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End of the Season!

The wind was not with us at tour last ringing day… So the last bird that was ringed for the spring season 2012 was a Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin, Κηποτσιροβάκος) while the first a Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita, Δεντροφυλλοσκόπος). In total more than 3500 birds where ringed of 60 species, two of them being rare in […]

Some more old friends / day 57 of ringing

 A small trap today as well as the wind did not let as ring for long. Dy the time we had to close nets we had ringed little bit more that 50 birds. As yesterday today we had the reappearance of some species that should have passed and already have started breeding as  Pied Flycatcher […]

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater!

A Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merops persicus, Πράσινος Μελισσοφάγος) appeared today over the ringing valley making us all happy. The last years we have regularly one observation per spring season of the species while in the past we even had one trapped! Let’s hope that the strong winds will not let depart tonight and that it will […]

Some old friends / day 56 of ringing

The weather was not in our side for another time. The strong winds made us close the nets after a couple of nets rounds but up to them we had ringed around 70 birds. Some species that were common in the beginning of the season as the Hoopoe (Upupa epops, Τσαλαπετεινός) and Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus, […]

Day 55 of ringing

Some birds are still migrating as we trapped more than 100 birds today. The Reed Warblers (Acrocephalus scirpaceus, Καλαμοποταμίδα) and Great Reed Warblers (Acrocephalus arundinaceus, Τσιχλοποταμίδα) made a small come back while the most abundant bird is still the Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin, Κηποτσιροβάκος). Among a flock or Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis, Χωραφοσπουργίτης) we trapped […]

Day 54 of ringing

Back in business after some slow day with wind and rain… there are still some birds migrating that  keeps us busy. The most abundant species for today were the Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata, Σταχτομυγοχάφτης) and the Icterine Warbler (Hippolais icterina, Κιτρινοστριτσίδα). The two Phylloscopus species, the Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix, Δασοφυλλοσκόπος) and the Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita, […]

day 53 of (non) ringing

Another day which we could not open nets because of the wind! Fortunately according to perdition we will able to work tomorrow.

rain and sweets / day 53 of ringing

It saw not the wind that stopped us for ringing during the whole duration of the constant effort period put the rain. Nevertheless we ringed for a couple of hours. A sweet surprise though way waiting for us in the port as Melanie (a former volunteer this spring season) had sent us a package. Species […]

day 52 of (non) ringing

 The wind saw strong from early mooring so we did not manage to open the nets at all. This is the first time the last 6 years we are not able to ringing for two day in May!    

RE: A Sedge Warbler from Finland

The Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus, Σχοινοποταμίδα) that was trapped on April 11 with a Finish ring was initially ringed in Espoo on the August 23, 2010. This information was brought to us by our former volunteer, Raimo and we thank him for that.