Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Ringing Road Trip - Vale de Senhora da Povoa

Following the success of the morning in Atenor, we headed to the final site on our road trip, close to the historical town of Sabugal - Vale de Senhora da Povoa. This site was part of Miguel's survey area for the Atlas, located in between the Serra de Estrela and the Spanish border. The site is made up of parcels of agricultural land, mostly olive groves, maize fields and vineyards.

As we had arrived reasonably late in the day, we had to get the nets us up reasonably quickly before dark so four net locations were chosen, three lines of three and one of two. As with the previous days, we weren't using a massive numbers of nets, but with the potential of catching large numbers of birds, we didn't want to be caught short.

Somewhere, an asylum has lost two lunatics!

Second net round: Serins!

The ringing totals were mainly made up of the core species of the previous two sessions, Willow Warbler, Subalpine Warbler and Garden Warbler but with the land use, also came a decent catch of Serin - mainly caught in one line during the second net round. Also of interest was the catch of eleven Reed Warblers, once again, miles away from any reeds or wetland habitat. It was another big total so the ringing was very 'business-like' - to make sure the birds were processed as quickly as possible, while the next lot of birds were on their way back from the nets. The rest of the catch was made up of pretty standard stuff, a single Melodious Warbler being the last bird ringed on the day.

Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)

Adult male Subalpine Warbler (Sylvia cantillans)

And so the ringing road trip was complete......until the next one, now in just over two weeks time. Being a teacher, I will be unable to attend, however, Moxey will be there in my place to send updates!

30 August

Subalpine Warbler - 67
Garden Warbler - 36
Whitethroat - 9
Sardinian Warbler - 10
Blackcap - 3
Willow Warbler - 29
Serin - 35
Wren - 1
Short-toed Treecreeper - 1
Grasshopper Warbler - 2
Reed Warbler - 11
Robin - 4
Pied Flycatcher - 3
Chaffinch - 3
Redstart - 3
Cirl Bunting - 4
Blue Tit - 7
Great Tit - 2
Long-tailed Tit - 3
Blackbird - 8
Melodious Warbler - 1

TOTAL: 242

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