15 Jul 2015

Ringing at Either Mangroves

Saudi Aramco Environmental Protection Department and I went to an area north of Jizan to ring birds in late June 2015. We first tried Either Mangroves an area approximately 40 kilometres north of Jizan. We got to the site two hours before first light and set five nets in the hope of catching and ringing three key species. These were Mangrove White-eye sp, Mangrove Warbler and Clamorous Reed Warbler. We wanted to get blood samples to try to identify accurately the species/subspecies of the two warblers and try to close out the mystery surrounding the White-eye as to whether it is a new species or a currently know species in a new habitat of mangroves. We ringed at the location for two days starting before first light and finishing around midday when it became too hot and windy to continue ringing. We caught 37 birds in total including four African Collared Doves, 28 Mangrove Reed Warblers, four Clamourous Reed Warblers and one Mangrove White-eye sp. Many of the birds were extremely worn due to the time of year and harsh conditions they live in here in Saudi Arabia. The area we trapped in was about 500 metres by 50 metres showing the high population density of Mangrove Reed Warblers at the site. We caught adult and juvenile birds showing breeding had successfully taken place here in 2015. Blood samples were taken for DNA analysis of Mangrove Reed Warbler, Clamourous Reed Warbler and Mangrove White-eye sp so hopefully over time we will be able to classify the birds correctly to species / subspecies.
African Collared Dove
African Collared Dove
African Collared Dove
African Collared Dove
African Collared Dove
African Collared Dove
Clamorous Reed Warbler
Clamorous Reed Warbler
Clamorous Reed Warbler
Clamorous Reed Warbler
Mangrove Reed Warbler
Mangrove Reed Warbler

2 comments:

  1. Very cool! Looking forward to hearing about the results.

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    1. Will post any results as they become available. The samples will hopefuly give some interesting information.

      Jem

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