Monday, January 21, 2013
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Today I got the chance to spend some time in a city parc in Brussels, resulting in the reading of 10 c-ringed Carrion crows. These birds are all ringed somewhere in Brussels (I am waiting for the details), with white or yellow rings with 2 codes. No pictures today (I didn't take my camera since I didn't know how easy it would be te read rings), that's something for the next time there...
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Today I went to see some local scarce birds: a female Eider was a good inland bird (present since yesterday), and 6 Bewick's swans were a good bonus. The last week of 2012, I saw about 200 of these swans in the north of Belgium, where they are a common winter bird. Among them were 3 Whooper swans, of which I put a picture below too.
Yesterday I visited the area of Boulogne-sur-Mer to Calais, in the hope of reading some rings of Mediterranean gulls. It started slwoly, but at the end of the day I ended up with exactly 50 rings, from the following species: Mediterranean gull: 39 (mostly Belgian and French birds, also 1 from Poland and Hungary); Herring gull: 6 (3 Dutch, 2 Belgian, 1 British); Black-headed gull: 3 (1 French, Danish and Polish); Greater black-backed gull: 2 (Norwegian and French). The focus was on reading rings, but I managed to get some pictures too, as can be seen below. Hundreds of large gulls were present at Le Portel, but as always they were very wary and flew off all the time...
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Another short post, this one with some of the (few) rings I read the past months. I hope to be able to read more rings in the coming months, hopefully with some nice pictures. In the meantime, some older pictures: