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Surprising April

This week has been full of good news and surprises.

Let's start with the one that arrived on Thursday the 20th of April directly from Sweden: a chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) ringed in Ponza on the 30th of March 2022 was recaptured at the Grosshamn ringing station, on the west coast of Sweden. The station is very close to the CISCA Association, as the ringer in charge of the Ponza station has often gone to collaborate there.

Recaptures are one of the most interesting data for ringing stations, as they allow to trace the migratory routes of the studied species.

An extraordinary specimen of Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) was captured on Sunday 23 April. A young female, first xtime captured at the Ponza station. In the photos below you can see details of the wing and tail.

Finally, the nightjar season has begun with the first catch on Friday 21 April.

The island in these days of April is in bloom and the mistral wind was not long in coming, since today we were closed due to too much wind.

In a few days we will enter the last month of activity, May, with the typical trans-Saharan species and massive migrations.

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