Monday, 19 March 2012

Sunday, 18th March 2012

Calblanque, Los Belones (ringing)
Weather: Sky clear, no wind; temp. 8 - 18ºC.  07:45 – 13:45.

I went back to the ringing site (the others had camped overnight, but I went home as I live nearby).  The first net round had been done, but there were very few birds, and over the whole morning only 10 birds were caught and ringed.  While there we did have a Sparrowhawk go over, and a group of swifts with at least 4 Alpines and 3 others (either Common or Pallid, but too distant to be sure). We were also serenaded by the song of a Thekla Lark overhead.

After the nets had been put away, I went over to have a look at the Salinas, but apart from the usual Audouin’s Gull (128 of them), the only other bird I saw was a Green Woodpecker.

Species seen
Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)
Alpine Swift (Apus melba)
Common/Pallid Swift (Apus apus/Apus pallidus)
Thekla Lark (Galerida theklae)
Robin (Erithacus rubecula) - ringed
Blackbird (Turdus merula) - ringed
Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris) - ringed
Serin (Serinus serinus)
Blackcap (Sylvia atricapella) - ringed
Audouin’s Gull (Larus audouinii)
Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis)
Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala) - ringed

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