Urban was here


58 birds searched today, including two new species for this trip:
Skylark Alauda arvensis
Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Neither of which gave any lice, and both of which were dead, the former killed by a Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus and the latter by the lighthouse.

I did get lice from a number of hosts today, though:
Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
Greater Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major
Tree Sparrow Passer montanus

The last species is a target species for this trip, and all lice I got today (from three different birds!) were hopefully of the target species (Rostrinirmus ruficeps)!

Also, today, my former supervisor Urban Olsson and his new post-doc Lo Xuo were here to visit. Lo will hopefully learn how to collect lice, and do so while I am in the US, and then bring the techniques back to China and hopefully continue collecting, either on his own or in cooperation with us (maybe I’ll get to go to China in the far future?)


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