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ABS Birding forum => Bird Ringing and Banding => Topic started by: Luis Alberto Birdaytrip on August 12, 2013, 09:11:54 am

Title: 2013.08.06 Day of Scientific Bird Ringing at Montes de Málaga
Post by: Luis Alberto Birdaytrip on August 12, 2013, 09:11:54 am
Nice summer bird ringing day with the first autumn migrating bird captured.

34º C, clear and quiet.

Just before day break, a Scops Owl sang so close to the nets that we really took into consideration the possibility of capturing and ringing it.

The absence of wind, the high temperature and the fact that this is the only site where birds can drink once the rain ponds have already dried elsewhere were factors favoring a rise in the number of captures.

And so it was. This is the list of captures: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Robin (juvenile), 2 Nightingales (1 juvenile), 2 Blackcaps (1 retrapped, 1 juvenile), 4 Sardinian Warblers (all juveniles), 1 Melodious Warbler (juvenile), 1 Western Bonelli’s Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher (juvenile), 1 Great Tit (juvenile), 2 Blue Tits (all juveniles), 1 Long-tailed Tit (juvenile), 8 Chaffinches (7 juveniles), 1 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinches (all juveniles) and 2 Serins (1 juvenile).

30 individuals of 15 different species in total.

Juveniles accounted for 76% of the captures with only y retrapped bird (an adult female Blackcap).

It was the first Western Bonelli’s Warbler in months so we thought it could be already migrating but the fat in its body was not still enough for its long travel, so it must be one of the active breeding ones at the site.

But the other unusual capture, a juvenile Pied Flycatcher, had all its body surrounded by a good layer of fat. This, along with the fact that this is not a breeding area for them, shows this little bird has indeed started its first travel to Africa.

Apart from the captures, it was a day with plenty of birds of prey activity above us. It may well be that our couple of Booted Eagles has raised two juveniles as four individuals could be seen peacefully flying  together in several occasions. In one of them, a young Bonelli’s Eagle was crossing their territory at a higher level. Another couple of Short-toed Eagles appeared twice at an also much higher altitude.
Title: Re: 2013.08.06 Day of Scientific Bird Ringing at Montes de Málaga
Post by: Trevor H on August 13, 2013, 09:52:43 am
Hi Luis

Sounds like you had a great day! Thanks for you updates.

Regards

Trevor