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Archive for April, 2012

Another new arrival / day 30 of ringing

Yesterday we got the Melodious Warbler (Hippolais polyglotta, Ορφεοστριτσίδα) which was the second observation for Greece but  today we got the first Icterine Warbler (Hippolais icterina, Κιτρινοστριτσίδα). If everything runs according to the plan many more will come. A big wave of Flycatchers arrived today! The number of the birds belonging to the genus Ficedula […]

A new species for the island! / day 29 of ringing

A new species for the Antikythira species list were added today! At the first glance, when the bird were still in the nets we thought it the first Icterine Warbler (Hippolais icterina, Κιτρινοστριτσίδα) for the season, but at the ringing table it turned out to be was Melodious Warbler (Hippolais polyglotta, Ορφεοστριτσίδα). Juan, from Spain […]

Three first traps for the season / day 28 of ringing

It was in fact the first good day since the beginning of the season! Even though the wind was not gone completely it was not enough to affect our trapping. We started our day with our first Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus, Γιδοβύζι; they have been around for two days) and a Scops Owl (Otus scops, Γκιώνης). […]

The first Semi-collared Flycatcher

The exceptionally bad weather we are experiencing this spring is to blame for the fact that we did not have any Semi-collared Flycatcher (Ficedula semitorquata, Δρυομυγοχάφτης) up to now. Most probably the male Semi-collared Flycatchers massed the previous weak when we were not fully operative because of the weather and we lost them.  Al least […]

Still some wind / day 26 of ringing

The winds delayed us a couple of hours from opening the nets but eventually we could work today. We trapped a lot of Willow Warblers (Phylloscopus trochilus, Θαμνοφυλλοσκόπος) and Pied Flycatchers (Ficedula hypoleuca, Μαυρομυγοχάφτης). We also had two Hoopoes (Upupa epops, Τσαλαπετεινός), three Golden Orioles (Oriolus oriolus, Συκοφάγος) and two  Turtle Doves (Streptopelia turtur, Τρυγόνι) […]

Day 25 of (non) ringing

Yet another day of extremely strong winds. The prevailing western winds seem to have brought to the island a lot of birds that struggle to eat and fly.

Day 24 of ringing

This morning was extremely windy as well, but we were lucky and the afternoon forecast was quite wrong, so we could open the nets for a couple of hours. We hope that tomorrow will be windless and we’ll be able to get into our daily routine. Species trapped today were: Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus, Φοινίκουρος), Garden Warbler […]

Strong winds and new arrivals / day 23 of ringing

The strong winds are still present. We managed though to open the nets for three hours and we got out first Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata, Σταχτομυγοχάφτης). Unfortunately the weather prediction is not good for tomorrow either but we cannot do anything more about it than to wait. Other species trapped were: Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos, Αηδόνι), […]

Easter Day today

Winds were also strong today, but fortunately for us Easter Sunday is the only official day without ringing. We celebrated it with goat (katsikaki), red eggs and Greek Easter cookies, prepared by Ariadni and Dionisia. We are eager to wake up early again tomorrow and ring some pretty birds!

The first Turtle Dove / day 21 of ringing

New species for the ringing season today! The Turtle Doves (Streptopelia turtur, Τρυγόνι) have been around for a few days but only today they seem to be more abundant and eventually one was trapped. It was quite a windy day that made our nets visible but in the end we had a decent number of […]