SEEN - SE European Bird Migration Network
Activities at the Drienovec Bird Ringing Station in Slovakia
Milan Oleksak1, Monika Galffyova2, Miro Fulin3, Peter Pjencak4, Stefan Matis1 and Peter Krisovsky3
1 Slovak Karst National Park, Biely Kastiel 188, 049 51 Brzotin, Slovakia
2 Gemer-Malonont Museum, Nam, M.Tompu 24, 979 01 Rimavska Sobota, Slovakia
3 East Slovakian Museum, Hviezdoslavova 3, 041 36 Kosice, Slovakia
4 Homeland Museum Hanusovce nad Toplou, Zamocka 160/5, 094 31 Hanusovce nad Toplou, Slovakia

The Drienovec bird ringing station is located near the village Drienovec in South-eastern Slovakia on the border of the Slovak Karst National Park and the Kosicka Basin. The study area is covered by oak forest, xerotermic shrub vegetation, reedbeds and willow shrubs. Bird ringing on this locality started in 1998. From the year 2006 we ring birds 12 weeks in autumn - from the middle of August to the end of October. Since 2008 the station works also 5 weeks during the springtime - from the end of March to the end of April. The total length of nets is 414 m. Since 2006 we also ring birds in the breeding season according to the CES methodology.

Since 1998, altogether 76 058 birds of 113 species were ringed here. The most commonly ringed species are Sylvia atricapilla (14 627 individuals ringed), Erithacus rubecula (14 367) and Phylloscopus collybita (5 742). By now, 47 birds ringed at this locality were controlled in 10 countries and 24 birds ringed in 7 countries were recovered at the station.

On average 9 599 birds are ringed in autumn (2006 – 2009) and 2 661 in spring (2008 – 2009).

The most numerous species ringed in autumn are Sylvia atricapilla (1 791 in 2008, 1 777 in 2009), Erithacus rubecula (1 530 in 2008, 1 755 in 2009), Phylloscopus collybita (796 in 2008, 934 in 2009), Cyanistes caeruleus (913 in 2008, 563 in 2009) and Turdus merula (334 in 2008, 390 in 2009). Some of the rare species ringed in autumn are Strix aluco, Circus cyaneus, Emberiza cia, Regulus ignicapillus, Streptopelia turtur, Sylvia nisoria, Accipiter gentilis, Crex crex, Porzana porzana and Coturnix coturnix. In 2008 we ringed 10 751 birds of 86 species and in 2009 – 10 174 individuals of 90 species.

The most numerous species ringed in spring are Erithacus rubecula (856 in 2008, 403 in 2009), Sylvia atricapilla (510 in 2008, 397 in 2009), Fringilla coelebs (540 in 2008, 158 in 2009), Phylloscopus collybita (344 in 2008, 97 in 2009) and Prunella modularis (212 in 2008, 76 in 2009). Some of the rare species ringed in spring are Luscinia luscinia, Luscinia svecica, Ficedula albicollis and Motacilla flava. In 2008 we ringed 3 471 birds of 62 species and in 2009 – 1 850 of 53 species.
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