Sunday, 29 November 2009

How to colourring Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)

The way to cr-ring Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris) is quite easy. At first you need some tools (see the picture below):
- pliers to metal rings
- pliers to cr-ring (twist and thin at the end)
- stick fast glue

Tools which you need to cr-ring Greenfinches

now, see the movie..

1. Put a metal ring
2. Put a cr-ring and stick it
3. Wait a while


Thursday, 26 November 2009

"The Feeder Project 2009/2010" - winter bird ringing

Last weekend we started "The Feeder Project 2009/2010" in Poland. Like every year we will be ringing birds near our feeders. The project has 30 participants who are catching in 24 places (the same time) in whole Poland (see the map). We ring birds, measure them, weigh and check the fat. The present results you can find here(ringed 468,recap 145, 17 species). Already we have 2 interesting controls: belgian Great Tit (Parus major) and lithuanian Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris).

Terms that we will be catching:




I will be report results after each date.

Photos from last seasons you can find here

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Finnish visitor

Recently Agnieszka Labudda read the Herring gull (Larus argentatus) on the Sopot beach. The bird was ringed in Finland, but actually don't know where exactly.

fot. Agnieszka Labudda - yellow C29AK

Monday, 23 November 2009

Too warm to catching coots

There is presently quite warm in Poland. More than 10°C in november it's pretty much for polish conditions. Last weekend Łukasz tried to catch coots at Nowogardzkie lake. It's great place to catch them. We always ring there at least 3/day using bread & hands or fishing line. Unlucky this time coots weren't hungry. Birds were swimming on the middle of the lake instead near coast. Łukasz hardly caught just 1. Hope soon will be a little bit colder :)

fot. Łukasz Borek - birds on Nowogardzkie lake

fot. Łukasz Borek - the coot with neckband C10 produced by Interrex

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Gulls on the Miedwie Lake

Today on the roosting place at Miedwie Lake still croatian Black-headed gull (Larus ridibundus) white S740 and 2 from the polish project: T16N, T59N. Also observed some hering gulls and BHG with metal ring, but was to dark to read them.

fot. Marcin Sowa - white T59N (polish project)

fot. Marcin Sowa - sunset on the Miedwie Lake

Friday, 20 November 2009

Traped Brant Goose (Branta bernicla)

Today Zbyszek Kajzer traped the Brant Goose (Branta bernicla) in Dziwnow. It's fantastic news! because we ring just 0-4 each year in Poland. As you can see the bird was tame so easy to trap.

fot. Zbyszek Kajzer

Old familiar friend

Recently Piotrek Zientek observed a old familiar friend Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) with the black cr-ring C.MK4 in Niechorze (zachodniopomorskie) (was ringed in Finland). The gull was in Niechorze also year ago, as you can see at pictures.

fot. Piotr Zientek - 01.X.2008 sub. ad. Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)

fot. Piotr Zientek - 26.XI.2008 sub. ad. Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)

fot. Piotr Zientek - 18.XI.2009 ad. Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Redpolls catching

On the 9th XI 2009 Michal Korneliuk and Piotrek Zientek were ringing Redpolls in Chojty (Pomorskie). They were using calls to bait birds and were unaware of Arctic Redpoll (Carduelis hornemanni) on the net.

fot. Piotr Zientek

Also they ringed very atypical Redpoll ?! (see photos below).

fot. Piotr Zientek

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

More ringers in the Greenfinch CR-project

The Greenfinch CR-project is increasing. At the moment we are ringing birds in several locations (green points on the map).

fot. Marcin Sowa

Foreign Great tit (Parus major)

Autumn and winter is the best time to catch birds at feeder. Yesterday Łukasz Borek caught the Great tit (Parus major) with belgian metal ring 51V26850 BRUSSELS in Stargard Szczecinski. It's not the first belgian tit in Stargard, on spring 2009 we had also one with code 50V91308 BRUSSELS.

fot. Łukasz Borek - 51V26850 BRUSSELS

Two days earlier I also caught a foreign Great tit with polish ring near my feeder in Stargard. Probably was ringed by AB ringing station in Kopan (distance 150 km).

fot. Marcin Sowa

fot. Marcin Sowa

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Coots banding

Last time we ringed some coots, this time in Szczecin. One in Kacprowicza park (only malards were there...just one coot on the lake) and the other on Kanał Zielony (Green canal).

fot. Marcin Sowa

fot. Marcin Sowa

Also our project has the first foreign recovery. The coot with white neckband E17 ringed in Chodziez was observed after week in Berlin (Tegeler lake).

See E17

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

First Greenfinch CR-project in Poland

We have started with a new CR project on Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris) in Poland. Birds are being ringed with white colour rings (all combination of 3 letter and alphanumeric code). We are going to ring migrants and wintering birds in a few localities in Poland. This autumn/winter season will be ringed about 10-15 thousand of Greenfinches. If you want to cooperate, please read the instruction and write the project leader, Marcin Faber.

fot. Marcin Sowa

fot. Marcin Sowa

fot. Marcin Sowa

Monday, 9 November 2009

3 Croatian Black-headed gulls on the Miedwie lake!

Miedwie lake is the one of the best places in zachodniopomorskie to watch the roosting gulls. Durning last 2 weekes were observed here 3 Croatian BHG. The white S552, which was at Miedwie also in 10 VII 2008 and S740, S866. A fortune..?!

Actually we know the life history of the S552. Was ringed as an adult in Split on April 2007 and flew 1115 km to the Miedwie lake.

fot. Zbyszek Kajzer

fot. Zbyszek Kajzer

The S552 path.

Pokaż Croatian Black-headed gull (Larus ridibundus) na większej mapie

Sunday, 8 November 2009

The 06CK Mute swan (Cygnus olor) return

The Mute swan (Cygnus olor) from the movie was observed yesterday in the Miedwie lake, PL where was ringed as the pull in 2002. In the meantime the swan was in Germany and Denmark...& now back to the birthplace. We wonder how long he stays.

fot. Marcin Sowa
fot. Marcin Sowa

Friday, 6 November 2009

First long-distance coot movement

We have first ever long-distance movement of colour banded coot. Today one with the white neckband E11 was observed in Dychow, lubuskie 170 km from the ringing place. The bird was ringed in Chodziez, 21 days earlier.

fot. Paweł Czechowski

Pokaż E11 na większej mapie

Thursday, 5 November 2009

The Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) caught in Swinoujscie

Last time on Swinoujscie beach was caught a 1cy Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus). It got metal and colour rings. Maybe for foreign ringers is nothing special but in Poland we ring LBBGs rare. In 2008 were ringed just 3 birds, in 2007 none. We look forward to hearing from spanish ringreaders about this gull :)

See raports of polish ringed birds:
- 2008
- 2007 

fot. Marcin Sowa

fot. Marcin Sowa

fot. Marcin Sowa

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

The Coot (Fulica atra) polish project!

First polish colour-ringed coots flew away on holidays 2009. The neckbands that we are using are white with black digits (exact information about project you can find here). At the moment have more than 50 ringed birds and going to catch several hundred durning winter. Coots are being colour-ringed (present) in 4 parts of Poland: zachodniopomorskie, wielkopolskie, lodzkie and slask.

fot. Marcin Sowa

fot. Marcin Sowa

fot. Marcin Sowa

fot. Marcin Sowa

Monday, 2 November 2009

The Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) on the polish seaside

Last time on Swinoujscie beach i was obserwed a tame, juv Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis). The bird was walking among people and feared nothing. So after a while was mine :) Hope that she will fly further to the south.

fot. Marcin Sowa

fot. Marcin Sowa

fot. Marcin Sowa

fot. Marcin Sowa

fot. Marcin Sowa