14,000 birds ringed at Chituc Ringing Camp in 2021

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We ended the eighth consecutive ringing season on the first week of November on Chituc spit. In the 104 days of ringing, we marked 14727 birds of 114 species, among which two new species for the Romanian avifauna: the Siberian Accentor (Prunella montanella) and the Western Bonelli’s Warbler (Phylloscopus bonelli). The other rare species ringed at the camp in 2021 are the Eastern Orphean Warbler (Sylvia crassirostris), observed only for the second time in Romania (the first being photographed on a ship, offshore), the Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla), the Green Warbler (Phylloscopus nitidus), the Pallas’s Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus proregulus) and the Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus).

On the other side of the board are the most abundant species in the 2021 season: the Robin (Erithacus rubecula, 2047 individuals), the Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva, 1447), the Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus, 1184), the Paddyfield Warbler (Acrocephalus agricola, 825), the Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus, 802) and the Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio, 696).

145 volunteers provided the workforce for the ringing activity in 2021, for whose help we are always deeply grateful. The camp was financially and logistically supported by Jenica and Cornel Cotorogea, Lajos Pál, Cătălin Șuba, Denis Stamatescu, and by our association’s own funds. We thank our sponsors, alongside with the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Administration for their excellent collaboration. We are glad that they have been with us in previous years, and we hope that they will be our partners in the future as well.

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