The last two days

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It seems that, with the good weather and fair winds we’ve had the last few days, most African migrants are already gone. Yesterday I searched 24 birds, and today only 16, and the composition of species has shifted. Nine of the 16 birds today were Robins Erithacus rubecula, which are short-distance migrants, while only one was a warbler (Garden Warbler Sylvia borin) and three were Redstarts Phoenicurus phoenicurus, both of which are bound for the tropics.

We also caught a Ruff and a Reeve Philomachus pugnax and two Greater Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula, and all these four shorebirds had lice, which constitute the only lice collected today. Most of the lice from the Ruff and Reeve were Lunaceps holophaeus, and most from the plovers were Quadraceps spp., but I got some Austromenopon from both host species, and possibly an Actornithophilus from the Reeve.

We made another unsuccessful attempt to see the Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala today, but I gave up after half an hour. There were people who had been sitting there for two hours a day for the last week, and still only seen it for a few seconds, and it’s not really worth it for a bird that’s not that good looking anyway.

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