Monday, 31 December 2012

Last cannon netting for 2012

On Friday I agreed with guys from the tip that we'll come at 8 to Jakuševec and that they'll see where to put us. It looked great with really big number of gulls and we had a big team coming so i rolled few more rings.. just in case:) I rolled 400 for BHG :) Maybe too much..

We came at 7:45 and there were no sign of workers coming . They came at 8:30 and slowly started removing rubbish from the tip. It was horribly SLOW!! After they moved me from the place I wanted to put net they found much better place for me..We just had to wait for half an hour so that they clean the place.. It turn out to be much more than that and after quick set, we started waiting for gulls at 11:30!!!

All in all it didn't get that bad. In two catches we ringed 124 BHGs, 8 YLGs and 3 Caspians.

Good thing is that we continued our series of 100+ birds ringed :) but i think it's time for (at least one) 300+ day:)

Here are Caspians:

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Europe checked, Africa checked

Yesterday I was really surprised when I got e-mail from Foued Hamza telling me he found one of the BHGs I ringed :) It wouldn't be that fun if it wasn't on other continent:) It was S994 and he found it in Gulf of Gabes in Tunisia!!! The bird was ringed on Jakuševec December 13th 2009 and it is it's first recovery.

I was hoping for some times now that some of the guys who are looking for LBBG in N Africa will find some of my birds and the day has finally come! Now it's time for Asia and America:)

Merry Xmas everybody! 

Monday, 17 December 2012

Jakuševec 2012.2.0

The weekend started great! On Friday I went to check if everything is ok with our arrival on Sunday and check if there are enough gulls on the tip. I was there for hour and a half and managed to read more than 30 rings :) Highliht was Hiddensee BHG. My very first!! Funny thing is that I didn't manage to read the first character on black ring so I couldn't determine the project it belongs to. Luckily I read a part of metal ring so I sent an email to cr-birding group and after less than half an hour I got an answer that it's black XT11 ringed in Saxonia in July 2012. Beside it I read around 20 of mine BHGs, 8 Croatian michahellis, and 4 Polish cach crings and part of one metal. My biggest problem was that compactor driver told us to come at 6 am on Sunday :(

So we came.. Not at 6, but 6:40. It was very dense fog. There was no one on the tip. So we walked around, drink coffee and waited...and waited... and they came at 8...

It was really nice working with them. They are trying everything to help you, except I couldn't agree with guy on compactor what we need from him :( 

First catch was really poor.. around 15 birds.. :( After fast extraction I went ringing with Lori and others were resetting the net for the new catch. Also Kruno and Budimir were putting bread in the middle of catching area to attract more BHGs.. 

I was almost finished with processing birds when the net was ready and gulls started coming so I went to car , checked the circuit and wait..Lots of BHGs started landing in the catching area but i couldn't get the clear window to take a catch... And then finally safe zone was clear and I had a window :).  It was one of the best shots we had ever!!! more than 140 birds!!!! Team played great and we emptied the net very quickly. After that we decided not to take any more catches because of lack of people who could help me ring and lot's of mud around. 

Final score
BHG                   149
Common Gull          2
Caspian                  3
YLG                       9

total                    163

Great day!!! 

Few photos of ringed gulls

S232 ringed on jakuševec 24/01/2010
In mean time was in Italy and Austria:)

662H 1w cach

671H 1w cach

672H 3w mich with pinkish legs..

674H poor 2w cach with really fucked up bill

And at the end , when I came home I got an email from Bill Brooking that he found one of my BHGs in  Cleethorpes, England :) Second ever in UK :)

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Start of new season

Finally the day has come! The start of new cannon netting season! After the rain last week we managed to go.

We arrived few minutes before 7 and went straight to put the net. After Zec and I decided where we'll put the net we heard the sound of some big machine. It was guys with compactor and bulldozers. I didn't know what to do. We use to go on Sunday because it was quiet and no one was working. Well, last few months they started to work on Sunday morning to remove the garbage that came on Saturday afternoon and night.
It sounded very promising, finally working with compactor on Jakuševec:)

It was very foggy so we didn't see the whole tip but agreed with compactor driver where to put the net and where they will put a waste for us.

After setting the net we waited for compactor to come.

First catch was at around 10 and was very quick after compactor left because I saw one 1st winter HG.

But of course it flew awayand we got some 20 YLGs and 1 BHG. While I was ringing with Lorena, Zec and rest of the crew reset the net.

 I wasn't finished with ringing yet and the net was reset and gulls started landing.. We had an adult LBBG at the end of catching area but of course it didn't came closer, it just disappeared .  Second catch was around 40 birds, still most big gulls.. We had one YLG that was ringed on Croatian caost as pullus(Ringed on May 31st 2007 as pullus near island of Krk))

 Again Zec and Toni did the quick reset and I again didn't finished all the ringing before birds started landing. Last catch was much better with big number of small gulls.

All in all 62 BHG and 60 big gulls, mostly YLGs, 1 Caspian and few I'm not sure of the species.

All together it is ok for opening.. Hope it will be better in future :)

Now few of those interesting ones.
656H- 1w strange mich

597H second winter mich

595H 3w mich

596H 1w mich

615H 1w mich

651H 2w cach

That's all for now:) Iwould like to thank Lejla for photos!