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Outing report- Bird ringing 5th January 2014 Umzumbe Floodplain
Photos Andy Ruffle
Attendees: Liz Blomeyer, Sandy Olver,Herbie
& Jeanette Osborne Andy Ruffle, Ron Whitham.
Summer migrants, European Sedge
Warbler and (European) Marsh Warbler, were on the menu at this morning’sringing session on Umzumbe floodplain. Great
Reed-Warbler and African Reed- Warbler were also netted. We are very fortunate to see these LBJ’s up
close and to be able to positively identify them during these ringing sessions.
Marsh Warbler can only be distinguished from (Eurasian) Reed-Warbler by using a
calculation based on certain measurements of the bird. In the field, in South
Africa, it is impossible to separate them as they do not call.
European Sedge Warbler
(European) Marsh Warbler
For the previous post with pictures
showing the difference between long distance migrant and resident/inter African warblers
Other birds ringed included Yellow
& Village Weaver, Rufous-winged Cisticola, African Firefinch, Fan-tailed
Widow and a Burchell’s Coucal.
Although not netted and ringed, a
special highlight for Anrew P was flushing a Harlequin Quail on the track during
his drive back home. The last time we recorded this bird was on 1st Feb 2012
whilst ringing Barn Swallows on the floodplain. Click here to see the photo.
Don’t forget we have regular monthly
ringing sessions and they really shouldn’t be missed.