Sunday, 5 February 2017

Cyprus - 30th January 2017

We ringed at three separate sites today. We started off in a regular site rarely used due to the area having become so dry. We only had 13 birds but two were Penduline Tits. There were at least another two birds that evaded capture. It was clear that the reeds were used by Chiffchaffs as a roost site but were not used by a lot of birds during the day so we moved on at around 10.30am.

 Penduline Tit - 6F

Penduline Tit - 5F

Totals - 12 (1)

Robin - 1
Song Thrush - 1
Sardinian Warbler - 0 (1)
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Blackcap - 1
Chiffchaff - 4
Penduline Tit - 2
Chaffinch - 2

The next stop was a track next to Paphos Sewage works. We only put three nets up but they worked very well over the two hours that nets were up. 

5M Kestrel

4M House Sparrow

Totals: 51 (2)

Kestrel - 1
Robin - 5
Cetti's Warbler - 1 (1)
Sardinian Warbler - 7 (1)
Blackcap - 8
Chiffchaff - 25
Great Tit - 1
Goldfinch - 2
House Sparrow - 1

Ended the day at the Xeros Potamos old lower pools site as the wind was low and there were a few places to set nets amongst the vegetation. We started off with two nets but erected a double panel in an area where a Bluethroat was seen. We did alright with a mix of species including Woodlark and Serin as well as the expected Chiffchaff and Blackcap. It turned out that there were actually two Bluethroats.

 5M Bluethroat

6M Bluethroat

These were of the white spotted form, as have been all other Bluethroats seen or captured by us in Cyprus.

Totals: 10

Woodlark - 1
Bluethroat - 2
Blackcap - 4
Chiffchaff - 1
Chaffinch - 1
Serin - 1