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Day 23 of ringing, Spring 2014

Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis, Θαμνοτσιροβάκος)

Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis, Θαμνοτσιροβάκος)

Strong south winds are present in the east central Mediterranean, but lucky for us Crete is blocking those winds from Antikythira and we were able to ring. In total we had close to 5 birds with a good variety of species. We got our second Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (Iduna pallida, Ωχροστριτσίδα) and Icterine Warbler (Hippolais icterina, Κιτρινοστριτσίδα) and small new wave of Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus, Σχοινοποταμίδα) [ 7 ringed today]. The numbers of Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin, Κηποτσιροβάκος) are still low (around 10 ) but increasing every day.

Other species trapped today:

Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops, Τσαλαπετεινός) , Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis, Δεντροκελάδα), Common Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos, Αηδόνι), Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus, Φοινίκουρος), Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra, Καστανολαίμης), Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus, Τσιχλοποταμίδα), Subalpine Warbler (Sylvia cantillans, Κοκκινοτσιροβάκος), Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis, Θαμνοτσιροβάκος) , Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla, Μαυροσκούφης), Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix, Δασοφυλλοσκόπος), Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita, Δεντροφυλλοσκόπος), Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus, Θαμνοφυλλοσκόπος), Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata, Σταχτομυγοχάφτης), Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca, Μαυρομυγοχάφτης), Eurasian Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus, Συκοφάγος, Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator, Κοκκινοκεφαλάς)

 

Day 22 of (non) ringing – Spring 2014

Too strong south winds today! So ringing is postponed to tomorrow!

Yesterday, Stavros, Victoria, Takis and Georgia and Larry departed back to the mainland. Hope to see you soon during a coming sampling season.

Family photo at the port just some minutes before the volunteer departure

Family photo at the port just some minutes before the volunteer departure

Day 21 of ringing, Spring 2014 – the arrival of the first Icterine & Eastern Olivaceous Warblers

Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (Iduna pallida, Ωχροστριτσίδα)

After a break for the ester day we are back in business. In total 150 birds toady which is up to now the best day of the current season. Tree new species for the season, the Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (Iduna pallida, Ωχροστριτσίδα), the Icterine Warbler (Hippolais icterina, Κιτρινοστριτσίδα) and the European Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus, Καλαμοποταμίδα)(which had had been observed but not trapped up to now).  Quite a few Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator, Κοκκινοκεφαλάς) around and trapped (8 in total) while the number of Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin, Κηποτσιροβάκος) also increased (around 20). We also had a new wave of Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus, Σχοινοποταμίδα) with 16 birds trapped today.

Other birds trapped today:

European Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur, Τρυγόνι), Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops, Τσαλαπετεινός), Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis, Δεντροκελάδα), Common Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos, Αηδόνι), Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus, Φοινίκουρος), Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra, Καστανολαίμης), Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus, Τσιχλοποταμίδα), Subalpine Warbler (Sylvia cantillans, Κοκκινοτσιροβάκος), Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis, Θαμνοτσιροβάκος), Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix, Δασοφυλλοσκόπος), Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus, Θαμνοφυλλοσκόπος), Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata, Σταχτομυγοχάφτης), Semi-collared Flycatcher (Ficedula semitorquata, Δρυομυγοχάφτης), Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis, Κρικομυγοχάφτης), Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca, Μαυρομυγοχάφτης), Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensi, Χωραφοσπουργίτης)

Icterine Warbler (Hippolais icterina, Κιτρινοστριτσίδα)

Day 20 of ringing, Spring 2014 – A Wood Warbler day

Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix, Δασοφυλλοσκόπος)

Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix, Δασοφυλλοσκόπος)

A fairly good day today with 65 birds ringed with close to 1/3 of them being Wood Warblers (Phylloscopus sibilatrix, Δασοφυλλοσκόπος). After a lot of day we had our second Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus, Σχοινοποταμίδα) while today we also trapped our second Sand Martin (Riparia riparia, Οχθοχελίδονο). The number of Garden Warblers (Sylvia borin, Κηποτσιροβάκος) are still low for this time of the season (five for today).

Other species trapped today

European Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur, Τρυγόνι), Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops, Τσαλαπετεινός), Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica, Σταυλοχελίδονο), Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis, Δεντροκελάδα), Common Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos, Αηδόνι), Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix, Δασοφυλλοσκόπος), Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus, Θαμνοφυλλοσκόπος), Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata, Σταχτομυγοχάφτης), Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis, Κρικομυγοχάφτης), Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca, Μαυρομυγοχάφτης), Subalpine Warbler (Sylvia cantillans, Κοκκινοτσιροβάκος), Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus, Φοινίκουρος), Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator, Κοκκινοκεφαλάς)

Day 19 of ringing, Spring 2014 – An Oriole day

Eurasian Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus, Συκοφάγος)

The first really good day today with around 110 birds ringed today! The first net round supervised us with around 20 Eurasian Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus, Συκοφάγος)! The most abundant species was the Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca, Μαυρομυγοχάφτης) and the Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix, Δασοφυλλοσκόπος) around 20 of each species. We also had quite a few Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis, Χωραφοσπουργίτης) around 15, all in one net!).

Apart from the Spanish Sparrow the new traps for the season were one Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra, Καστανολαίμης) and one Sand Martin (Riparia riparia,Οχθοχελίδονο).

Other species trapped today:

European Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur, Τρυγόνι), Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla, Στραβολαίμης), Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops, Τσαλαπετεινός), Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica, Σταυλοχελίδονο), Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis, Δεντροκελάδα), European Robin (Erithacus rubecula, Κοκκινολαίμης), Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus, Φοινίκουρος), Subalpine Warbler (Sylvia cantillans, Κοκκινοτσιροβάκος), Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis, Θαμνοτσιροβάκος), Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin, Κηποτσιροβάκος), Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla, Μαυροσκούφης), Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler (Phylloscopus orientalis, Βουνοφυλλοσκόπος), Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita, Δεντροφυλλοσκόπος), Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata, Σταχτομυγοχάφτης), Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis, Κρικομυγοχάφτης).

Day 18 of (non) ringing, Spring 2014 – Rain again!

The rains started from early morning and practically have not stopped up to now! When the rain stop for a while you can see that there are several new arrivals Eurasian Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus, Συκοφάγος) moving discreetly from tree to tree and impressively a lot of Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur, Τρυγόνι).

We really hope there will be no raining tomorrow so  we can trap and ring!

The cloudy weather made caused problems also to our Moon-watching but at least we could record some birds crossing the disk of the moon during  April.

Barabara and Elisavet during recording migratory birds by Moon-watching

Barbara and Elisavet during recording migratory birds by Moon-watching

Day 17 of ringing, Spring 2014 – Some wind and a Pallid Harrier.

Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus, Στεπόκιρκο)

Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus, Στεπόκιρκο)

The first raptor were trapped today, a beautiful Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus, Στεπόκιρκος)!  Unfortunately we had some wind that did not allow us to ring up to the last ringing session. Apart from the Harrier we also had our first Eurasian Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus, Συκοφάγος) a Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops, Τσαλαπετεινός)   and two European Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur, Τρυγόνι). Not bad for 22 birds ringed in total!

Other species trapped:

Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus, Τσιχλοποταμίδα), Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin, Κηποτσιροβάκος), Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus, Θαμνοφυλλοσκόπος), Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata, Σταχτομυγοχάφτης), Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis, Κρικομυγοχάφτης), Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca, Μαυρομυγοχάφτης), Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis, Δεντροκελάδα),Common Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos, Αηδόνι)

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Day 16 of ringing, Spring 2014 – The arrival of the Superior (Garden Warbler)!

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Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin, Κηποτσιροβάκος)

In general it was a great day, with close to 40 birds in the nets and several new captures for the season.  The species that made me smile was the Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin, Κηποτσιροβάκος), one of my favourites. Other new species for the season was the European Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur, Τρυγόνι), the Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana, Βλαχοτσίχλονο) and the Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata, Σταχτομυγοχάφτης) .

On top of that we got two more Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus, Κούκος) and two Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla, Στραβολαίμης)

Other species trapped today:

European Scops Owl (Otus scops, Γκιώνης), Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus, Τσιχλοποταμίδα),Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis, Θαμνοτσιροβάκος), Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla, Μαυροσκούφης), Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix, Δασοφυλλοσκόπος),Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus, Θαμνοφυλλοσκόπος), Semi-collared Flycatcher (Ficedula semitorquata, Δρυομυγοχάφτης), Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis, Κρικομυγοχάφτης), Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca, Μαυρομυγοχάφτης)

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European Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur, Τρυγόνι)

Day 15 of ringing, Spring 2014 – Rain!

The nets were open as usual in darkness  closed at 7:00 due to rain opened at 9:00 and closed at 9:30 again due to rain again. So not so many birds ringed today (less than 10,  Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis, Κρικομυγοχάφτης), Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca, Μαυρομυγοχάφτης) and Common Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos, Αηδόνι).

The team at the local Taver at the Potamos (the port)

The team at the local Taver at the Potamos (the port)

Dries and Vangelis took the boat to Athens yesterday, so we are two less.  More people are expected on Friday.

Day 14 of ringing, Spring 2014 – Black and white Flycatchers

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Semi-collared Flycatcher (Ficedula semitorquata, Δρυομυγοχάφτης)

Another day with three species of Ficedula Flycatchers [Semi-collared Flycatcher (Ficedula semitorquata, Δρυομυγοχάφτης), Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis, Κρικομυγοχάφτης), Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca, Μαυρομυγοχάφτης)]. Collared Flycatcher was the most common species ringed today. We were also happy to have two Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops, Τσαλαπετεινός) and three Woodchat Shrikes (Lanius senator, Κοκκινοκεφαλάς).

In total slightly over 20 birds.

Other species trapped today:

Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis, Δεντροκελάδα), Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla, Μαυροσκούφης), Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix, Δασοφυλλοσκόπος)