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Day 29 of ringing, 5 October, Autumn 2014. AWESOME END.



The last ringing team say you bye bye!

Unfortunately this is the end and during the night  the sky cried because we are leaving. After the raining we had a wet and hot awesome ringing morning. We had two nice new surprises in our nets although we could work three hours.


Jynx torquilla.

We trapped the amazing  Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla, Στραβολαίμης), and we enjoyed his movements of neck replying a snake during we ring it.


Accipiter nisus. Young, male

A raptor always is a nice capture for us. We trapped a Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus, Ξεφτέρι).

The end of the session was amazing!

Today we trapped 10 birds of 7 different species.

The most abundant species today was European Robin (Erithacus rubecula, Κοκκινολαίμης). We trapped more than the half of the total.

New species:

Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus, Ξεφτέρι).
Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla, Στραβολαίμης)

Other species trapped:

Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix, Δασοφυλλοσκόπος).
Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus, Θαμνοφυλλοσκόπος)
Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva, Νανομυγοχάφτης).
Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio, Αετομάχος)

Another autumn ringing session is over with a total of 567 new birds ringed and 1 control bird ringed in Belgium of 36 different species.

During this month 14 volunteers from 5 different countries have been here to help me, to learn about the ringing like method of study   to enjoy with the beautiful place of the island, and to create a very nice atmosphere in the communal life. Tank’s a lot Sylvia “Moldavia” (Moldova), Navarrete Eli (Spain), Maria Dolores (Greece), Giannis “Posaidon” (Greece), Javi “heavi”(Spain), Cristian “hepfully” (UK), Robin “random” (UK), Maria ruberta (Greece), Elpida “onomatopoeya” (Greece), Neutron Kostis (Greece), Nadia “Komanechi” (Greece) Andrea cinerea (Serbia), Louisa  “chochin” and her amazing  Molly “doggy”. Without your help this couldn’t have been possible. I hope that you learned and enjoyed and I hope I will see you again.

Also I want give my greeting to my colleague Giaccomo “proton”  and of course to my lord Barba christos for their help. All thesespecials “species” have been the reason that the communal life this month in Antikythira was great!! Don’t forget it guys: YOU ARE AWESOME!!! Haha!


Giaccomo biasi (Raptor monitoring, left) and Ruben Gonzalez (Ringing proyect, rigth)! the shepherds of Antikythira Autmn 2014!

Our greetings Giaccomo and me also to the friendly coordinator of the project, Manolia, who unfortunately for all couldn’t be here this year, to the conservation officer of  Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS) and al my colleagues of HOS for their support always when I need, they were willing to help me.

Finally I will like to thank the local community and also the team of archaeologists for their company and to the great time we spent together.

We wish you will come again to participate in this project, I would like to thank all of you for your contribution.

The head ringer of this session:

Ruben Gonalez (A.K.A Negrinakis!!)