In this season, the reedbeds of Orikum (Vlorë) are visited by hundreds of small migratory birds, and as always, their movements and origin arouse the curiosity of the AOS team. Therefore, we decided to dedicate the last weekend of April (25-26) to conducting a bird ringing weekend in Orikum Ornithological Station, a weekend which also served as a training activity for the AOS team members.
Orikum Reedbed at Orikum Ornithological Station
The bird ringing work in Orikum Ornithological Station included the following activities – mist nets checks, taking birds from the nets, bird ringing, measurements and identification of the birds and recording of data.
What were the results of the bird ringing weekend?
The most frequent migratory birds were the Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus), Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus), Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus), Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava) etc. Meanwhile, hundreds of Sand Martins (Riparia riparia) and Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica) circulated in the air searching for flying insects.
The birds that were ringed were rather fat and did not have brood patches, meaning that most of them are still migrating towards their breeding territories. The bird ringing resulted in the recapture of a small bird whose information will be provided in the following days.
Bird ringing weekend in Orikum Ornithological Station is one of many bird ringing activities that will be carried out in the future which will serve us not only for scientific purposes, but also as a tool for the education of the Albanian society and especially for the education of the younger generation to love and protect nature, and birds in particular.