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Title: Ringing report for 1984-85
Authors: Sultana, Joe
Gauci, Charles
Keywords: Birds -- Malta
Bird banding -- Malta
Bird watching -- Malta
Issue Date: 1987
Publisher: Malta Ornithological Society
Citation: Sultana, J., & Gauci, C. (1987). Ringing report for 1984-85. Il-Merill, 24, 39-48.
Abstract: This report covers the two-year period from 1st January 1984 to 31st December 985. During 1984, 8,718 birds of 84 species were ringed. The figure for 1985 was of 12,1 3 belonging to 89 species, bringing the grand total ringed since September 1965 to 15 ,369 birds of 149 species and two hybrids. Only one new species was added to the ringing List during the period under review - a Woodcock mist-netted at Rabat in February 1985. During 1984 the scheme was composed of fourteen ringers, these being J. Attard Montalto, J. Borg, S. Balzan, V. Cilia, D. Cachia, R,. Cachla Zammit, R. Galea, Br, Edmund, C. Gauci, M.V. Gauci, B.K. German, J. Grech, J. Sultana and R. Lesta. The permits of S. Balzan and R, Lesta were withdrawn in 1985 after a Long period of inactivity. No new permits were issued during the two years but in 1985 three trainees were regularly attending ringing sessions. 1984 was a rather poor year. There 'Here few wintering birds in January-March when only 667 were ringed. On the credit side, several interesting species were ringed, including a few vagrants such as Olive-backed Pipit, Marsh Warbler,and Penduline lit, Robins, with 1,593, topped the list of birds ringed, followed by Swallows with 1,001. With 509 ringed, the Fan-tailed Warbler was the sixth most ringed species. 1985 proved to be a much better year. Record monthly totals were obtained in February July and November. There were hardly any hirundines in April but fair numbers were ringed in May, Vagrants ringed included 3 Yellow-browed Warblers and a Semi-collared Flycatcher. Robin totals reached a record figure with 2,765 ringed, Other record totals were those for Dunnock (253), Sardinian Warbler (913) and Blackcap (925). As usual, this report consists of a list of ringing and recovery totals to the end of 1985, a section dealing with recoveries of locally-ringed birds, as well as a section Listing foreign-ringed birds recovered in the Maltese islands.
Appears in Collections:Il-Merill : issue 24 : 1986-87
Il-Merill : issue 24 : 1986-87

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