Spring has already arrived and I've seen my first Swallows
), Little Ringed Plovers (Charadrius dubius)
, Short-toed Snake Eagles (Circaetus gallicus)...
and a really early Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra)
, a migrant that usually arrives during the first week of April.
Last weekend almost started on Friday morning, when I trapped this male Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos).
It was an adult (EURING 6).
That afternoon, Joan and Bernat helped me in the last Yellowhammer's (Emberiza citrinella)
ringing afternoon. I didn't expect to catch any bird, but we finally trapped 3! (and there were at least 9 around)
On Saturday morning I did a quick visit to Llobregat Delta, where this male Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
was showing off about his bill, sky-blue 'F=S'.
But the good ringing was on Sunday. I went to l'Aiguamoll de la Sala
in order to try to catch some Reed Buntings (Emberiza schoeniclus)
coming to the roosting. It was a nice surprise when we trapped this handsome Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica)
|2nd-year (EURING 5). Two outermost GCs are retained.|
That afternoon I also trapped a Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola),
some Zitting Cisticolas (Cisticola juncidis)
, Corn Buntings (Emberiza calandra), collybitas, schoeniclus
and other usual stuff.
On Monday morning I came back to that place to catch more 'March-migrants'. I felt really lucky in the first netround when I saw a Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)
hanging in one net in the Llobregat river.
As interesting birds, I also caught a Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)
, two Kingfishers (Alcedo atthis)
, a thirsty Cirl Bunting (Emberiza cirlus)
and a nice male Penduline Tit (Remiz pendulinus)
|'Flappy' Grey Wagtail|
|Adult male Kingfisher|
|2nd-year (EURING 5) female Cirl Bunting|
|Adult (EURING 6) Penduline Tit|
I really want to feel migration soon... Let's see what kind of surprises is this spring keeping for us.
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