Some of the birds so far

Allmänt / 2015-01-15 / 11:46:09
Since it's still winter the birds haven't started breeding yet, only very few pairs have started to build their nests. So what we do in the meantime is try to catch as many of the tits as possible and give them a unique combination of colored plastic rings. By doing this we can identify each bird from a distance when they finally start breeding in a month or two. We spend quite a lot of time walking around trying to find the tits, and when we do we put up mist nets in the area and play up the calls of the two species. 
All other species that are caught in the net are simply let go immediately, though I try to take photos of them first. 
Here's a selection:

Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler (Pomatorhinus ruficollis)

Yellow-bellied Tit (Periparus venustulus), I believe this is a female, but I don't know how a young bird would look at this time of year.

Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata)

Red-flanked Bluetail (Luscinia cyanura), this is also either a female or a young bird, it is possible to tell from looking at the feathers but when I caught this one I didn't have time to do so. All the ones caught since have been young birds and I have yet to see an adult male bird which is beautifully blue, I hope I will before I go home. I have seen this bird once in Sweden and I was euforic afterwards, it's a bit weird to find it in every other bush here.

Brown-flanked Bush Warbler (Cettia fortipes)

Vinous-throated Parrotbill (Paradoxornis webbianus), this little bird quickly became one of my favorites here. They move around in flocks of 30-40 birds, foraging together. They are not very shy and sometimes a flock flies over the path right in front of you. At first there's just one bird, then tree, then five and suddenly the rest of the flock comes all in one go. It looks quite amazing.  What's not amazing is when the whole flock flies straight into the net, which happened this afternoon. Their temperament when picking them out of net is similar to that of the Blue Tit back home, in other words horrible, and they have the same talent of getting badly tangled.

It might look sweet but my bleeding fingers say otherwise...

Last night we drove to the village (we have two mopeds) and we overtook a very slow moving car. It turned out that this car was driving behind marching militaries, hundreds and hundreds of them! I got a bit nervous before realizing that they were new recruits doing some sort of training exercise. The line of men went on for over a kilometer!
In town we found a place where we can take a hot shower for only 10 yens each, definitely worth it! 

2015-01-15 / 18:37:03

Men hur söt är inte den där gulmagade mesen då <3 <3
Roligt att få se lite av fåglarna du fångar in. Ta hand om dig. Kramar från Sofie

2015-01-17 / 14:51:16

Jätte roligt att följa dina upplevelser Josefina. Fina bilder på fåglarna. Sköt om dig o ha det så bra

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