2015


Few birds today just around 10. But we got this beautiful Hoopoe (Upupa epops, Τσαλαπετεινός)

Other species ringed today:

Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin, Κηποτσιροβάκος)

Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata, Σταχτομυγοχάφτης)

Day 43 of ringing, Spring 2015


Just around 35 birds today but 2o of them were Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Μελισσοφάγος). So that means that we had the opportunity to study differences between age classes and sexes. We also trapped the firs (three) breeding Spanish Sparrows (Passer hispaniolensis, Χωραφοσπουργίτης).

Other species ringed today:

Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus, Φοινίκουρος)

Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin, Κηποτσιροβάκος)

Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata, Σταχτομυγοχάφτης)

Eurasian Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus, Συκοφάγος)

Day 42 of ringing, Spring 2015


The day started nice with 11 European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Μελισσοφάγος) and two Eurasian Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus, Συκοφάγος). After that things got slower but the got glad with some species we had not seen for some days as the Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus, Σχοινοποταμίδα) and the European Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca, Μαυρομυγοχάφτης). In total we got around 40 birds.

Other species ringed today:

Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (Iduna pallida, Ωχροστριτσίδα)

Eurasian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus, Καλαμοποταμίδα)

Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin, Κηποτσιροβάκος)

Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata, Σταχτομυγοχάφτης)


Day 41 of ringing, Spring 2015


Close to 10 birds due to the prevailing south winds we suppose (and the approaching end of the season). Nevertheless two of them were a Hoopoe (Upupa epops, Τσαλαπετεινός) and a European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Μελισσοφάγος).


Other species ringed today:

Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin, Κηποτσιροβάκος)

Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata, Σταχτομυγοχάφτης)

Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix, Δασοφυλλοσκόπος)


Day 40 of ringing, Spring 2015 – Still having fun


A fun, hot day that started with European Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus, Γιδοβύζι). Already form the first net round it was evident that a new wave of Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata, Σταχτομυγοχάφτης) and Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator, Κοκκινοκεφαλάς) had arrived. Those two species were the most abundant though out the day. We also had a local bird in our nets which was the first of them to ringed for the this year, the Common Blackbird (Turdus merula, Κότσυφας). As far as we are ware Blackbirds have recently started breeding on the island, so we will try to keep an eye on them.

Other species ringed today:

European Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur, Τρυγόνι)

Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus, Φοινίκουρος)

Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra, Καστανολαίμης)

Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (Iduna pallida, Ωχροστριτσίδα)

Icterine Warbler (Hippolais icterina, Κιτρινοστριτσίδα)

Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin, Κηποτσιροβάκος)

Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis, Θαμνοτσιροβάκος)

Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix, Δασοφυλλοσκόπος)

Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus, Θαμνοφυλλοσκόπος)

European Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca, Μαυρομυγοχάφτης)