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34 birds searched today, with 9 having lice!

Greater Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticulaQuadraceps spp.
Dunlin Calidris alpinaLunaceps schismatus and prob. Austromenopon sp.
2 Starlings Sturnus vulgarisSturnidoecus sturni and Brueelia nebulosa
3 Tree Sparrows Passer montanus – either Philopterus or Sturnidoecus (= Rostrinirmus)
2 House Sparrows Passer domesticus – same as Tree Sparrow.

This, together with a Holomenopon/Trinoton nymph I got from a Pintail Anas acuta yesterday means that I have finally filled a whole box of samples (= 100 vials)! This, of course, includes some vials with only ticks, mites, or flies. Let’s sum up what has been searched so far on this trip (1):

Birds with lice (# searched / # with lice):
Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus – 7 / 2
Pintail Anas acuta – 2 / 2
Teal Anas crecca – 1 / 1
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos – 1 / 1
Garganey Anas querquedula – 1 / 1
Gadwall Anas strepera – 1 / 1
Turnstone Arenaria interpres – 1 / 1
Dunlin Calidris alpina – 1 / 1
Red Knot Calidris canutus – 1 / 1
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea – 1 / 1
Little Stint Calidris minuta – 1 / 1
Greater Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula – 6 / 4
Cuckoo Cuculus canorus – 3 / 1
House Martin Delichon urbicum – 2 / 1
Greater Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major – 6 / 4
Robin Erithacus rubecula – 40 / 1
Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva – 4 / 1
Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs – 1 / 1
Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago – 2 / 1
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica – 4 / 1
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio – 32 / 7
Herring Gull Larus argentatus – 1 / 1
House Sparrow Passer domesticus – 16 / 3
Tree Sparrow Passer montanus – 40 / 7
Ruff Philomachus pugnax – 2 / 2
Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus – 117 / 1
Common Tern Sterna hirundo – 2 / 2
Starling Sturnus vulgaris – 3 / 3
Garden Warbler Sylvia borin – 21 / 2
Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca – 74 / 1
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola – 1 / 1
Fieldfare Turdus pilaris – 1 / 1

Birds without lice (# searched):
Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenbaenus – 15
Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus – 1
Skylark Alauda arvensis – 1
Tree Pipit Anthus pratensis – 22
Linnet Carduelis cannabina – 1
Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus – 1
Treecreeper Certhia familiaris – 1
Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus – 1
Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca – 17
Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina – 6
Thrush Nightingale Luscinia luscinia – 5
White Wagtail Motacilla alba – 41
Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava – 3
Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata – 32
Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe – 1
Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus – 46
Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix – 2
Goldcrest Regulus regulus – 2
Winchat Saxicola rubetra – 3
Nuthatch Sitta europaea – 1
Tawny Owl Strix aluco – 1
Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla – 10
Whitethroat Sylvia communis – 30
Song Thrush Turdus philomelos – 4
Lapwing Vanellus vanellus – 1

This means I’ve so far searched 644 birds, which is more than any of my previous trips here, and there are still almost four weeks to go!


(1) I don’t have any data on what Heidi and Emily have searched, or which hosts they have got lice from.

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