Thursday 24 June 2010

First recoveries of Yelkouans and Scopoli's with Croatian ring

During last weekend Ivan, Zec, Vedran and I went ringing tubenoses around island of Lastovo.

On the first colony we ringed 25 new Yelkouans, what is a small number compering it with last years more than 50 :(

We think that the rats did a great damage  to colonies this year.

Three Yelkouans had rings from last year and are very first Yelkouans found with croatian ring :) All were ringed at the same place last year as adults.
Last year we estimated this colony to have 60-80 breeding pairs of Yelkouan Shearwater and ringed  42 adult birds. This year we caught 18 adult birds and only 3 had rings from last year.. It will be interesting to see in next years how many of ringed birds will we catch ..

On the other colony we found many holes that were used this year but not a single Yelkouan :(
We only found few Scopoli's but we didn't want to remove bird's from eggs while incubating so we only caught one with ring that just landed on the coast. It's the first ever recovery of Scopoli's Shearwater ringed with Croatian ring :) It was ringed on the same island last year.

Monday 7 June 2010

BHG in Russia

Yesterday I got nice recovery !

One of the BHG we ringed(it's Kreso's ring) on November 26, 2006 on Jakusevec rubbish tip was photographed in Yaroslavl. It didn't have plastic ring, just metal.

We're waiting for the whole ring number (one digit is missing). If I understood right this is crop from photo of gulls . It'most eastern recovery of BHG ringed on Jakusevec :) Distance is ~2083km.

Nice one :) 

Ringing YLG

Finally new post :)

Last week Tea (thanx for photos), Vedran, Zec & I went colour ringing Yellow Legged Gulls at the colonies around Mljet National Park.

In two days we put colour rings on 206 pulli :)
 Best number for years for Mljet.

On our way there we stopped on Neretva delta to check the breeding Kentish Plover. The bird we were watching throughout May was not present any more. I believe that the main reason for this were friking kite-surfers that were surfing around this small islet and resting on it.

Tommorrow I'm going to check one of the BHG breeding colonies and check few places where Whiskered Tern bred last year..