Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Cape Tenaro in 2019 - Summary


Words to follow before the end of January

Raptor Migration in 2019 - a summary

A poor year !

Comments and a summary table to follow

Bird Ringing Summary for 2019


2019   Ringing Report for Cape Tenaro
2019 saw the third spring visit to Cape Tenaro for the bird ringing team. 

As in the previous two years we chose as our ringing site a valley side and bottom just south-west of Paliros where abandoned olive groves provided shelter and a corridor of movement for migrant birds after their arrival on the Cape.   On the penultimate day we experimented with a single 6m net positioned over a permanent drinking pool in a steep sided gulley below the village of Koureli

On the day of arrival (2nd April) 6 nets were erected by late afternoon and the first 2 birds caught and ringed. By 07.30 on 3rd April, 8 nets were in operation and the session finished with 40 new birds being ringed.  From the 4th April onwards the full complement of 9 nets totalling 93m was in operation.

Turtle Dove
1
Hoopoe
2
Wryneck
8
Swallow
1
Tree Pipit
1
Robin
10
Nightingale
55
Redstart
3
Stonechat
1
Blackbird
1
Savi’s Warbler
4
Great Reed warbler
7
Sedge Warbler
9
Reed warbler
1
Subalpine Warbler
69
Sardinian Warbler
3
Whitethroat
32
Garden Warbler
4
Blackcap
42
Wood Warbler
20
Chiffchaff
12
Willow Warbler
11
Spotted Flycatcher
1
Pied Flycatcher
53
Collared Flycatcher
24
Semi-collared Flycatcher
1
Golden Oriole
4
Woodchat Shrike
5
Spanish Sparrow
4
Corn Bunting
3
Species                30
392

11 full sessions of ringing were completed with two days being lost to bad weather.  The average was about 35 birds per full session which compares very favourably with the previous years’ averages of 26 and 25 ringed per day.

It was interesting to see the different species composition of an earlier visit compared to the previous two years and also some marked daily differences, for example 3 Pied and 11 Collared Flycatcher caught on the 3rd April, followed by none caught the following day.

We reviewed the siting of our study area and concluded that it is the optimum site that can be operated by one ringer, whilst still having the potential to expand if we were to have a larger team involved with the ringing programme in future years.

The big advantage is that it is away from any habitation and is neither troubled by people nor domestic animals.  Its position in relation to migrants making landfall on Cape Tenaro and then moving generally north into the landscape also seems to be beneficial.

The targeting of the drinking pool near to Koureli could also prove to be an attractive option for the normally inactive afternoon/evening periods.

Body mass for some migrant species caught & ringed at Cape Tenaro 2nd- 15thApril 2019
Species
Species
No. measured
Weight range (g)
Mean weight (g)
Nightingale
LUSMEG
53
16.8 – 24.8
20.7
Sedge Warbler
ACRSCH
9
9.7 – 14.6
11.0
Great Reed Warbler
ACRARU
7
26.8 – 33.8
30.1
Subalpine Warbler
SYLCAN
66
9.1 – 13.4
10.9
Whitethroat
SYLCOM
31
12.4 – 20.0
14.6
Garden Warbler
SYLBOR
4
14.1 – 19.5
17.0
Blackcap
SYLATR
41
15.7 – 23.3
19.0
Wood Warbler
PHYSIB
20
7.2 – 9.6
8.4
Collared Flycatcher
FICALB
21
10.0 – 15.1
11.6
Pied Flycatcher
FICHYP
46
9.7 – 13.9
11.8

Last Day Summary

Words to follow

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Sunday 14th April

Today was the last day of full coverage, details to follow. The undoubted highlight was a Blue-cheeked Bee-eater. First seen flying towards the lighthouse along the ridge above Pipit Plateau it then returned north and headed towards Kokinoghia where it was relocated sat on wires.



Saturday, 13 April 2019

Whitethroats and Wood Warblers

Summary - Saturday 13th April

This will follow late tomorrow (Sunday) 

Grounded Migrants: Words to follow

Visible Passage: Words to follow

Raptors: Words to follow

Bird Ringing: Words to follow

Overall Total: 42 birds ringed from 96m of nets.

Weather: Wind

Wood Warbler at Kokinoghia
Ortolan Buntings at Paliros Church
The view along Vathi Bay to Cape Livadhi

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 Turkish Gecko

A Painted Lady Day

Summary - Friday 12th April
Run out of time for the blog, so will try and do later. Generally quiet for birds but a massive influx of Painted Ladies was very impressive.

Grounded Migrants: Words to follow

Visible Passage: Words to follow

Raptors: Words to follow

Bird Ringing: Details to follow
Overall Total: 14 birds ringed from 96m of nets.

Weather: to follow

A Painted Lady - part of today’s huge influx
The Isabelline Wheatear on ‘Pipit Plateau '

An alba wagtail at Kokinoghia

A Bee-eater flying high over Paliros

Friday, 12 April 2019

Nightingales and Wynecks

Summary - Thursday 11th April

An interesting arrival with a very marked increase in Nightingales (89) the highest day total we’ve yet recorded on the headland. One noticeable aspect of today’s fall was that it concentrated in the northern part of the headland, there were relatively few birds in Kokinoghia or along the route to the lighthouse.

The other main components of today’s fall were: Wryneck (11), Whitethroat (51) and Subalpine Warbler (43).

A Reed Warbler (ringed) was the first of the year, as were a party of Bee-eaters over Paliros.

Grounded Migrants: Full counts to follow, need to get back in the field !


Visible Passage: Two Tree Pipits were seen heading north at Beehive Pass early on, part of a small arrival of this species. At 13.00 the first Bee-eaters of the year flew north over Paliros.

Raptors: Two male Montagu’s Harriers were the only migrant raptors seen today.

Bird Ringing: Our best day's ringing yet, with sps, our best total so far. Nightingale (22), Subalpine Warbler (14), Whitethroat (13) were the top 3 species. Full figures to be added later.

Overall Total: 90 birds ringed from 96m of nets.

Weather: Wind NW 3-4 to start, clear. By 10.00 wind variable 2-3 later SW 3-4 with more cloud in the afternoon.

Nightingale at Secret Beach 
Golden Oriole at Porto Kagio - a typical long range view
Robin at Porto Kagio - one of six migrants seen today (they don’t breed on the headland)
Distant view of a Montagu’s Harrier hunting over the mountain