Two years ago, in 2011, I found a Yellowhammer's (Emberiza citrinella) roosting in a reedbed, in the middle of a big agricultural area. Yesterday I decided to prepare a small ringing station in order to ring some birds coming into the roosting. Joan Manubens and Bernat Ferrer (who took all photos you'll see below) helped me.
Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella). The main objective.
Corn Bunting (Emberiza calandra).
The first ringing session was so good: 5 citrinellas were trapped. Also some Corn Buntings (Emberiza calandra), a Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) and a Robin (Erithacus rubecula). The day's surprise were 4 Penduline Tits (Remiz pendulinus), one of them... from France!!
French Penduline Tit, 1w male.
Nowadays, Reed Buntings are getting the summer plumage and are starting to sing short pieces of its song. These February days I'll do some roosting ringing sessions, let's see how many Emberizidae are caught!