Last day of catching…

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As we have to leave for Mörbylånga already at 8 am tomorrow morning, today was the last day we participated in the catching here at Ottenby.

A good day, with 63 birds searched, including four new species for this trip:

Great Tit Parus major
Redwing Turdus iliacus
Greenfinch Chloris chloris
Pheasant Phasianus colchicus

None of these had even a single louse, though, but we did get lice from a number of hosts today:

Song Thrush Turdus philomelos
Blackbird Turdus merula
Wren Troglodytes troglodytes
Tree Sparrow Passer montanus
Brambling Fringilla montifringilla

The lice from the Blackbird were all Brueelia (=Turdinirmus) merulensis, which was a target species of this trip, as it represents a group of Brueelia which we haven’t got in the phylogeny yet. These are the first Turdinirmus I ever collect, and represent a new species for Sweden. Nice to finally get one on the last day!

I haven’t double checked so that all my numbers are correct, but this is the preliminary summary of my collections here (I will add Emily’s, Tomas’, and Heidis as well at some point):
– 82 species, of which 48 had lice. Heidi has searched at least five more species, and Tomas at least two more. Maybe we actually reached a hundred different species? Hopefully Heidi and I will get a few more in the next few days at Nordens Ark and Fågelcentralen.
– 1538 birds, of which 153 had lice.
The most numerous species were (# with lice / # searched):
1. Robin Erithacus rubecula (5 / 239)
2. Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus (2 / 137)
3. Song Thrush Turdus philomelos (22 / 135)
4. Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca (1 / 107)
5. White Wagtail Motacilla alba (1 / 83)
6. Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus (1 / 72)
7. Goldcrest Regulus regulus (7 / 60, but number includes a few dead birds)
8. Tree Sparrow Passer montanus (8 / 52)
9. Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata (1 / 49)
10. Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla and Common Whitethroat Sylvia communis (both 0 / 40)

Now everything is packed up, as we’re more or less ready to take off tomorrow morning.

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