SEEN - SE European Bird Migration Network
Operation Carpatica 1998-2006. Activity report.

Monika Filar1, Karolina Adamska2, Marek Jędra3
Bird Migration Research Station, University of Gdańsk, Przebendowo, 84-210 Choczewo, Poland 1
Akcja Carpatica, ul. Zachodnia 10/70, 30-350 Krakow, Poland 2 1 bioka@univ.gda.pl2 3

Carpatica ringing station is located in Myscowa (49°32'N,21°34'E) in the centre of the Beskid Niski Mountains (SE Poland). This localisation enable studying autumn bird?s migration along the not well-studied south-eastern migration route. The Carpatica research programm at this place has started in 1998. Carpatica station works only in autumn from beginning of August to the end of October. Nets were located each year at the same places. The field station is in the valley of the Wisłoka River. The study area is covered by such vegetation as Salix spp. Prunus spinosa, Pinus silvestris, Corylus avellana, Cornus sanguinea, Malus silvestris, Alnus incana or Euonymus europaea. Birds were ringed and measured according SEEN standard (wing-, tail-length, wing formula, fat determination). Some nocturnal migrants were tested for directional preferences in Busse?s cage. The total number of ringed birds in period 1998-2006 was 33 976 of 94 species. The highest number of birds was ringed in 2001 (5 712). The most numerous species in 1998-2006 were: - Robin (Erithacus rubecula) - 6 376 - Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) - 5 901 - Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) - 3 949 - Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus) - 2 819 - Great Tit (Parus major) - 1 710 - Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) - 1 273 In total, nine recoveries of birds ringed outside Carpatica station was gathered. The number of birds ringed at Carpatica and recovered elsewhere was 15. The total number of ringed individuals in 2006 was 4 109 of 65 species - it?s an average result in comparision to the other seasons. In a year 2006 the most numerous species were: Robin (Erithacus rubecula) ? - 1 099, Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) ? 604 and Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) with total number of caught birds ? 502. In 2006 two new species Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus) and Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) were caught. We ringed also for the second time the Tawny Owl (Strix aluco). In total, nine foreign ringing recoveries were caught at the station. The number of own ringing recoveries were 15.

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