Sunday, 28 August 2011

Reed Warbler from Hungary

Last Friday (26/08) I ringed at Tzor'a reservoir. Massive and earlier than usual passage produced a very nice catch of 88 birds from 20 species. To top this, two controls made this a really great ringing session. First control was a Kingfisher that had been ringed on 15/08 in Nativ Ha'Lamed Hei; 10 km SE by Ron Haran. The second was a first calendar year Reed Warbler with BUDAPEST new and shiny ring.
38 Reed Warblers were ringed - exceptionally earlier and unusual passage; during the last four years (2007-10) I ringed only 5-14 Reed Warblers on this day. Other interesting birds ringed were: 1 Turtle Dove, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 1 Barn Swallow, 3 Great-reed Warblers, 7 Savi's Warblers, 5 Sedge Warbler and 1 Marsh Warbler.

Yellow Wagtail - adult male, feldegg 

Yellow Wagtail - juvenile female


The Barn Swallow was a juvenile of the local population and was in active primary moult - complete or suspended moult. The first year birds of this population perform their post-juvenile moult immediately after they fledge, unlike the European populations that perform this moult later, on African wintering grounds.

Turtle Dove

Sedge Warbler