Monday, 24 April 2017

A Windy Day - 23rd April

Not yet back in to a routine so yesterday's report is a day late ........ whoops 

It proved to be a really windy day, getting steadily stronger as the day wore on. It seemed almost impossible to find a sheltered corner in the second half of the afternoon. That said conditions alloweda reasonable   look around in the morning.

Counts of the dominant species were: 68 Whinchat, 22 Woodchat Shrike, just 18 Whitethroat, 20 Nightingale,  23 Pied Flycatcher and 23 Spotted Flycathcher. There were also 3 Wryneck, 4 Hoopoe, 2 Collared Flycatcher, 9 Golden Oriole, 3 Redstart, 2 Wood Warbler and 2 Great Reed Warbler.

The other species of interest was Spanish Sparrow with a total of at least 240 ground birds, mostly at Kokinoghia and Beehive Pass.

The only raptors on the mover were a single Kestrel and a fine male Lesser Kestrel. 

The other development this year is that we now have an official permission to undertake bird ringing at Cape Tenaro. The windy afternoon allowed us to spend time cutting mist net rides and special thanks are due to Katherina for helping us liaise with the local people and help in chopping out the net rides. One of the nets was even sheltered enough to open briefly enabling us to get the ringing programme off to a start - and the first bird ringed was a Garden Warbler (that must be your influence Christos !!).

Ringing totals: 1 Whitethroat, 3 Garden Warbler, 1 Great Reed Warbler (Total = 5)

Windy bushes at Pailros

A Golden Oriole hiding from the wind

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