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Results of 2004-2005 ringing studies at Akyatan station, Turkey

Özgür Keşapl? Didrickson, Jno Didrickson, Özge Keşapl? Can

Turkish Bird Research Society, Ankara, Turkey

Akyatan station (36°36.009’N 35°16.575’E) is named after the biggest lagoon of Çukurova Delta where it is located at (S Turkey). Between the lagoon and the sea there lies an extensive area of dunes covered by a manmade forest formed mainly by Acacia, Eucalyptus and Pinus.
Ringing studies at Akyatan station started with a pilot study in spring 2003. The station was active at each migration period in years 2003 and 2004. However in 2005 only spring study could be done due to finance problems. So far more than 6000 birds of 88 species have been ringed.
Spring 2004 study was conducted from 20th March to 29th April and 2066 birds of 75 species were ringed.The most numerous three species were Sylvia atricapilla (664), Phylloscopus collybita (328 ) and S. curruca (151).
Autumn 2004 study was conducted from 6th September to 1st October and 1776 birds of 47 species were ringed. The most numerous three species were S. borin (472), S. atricapilla (327), and S. curruca (109).
Spring 2005 study was conducted from 7th March to 25th April and 1266 birds of 61 species were ringed. The most numerous three species were S. atricapilla (420), P. collybita (239) and S. curruca (133). An earlier start of spring study enabled the observation of S. rueppelli migration and yielded the 5th record of S. melanothorax in Turkey. Also Prinia gracilis, Monticola saxatilis were ringed for the first time in Akyatan.
In the years 2004–2005, several species that are rare passage migrants were also caught including Hippolais icterina and Crex crex. And high numbers for species like Lanius nubicus and Alcedo atthis points to the importance of Akyatan for bird migration.
Many species of waders were also observed by the coast of the lagoon especially during spring migration. A couple of walk-in traps were used experimentally along with a thrush net by the coast, resulting in total of 16 waders caught of four species; Charadrius alexandrinus, Calidris minuta, Philomachus pugnax and C. alpina.
In spring 2004, a Lanius collurio ringed in Akyatan in autumn 2003 was recovered 6796 km away, in South Africa, while an A. atthis was controlled in Hatay only 2 days after it was ringed. A S. borin ringed in autumn 2004 was recovered in Syria only a couple months later.

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