I have been monitoring this stunning site every summer since 2006. The objective of this activity is to study the demography of some desert species, and to study their moult too, especially the little known Striolated Bunting. Ringing sessions there are usually rather small, but always very interesting. It's a tiny spring so I use only one 6 m mist net and catch on average 25 birds per session. It is worth mentioning that this site is deep inside a nature reserve, and any ringing activity there requires a special permit from the NPA. Further, it is forbidden to camp there overnight in order not to disturb nocturnal animals coming in to drink.
This morning we (Yotam, Avner and myself) ringed 22 Striolated Buntings, 7 Desert Larks and one Sinai Rosefinch a cracking pink male. One of the buntings was ringed in summer 2008 - an interesting retrap.
This time of the year adult Striolated Buntings are in active complete post-breeding moult, and most juveniles already completed their partial post-juvenile moult that included tertials and wing coverts.
|Striolated Bunting - male|
|Striolated Bunting - juvenile|