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Archive for April, 2009

Bee eaters….

There are some days that Bee Eaters Merops apiaster have arrived to the island but the last couples of  days some quite big flocks are seen. This is the first though to be trapped. It is also nice to see that  more and more Garden Warblers Sylvia borin are caught every day. Other species ringed […]

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater!

A rare visitor for Antikythira and the greater area overall, a Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus observed yesterday at the eastern part of the island. One more specimen had been ringed here in spring 2004.

An Antikythirian Great Reed Warbler in Samos!

A Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus that was initially ringed on Antikythira during spring season in 2008 were trapped by Maria & Eleni two days ago in Samos. The strong winds though did not let us work today….


At the first net round we trapped a Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus. Except from that the day was quite slow. The prevailing East wind seems that drove the birds away from the island. Other birds ringed today: Garden Warbler Sylvia borin Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita […]

Two new for the season

The Icterine Warblers  Hippolais icterina have just  arrived. Except from that a Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis was trapped as well. The latter have been around for some days though. Other species ringed today: Garden Warbler Sylvia borin Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus Whitethroat Sylvia communis Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix […]

An early visitor…

 As you can see in the picture today we trapped our first Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus. Comparing to last year there are very few around but on the other hand they might have not arrived yet. Other species ringed today: Garden Warbler Sylvia borin ( the superior) Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla Whitethroat Sylvia […]

Spotted Flycatcher

The first Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata appeared today. It was a slow morning until around 10 o’clock the valley filled up with swallows and swifts. After that time, the traffic seems to increase. Today was also the first day with a increased catch of  Garden Warblers! Other species trapped today were: Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus […]

A Golden Oriole & a Cuckoo

      Today the Golden Orioles Oriolus oriolus made their appearance… Just some adult male like the one trapped were seen. In some day time much more will appear! The Cuckoos Cuculus canorus have been around quite a few days flying over or around our nets. I suppose you can not be lucky every day! Other […]

Turtle Dove

The weather has been bad the last days. Strong winds have made us work quite less than planned. This morning though we got two Turtle doves Streptopelia turtur. The first of them appeared a week ago. Their abundance though is not stable from season to season but it seems that it will be good year […]

First Eleonora..

The first sighting of Eleonora’s Falcon Falco eleonorae today, just a few days earlier than last year. Most of the birds will disperse in mainland before their settlement to the colony during the summer.(Photo archive)