Saturday, 10 September 2011

Tzor'a ringing

I spend last Thursday and Friday conducting pretty massive ringing in Tzor'a region. This activity produced a total of 230 birds. Most birds caught were Reed Warblers (62) and Willow Warblers (45). One of the Willow Warblers was a retrap from previous autumn, my first retrap after about 2500 Willow Warblers ringed in Tzor'a Valley.
Some new species for this season included Spotted Crake, House and Sand Martins, Garden Warbler, Red-backed Shrike, Ortolan and Cretzschmar's Buntings, and 2 Marsh Warblers.
I have set low nets in the flooded reservoir bank, and they are very productive for Sedge, Reed, Savi's and Willow Warblers. The Spotted Crake was also a nice reward for the effort and sweating boots in this muddy habitat.

Cretzschmar's Bunting

Ortolan Bunting

Spotted Crake

Red-backed Shrike