Milvus Group Association organized in 2014-2016 an annual ringing camp for studying the migration dynamics of passerine species that cross through the Chituc sandbank. In the first three years of the camp, 37193 individuals of 127 species were caught, the most abundant species being: Red-Breasted Flycatcher (4442 individuals), Robin (3729 individuals), Blue Tit (3013 individuals), Red-backed Shrike (2477 individuals) and Willow Warbler (2371 individuals).
In the three years, the ringing camp had two national and six international recaptures, and three individuals bearing foreign rings were resighted. The ringing camp contributed with two new additions to the avifaunistic list of Romania, namely the Green Warbler (Phylloscopus nitidus) and the Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica). Also, several species with fewer than ten national observations were caught: Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus), Pallas’s Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus proregulus), Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus) and Greenish Warbler (Phylloscopus trochiloides).
We will continue the ringing this year and we need the help of enthusiastic ringers and volunteers, once again.
The camp will begin on the 29th of July and will end after 15 weeks of intensive ringing. Those wishing to volunteer in the camp are asked to contact our colleague, Attila Marton at firstname.lastname@example.org. The number of participants is limited.
The Chituc Ringing Camp Report for 2014-2016 can be downloaded here (text in Romanian, but abstract and image captions in English). We also recommend you to visit the camp’s Facebook page here.