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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

More birds of Andalusia

Birds that are caught in the mist nets are secured in clean linen bags and returned to the ringing station. The Director José Luis takes a bag for processing. What could it be?

Iberian Chiffchaff - the target species for study. This species is very closely related to the Common Chiffchaff (in fact, taxonomists have only recently "split" them) but appears brighter and greener, and the measurements are a little different

Iberian Chiffchaff (front) and Common Chiffchaff. The Iberian has a greener tail, but you need good light to see it properly!

Male Blackcap (compare with the female in the post below)

Cetti's Warbler which has only 10 feathers in the tail (most species have 12)

Female Subalpine Warbler

A handsome male Sardinian Warbler with his red iris

Excitement as a beautiful Azure-winged Magpie is caught going to roost. It's quite a handful!

The eponymous Azure-winged Magpie showing the azure wings and tail

There are still more pictures to come!


Blogger simon said...

keep bring on the photos Jim, they are very informative. I dind the colour distinct in the two birds. Its a bit like a thornbills here ( in colour).. once you know you can tell thenm apart.

12:28 am  
Blogger donsands said...

"has a greener tail"

Beautiful colors. Green is my favorite color as well.

Thanks for posting these.

1:59 am  
Blogger Charles Gramlich said...

Such beautiful jewels. They're incredible.

4:11 am  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...

Will wonders ever cease.

I don't think I've ever seen any of these, at least not that I'm aware of. Fascinating.


2:46 am  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...

Wish we could hear them sing! I'm looking forward to hearing birds again already! (Though we do see them throughout the winter, fascinating how some stay, a woodpecker on our feeder today)

2:49 am  

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