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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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Day 41 of ringing, Spring 2015

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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)

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Day 40 of ringing, Spring 2015 – Still having fun

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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)

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Day 39 of ringing, Spring 2015

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Even though still windy it was lightly better with around 50 birds trapped. It ssems that there is new wave of Icterine Warbler (Hippolais icterina, Κιτρινοστριτσίδα) which was the most abundant species ringed today. We also had an Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (Iduna pallida, Ωχροστριτσίδα). Species we had not seen for a while but ringed today were Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus, Τσιχλοποταμίδα) Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus, Φοινίκουρος) and Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra, Καστανολαίμης). The fancy species of the day were the European Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur, Τρυγόνι) European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Μελισσοφάγος).

Other species ringed:

Eurasian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus, Καλαμοποταμίδα)

Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin, Κηποτσιροβάκος)

Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis, Θαμνοτσιροβάκος)

Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla, Μαυροσκούφης)

Day 38 of ringing, Spring 2015

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Once more strong winds and few birds (around 20). Today we had a strange composition of species trapped as we got two Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla, Μαυροσκούφης) some European Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur, Τρυγόνι) a Hoopoe (Upupa epops, Τσαλαπετεινός) and the first Marsh Warbler (Acrocephalus palustris, Βαλτοποταμίδα) of the season. Sand Martins (Riparia riparia, Οχθοχελίδονο) are still around and we ringed some. The most common Species were the Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin, Κηποτσιροβάκος).

Day 37 of ringing, Spring 2015

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We are approaching the end of the season and there are not a lot of birds around. Furthermore yesterday’s night southern winds helped the birds to overcome Antikythira. We might not have a lot of birds (less than 20) but we had some nice species as European Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur, Τρυγόνι), European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Μελισσοφάγος), Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis, Κρικομυγοχάφτης) and a local Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus, Βραχοκιρκίνεζο).

Other species ringed:

Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin, Κηποτσιροβάκος)

Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata, Σταχτομυγοχάφτης)

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