donderdag 21 oktober 2010

Sunday & Monday at Ooijse Graaf

The sunday and monday of my Autumn break were spent ringing at the Ooijse Graaf, with Bram. We didn't trap that many birds but we had some quality though. On sunday we trapped the following:
Kingfisher 0-1
Wren  2-1
Dunnock 3-0
Robin 6-2
Blackbird 3-0
Song thrush 3-0
Redwing 6-0
Chiffchaff 3-0
Willow tit 0-2
Blue tit 16-15
Great tit 9-4
Short toed treecreeper 2-0
Starling 1-0
Tree Sparrow 1-0
Reed bunting 6-0
Total 61-25 = 86
A Water Rail hanged in the nets for 5 seconds but unfortunately escaped.
Starlings have got a beautiful plumage in October as you can see above!
The bird on the left is a first 1Y : notice the greyish colourings in the eye. The bird on the right is a >1: the eye is reddish and brownish (maroon).
Redwing adult bird
Tree Sparrow

In the evening we went to the Ooijse Graaf again to try to catch some starlings because there is a huuuge party of Starlings roosting there, approximately 10.000 birds. There was one leucistic birds amongst the starlings.
We trapped :
Redwing 1-0
Long tailed tit- 5-0
Blue tit 0-1
Great it 1-1
Starling 14-0
Reed Bunting 3-0
Total 24-2 = 26

We only trapped 14 Starlings because they dropped in the reedbeds fairly quickly and because the roosting place was about 150 meters next to the mistnets.

On Monday we got out of bed very early for a (failed!) attempt to trap some skylarks early in the morning on a cropfield. We didn't succeed but we did lure 40 Skylarks around the mistnets.
The rest of the morning was quiet with a lack of birds (in the mistnets). We did trap a splendid Bearded Tit though! There was some good passage from thrushes,finches and skylarks overhead.
Wren 1-1
Robin 8-0
Blackbird 3-0
Song thrush 1-0
Redwing 3-0
Blackcap 1-0
Chiffchaff 1-0
Goldcrests 2-0
Bearded tit 1-0
Blue tit 7-3
Great tit 9-3 -> one with unknown colourrings!
Reed Bunting 6-0
Total 43-7 = 50

Out of the 8 Robins we trapped two Adult birds. On this photo you can clearly see the difference in tail shape of a 1Y bird and Adult bird. The one on the left is a first year, the tail feathers are round (but smaller) but pointed at the tip. The tail feathers of the bird on the left are clearly rounded (and broader).
Female Bearded tit.

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