Monday, 6 January 2014

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’s  ringing 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 click here.

Other birds ringed included Yellow & Village Weaver, Rufous-winged Cisticola, African Firefinch, Fan-tailed Widow and a Burchell’s Coucal.

Burchell's Coucal
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.

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