Thursday, 28 July 2011

From the high Shomron

This week I ringed at Mt. Grizim, high Shomron (850 m), this is Mediterranean garrigue with scattered scrub and some olive trees, mainly exposed and windy slopes. Most species inhabiting this extreme habitat are adapted to live in dry and barren landscape.  My captures included a few locals such as Blackbirds, Sardinian Warblers and Linnets, a few migrants such as Lesser Whitethroat. The highlights were an adult Balkan Warbler with nice moult limit in the wing, and juvenile Spectacled Warbler during their active partial post juvenile moult; this was the first for me in the hand.

Spectacled Warbler - juvenile

Balkan Warbler - adult