donderdag 12 april 2012

Arrival from up north

It’s been a few days since I posted something, so time for an update again!  

A few days ago the Dutch dudes Bram and Teun arrived to Eilat, so the Dutch dream team is complete now!

On Tuesday we ringed about 200 birds with a Sand Patridge being a really nice species and the last few days we’ve ringed a Wood Warbler every day. Christian spend the day near Nizzana with his Swedish friends and saw lots of good stuff. They had 6 Maqcueen’s Bustards, Temmincks Lark, Cream-coloured Coursers, Bar-tailed Larks, Pin-tailed Sandgrouses etc. and also had a Long-billed Pipit near Be’er Sheva. Chris was really happy of course!
 Sand Patridge (Ammoperdix heyi), female
Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix)

Yesterday we spent the entire day on fixing trap 5 with a big team of people, resulting in very good progress. The trap is almost finished now, we just need to fix a few more things and then it is ready to catch lots of birds! In the evening we had our best swallow catch so far, with 200 Barn Swallows.
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica), male,  record-breaking bird with a tail of 155 mm!

Today, the 12th of April, we had a new wave of birds, with over 300 birds ringed. There was new arrival of quite a few Balkan Warbler’s, Lesser Whitethroats, Blackcaps and we ringed the good number of 10 Ortolan Buntings.

Around 11.00 I left with Tzadok and his son to catch buzzards in the Date Palm Plantations of Samar. We were pretty successful and brought back 10 Steppe Buzzards. At the station they caught another Subalpine Warbler and a Hoopoe.
 With Tzadok in the Date Palms
 10 Steppe Buzzards, waiting to be ringed.
The Dutch Team!

While I opened the swallow nets this evening Chris, Bram and Teun had the female Crested Honey Buzzard flying by really close. And an Osprey was hunting for a short period of time above the pond.

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