Saturday, 27 December 2014

End of 2014

Today Niko and I went on JakuĊĦevec to read some rings:)
We ment to catch gulls tommorrow but there will be lts of snow and I really don't have anywhere to dry the sacks and net..
We managed to read more than 70 rings in less than 2 hours:)

Here are photos of some of them:

So we ended December with only 60 gulls ringed:( and year with around 700.. I hope this comming winter will stay for some time and we'll catch more gulls in months to come..Untill then, Merry Xmas and all the best in 2015!

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

First catch after looong time

Last Sunday we finally started new season! The weather conditions were not perfect, but I couldn't wait any more.
The guys on the tip did the great job and gave us nice place on the tip and they were finished with their work just in timefor us to take a catch.
First one was really fast because I couldn't miss firing with LBBG in the catching area :)
It was 4th one ringed in Croatia:)

In the catch there were around 20 more big gulls and here are some of them:

99AH 3cy micha

97AH 1 cy micha

45AH 1cy micha

We quickly reset the net and waited for the second catch. It happened preety fast because I was affraid that if they fly that they will not come back and I didn't want to risk it. So second was around 35 BHGs:)

Not bad for start especially concerning the temperature which was around 10C..
Hope it will be better(lower temp) in weeks to come..

While we were waiting for the catch we managed to read few rings, including my second ever BHG from Germany and one more from Poland:)

And in the end of the post I'll put some nongulls photo:

It is a white stork wearing Italian ring that was ringed as a chick in Malpaga, Zerbolo, Pavia, Italy in 2010. It was seen in Isny, Sudwurttemberg, Tubingen, Germany in June 2014. Cool :) I took this photo in November on Jakusevec.

Update on answering recoveries..
Due to my finnishg phd I have neglected answering recoveries for few months. One time I had more than 600 unanswered emails ..At the moment I still have around 150 emails to answer, so please have some more patience. I hope that from the beggining of next year my project will be online and you can enter recovery data and get lifehistory allmost instantly. Once again I would like to thank all the ring readers because without them all of this work would make much less sence!

Wednesday, 19 February 2014


I was really thinking weather to go or not and in the end we did go. It was +17C so I wasn't really optimistic. Gulls first landed around 9 and I couldn't get a clear window and they flew away 20 minutes later.. I thought it was over! And then around 11 30 they landed again and after dozen of landing and flying in the air I finally made a catch.

Caspian from GoPro screenshot..

It wasn't so bad.. around 60 birds and more than half big ones:) It started to be more exciting when I discovered adult argentatus between them:) and it had Finnish ring:) Fuck yeah! 

And here are few interesting birds:)

60CH 1w mich

58CH 1w arg

62CH 1w cach - we had lots of talk about this bird and in the end it could only be cach... I don't know if you can see but it is HUGEEE.

61CH 3w mich 

64CH at first it recalled cach but our conclusion is female 1w mich..

YLG, HG and CG adults:)

67CH 4w mich.. funny to have full ad wing with that head and especially bill.. 

66CH 1w mich.. first I saw pale window and that whitish eye I thoght of arg , but I think it is mich.. Tail and bill and facial mask go more in mich variation.. 

70CH 2w mich

72CH 2w mich with some features recalling cach

80CH 2w mich.. this bird was strange. it has secondaries growing at 2/3 of final lenght(not as in seems in photo, it is a bit twisted in photo)

82ch 1w mich (or maybe cach)

and in the end 2 youtube clips done by Mladen. Hi finally did it!!
You should watch it in HD 1080.