Saturday, November 09, 2013

Notice PVC rings: We made history! Wader-wise...

 The IBRCE is team is proud to be part of a new recovery- the first recovery of Waders in the country (when not at the original ringing location). In this autumn, Yosef Kiat and a group of ringers gathered together for ringing Waders in northern Israel, using PVC - colour rings with identification codes. Few hundreds of waders were ringed during September-October including Plovers, Sandpipers and Stints. 

Today, 05/11/2013, we located the first recovery from these ringed waders- A juvenile Dunlin Calidris alpina חופית אלפינית with green rings at the salt ponds of K20, near Eilat. This specific bird was ringed at Maayan Tzvi, in fishponds by the Mediterranean sea shore, 6/10/2013. We still can't tell for certain but perhaps it will winter in our region like many other waders do. Lets hope A64 will fly to a country where it will be seen and reported (open your eyes wherever you are!)

The "celeb", A64, serious crop:
Dunlin Calidris alpina  A64 חופית אלפינית
By Jan Visser
צולם על ידי יאן ויסר

328KM approximately
In the last decades ringing of Waders was done at the IBRCE and so we had lots of ringed birds coming and re-trapped for a couple of years. Some were only passing through and some are wintering in the salt-ponds at the IBRCE. Despite all the effort, none of those birds was ever seen in other parts of the country. Maybe we should also focus on using the PVC colour rings? It might bring us some interesting results…

Besides the special event mentioned above, at the ringing station, things are as usual- lots of birds are ringed daily (up to 120 regularly, some higher peaks). Nowadays we enjoy many winter species-
Chiffchaffs Phylloscopus collybita עלווית חורף,
Robins Erithacus rubecula אדום חזה,
First Song Thrush Turdus philomelos קיכלי רונן.

In addition, some species are still showing nice migration-
Bluethroats Luscinia svecica כחול חזה
Blakcaps Sylvia atricapilla סבכי שחור כיפה
Common Redstarts Phoenicurus phoenicurus חכלילית עצים
Tree Pipits Anthus trivialis פיפיון עצים

We wish to continue with such projects, which bring us new data and expand our knowledge about the migration and behavior of these special species.

With expectation for lots of new findings,
Yael Lehnardt,
Ringer & Guide, International Birding & Research Center Eilat (IBRCE)