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Archive for May, 2010


  We are grateful to Stephen, Roger, Helen, Theo, Jiannis, Theodoroula, Nikos, Dirk and Maria for their help… Hope to see some of the blog followers on Antikythira during one of the following seasons.                                   

Species count.

 More than 3300 birds were ringed this season out of more than 60 species. Species trapped:Eurasian Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus,Συκοφάγος), Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos, Τσίχλα), Thrush Nightingale (Luscinia luscinia, Τσιχλαηδόνι), Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos, Αηδόνι), European Robin (Erithacus rubecula, Κοκκινολαίμης), Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe, Σταχτοπετρόκλης), Black-eared Wheatear(Oenanthe hispanica, Ασπροκωλίνα), Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus, Φοινίκουρος), Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica, Σταυλοχελίδονο), House Martin (Delichon urbicum, Λευκοχελίδονο), Sand Martin […]

Day 61 – The last bird of the season….

The season is over and 61 days of ringing have passed. The last three days have been very windy and we’ve only been able to work for a few hours per day. The last bird ringed for the season was this lovely Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica, Ασπροκωλίνα).Other species trapped today were:Eurasian Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus, […]

Day 59

We had prevailing strong winds the last two days so wehave not been trapping a big amount of birds. Our mainly trap today were Sand Martins (Riparia riparia, Οχθοχελίδονο) and House Martins (Delichon urbicum, Λευκοχελίδονο).Other species trapped were: Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica, Σταυλοχελίδονο), Garden Warblers (Sylvia borin, Κηποτσιροβάκος), Icterine Warbler (Hippolais icterina, Κιτρινοστριτσίδα), Wood Warbler […]

Day 57

A bigger variety of species toady even though the numbers have fallen down (around 70 birds trapped). It was quite nice to have five Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster, Μελισσοφάγος) at the first net round. Apart from those colourful birds other species ringed today were:Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus, Τσιχλοποταμίδα), Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus, Σχοινοποταμίδα), Spotted Flycatcher […]

Day 56

The slowest day since the beginning of the season (30 birds!). Species trapped were:   Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix, Δασοφυλλοσκόπος), Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata, Σταχτομυγοχάφτης), Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus, Φοινίκουρος), Icterine Warbler (Hippolais icterina, Κιτρινοστριτσίδα), Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (Hippolais pallida, Ωχροστριτσίδα), Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus, Σχοινοποταμίδα), Garden Warblers (Sylvia borin, Κηποτσιροβάκος).

Day 55- A Spotted Flycatcher Day

We had a peak of Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata, Σταχτομυγοχάφτης) today, with really a lot of them flying around and sitting at every branch. We also trapped our second  Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto, Δεκαοχτούρα)  for the season and a Black-eared Wheatear(Oenanthe hispanica, Ασπροκωλίνα) which we do not get too often.Other species trapped today (around […]

Day 54

 An other Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus, Βραχοκιρκίνεζο) in our nets today made our day a little more interested as we do not really have a close look at them too often. As usual the last few day the most abundant species is the Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin, Κηποτσιροβάκος).Other species trapped today are (In total around […]

Day 53

Few species around today. Apart from Garden Warblers (Sylvia borin, Κηποτσιροβάκος) which were more than two thirds of our daily catch we also trapped a Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Μελισσοφάγος), a Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus, Τσιχλοποταμίδα), a European Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur, Τρυγόνι), European Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus, Γιδοβύζι), a few Eurasian Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus, […]

Day 52

The migration flow is on it way to fade out but quite a few birds still around ( around 100). Today the birds trapped were mainly  Garden Warblers (Sylvia borin, Κηποτσιροβάκος), Sedge Warblers (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus, Σχοινοποταμίδα) and Sand Martins (Riparia riparia, Οχθοχελίδονο). The ringing valley are still surrounded with a lot of European Bee-eaters (Merops […]