The fourth year of ringing on Chituc Spit ended with 10547 marked birds. After 91 days of ringing, we caught 87 species, five of which were new additions to the camps list: Gadwall (Anas strepera), Collared pratincole (Glareola pratincola), Gray-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus), Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor) and Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus). The last one was a new species for the Romanina faunistics list, and we wrote a more detailed account about it here.
The first foreign recapture of the birds ringed in 2017 was a Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos), which was found dead in the courtyard of a church in Italy, on the 26th of October, 1006 km-s from the ringing site. The bird was ringed on the 3rd of October 2017.
68% of the birds ringed in 2017 is composed by the ten most abundant species of the year: Robin (Erithacus rubecula), Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva), Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio), Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita), Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus), Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos), Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus), Eurasian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus), Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca) and Coal Tit (Periparus ater). Thus, the total of ringed birds on the Chituc Spit between 2014 and 2017 is 47740. Furthermore, if we add the results of the 1996-1997 ringing camp, the number of marked birds reaches a staggering 57080!