Bird ringing station / Vogelberingungsstation St. Martins Lodge

The bird ringing station nearby the St. Martins Spa & Lodge in far eastern Austria was started in May 2015. It was designed as a year-round constant effort site with 96 m of mist nets to monitor bird population dynamics, breeding success of resident songbirds, phenology of migrants and changes in species composition in a thicket within intensive agricultural landscape. Bird ringing is carried out every ten days between May and August and every 20 days from September to April thanks to the generous help of many volunteers. You find some photos and early results below.
Currently, the station can be visited exclusively as part of St. Martins' guided nature tours around the Seewinkel national park on ringing days.

A Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) being ringed.


2016 recap

54 species of birds have been ringed since the first day of ringing (4 May 2015)

 

First captures

Between 1 January and 29 December 2016, 739 birds of 47 species were trapped for the first time.
The ten most common species trapped were: Blackcap (141), Tree Sparrow (127), Robin (69), Chiffchaff (61), Blue Tit (43), Great Tit (30), Garden Warbler (23), Long-tailed Tit (23), Icterine Warbler (19) and Red-backed Shrike (19).

The day with the most captures was 23 October with 89 birds out of 13 species (25 Robin, 20 Long-tailed Tit, 16 Goldcrest) trapped.

 

Recaptures

186 birds were retrapped.
The most common retrapped species were: Great Tit (48), Blackcap (48), Long-tailed Tit (21), Blue Tit (17), Nightingale (9), Chiffchaff (8) and Icterine Warbler (8).

 

Thanks to the many helpers for a great ringing year!

 

2015 recap

First captures

Between 4 May and 29 December 2015, 638 birds of 38 species were trapped for the first time.
The ten most common species trapped were: Blackcap (127), Blue Tit (94), Great Tit (72), Garden Warbler (38), Icterine Warbler (29), Robin (26), Siskin (21), Chiffchaff (20), Nightingale (13) and Long-tailed Tit (13).

The day with the most captures was 18 October with 140 birds out of 14 species (42 Blue Tits, 30 Great Tits, 21 Siskin) trapped.

 

Recaptures

157 birds were trapped at least for a second time.
The most common retrapped species were: Great Tit (59), Blackcap (27), Long-tailed Tit (20), Blue Tit (19), Icterine Warbler (8) and Nightingale (7).

First-year female Great Tit C2L3748 was ringed on 15 June and retrapped six times (21.06., 05.07., 28.10., 18.11., 07.12. & 29.12.).

 

Thanks to the many helpers for a great ringing year!
M. Adrion, F. Bittermann, I. Denk, K. Friedrich, L.-M. Hanghofer, S. Hoffmann, B. Knes, B. Kofler, M. Kriegl, E. Lauber, M. Lessel, I. Maggini, C. Nagl, D. Reutterer, C. Roland, E. Schmelzer, K. Steinbauer, M. Suanjak, B. Wittmann