SEEN - SE European Bird Migration Network
Preliminary results of bird ringing on the Courish Spit in 2005 by the Biological Station Rybachy

Nadezhda Zelenova

Biological Station Rybachy, Russia

During 2005, 56 354 birds of 112 species were ringed on the Courish Spit. The most numerous of them were Goldcrest (Regulus regulus), Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs), Great Tit (Parus major), Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus), Robin (Erithacus rubecula), Siskin (Carduelis spinus), Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus), Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus), and Starling (Sturnus vulgaris). The year was pretty successful for many species, totals for 2005 of 68 species were higher than their averages for 1956–2004. Rather intensive eruption of Long-tailed Tits, Penduline Tits (Remiz pendulinus), Crossbills (Loxia curvirostra) and some other species was detected and also Sand Martins (Riparia riparia) and Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica) occurred in high numbers. 1774 birds of 57 species were trapped more than once during the year and they produced 2741 retraps. Another 470 birds, trapped with our rings in 2005, were ringed on the Courish Spit during previous years. 220 birds of 21 species were trapped with foreign rings of 15 different schemes in 2005 and until now 98 recoveries of our birds were reported from 11 countries. Quite a lot of interesting and uncommon species among our ringing data were trapped this season, for example, 1 Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola), 1 Radde’s Warbler (Phylloscopus schwarzi), 1 Stonechat (Saxicola torquata), 1 Black Woodpecker (Drycopus martius), 2 Collared Flycatchers (Ficedula albicollis), 1 Hobby (Falco subbuteo), 1 Two-barred Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera), 2 Short-toed Treecreepers (Certhia brachydactyla), 3 Hen Harriers (Circus cyaneus), 5 Middle Spotted Woodpeckers (Dendrocopos medius), 6 Yellow-browed Warblers (Phylloscopus inornatus) etc. The most interesting record is a Red-tailed Wheatear (Oenanthe xanthoprymna), ringed in the Fringilla station: it is a new species for the region.

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