Dark Blue Almost Black

"I want to be different. If everyone is wearing black, I want to be wearing blue." - Maria Sharapova We all know light and colour can fool us when it comes to assess certain bird features, but it’s hard to work out to what point. This is an extreme case of what can potentially happen and [...]

Shades of grey

"I believe very strongly that when it comes to desire, when it comes to attraction, that things are never black and white, things are very much shades of grey." - Brian Molko While most were complaining about the bad weather forecasted for the second half of the Easter holidays, birders were looking forward to it. [...]

Acro from hell

“Turkey is a European country, an Asian country, a Middle Eastern country, Balkan country, Caucasian country, neighbour to Africa, Black Sea country, Caspian Sea, all these.” – Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkish Ministry for Foreign Affairs After almost 2 weeks with easterly winds and both an Eastern Subalpine Warbler and a Spanish Sparrow already in the ringing season summary, it’s [...]

Small Shrikes in Oman

Jackson Bentley: What is it, Major Lawrence that attracts you personally to the desert? T.E. Lawrence: It's clean. - Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1962) One of my main targets in Oman during our trip in November 2017 was to see many Isabelline/Turkestan Shrikes and to be able to study their plumage. With around 10 [...]

baeticatus-like Warblers at Llobregat Delta

“Dreams are the genus; nightmares the species.” – Jorge Luis Borges It’s been already 5 years with the same idea hanging around in my head. It was in summer 2008, already in July but after a memorable spring migration plenty of eastern migrants. Joan Castelló caught an Acrocephalus warbler at Reguerons, Llobregat Delta, that immediately struck [...]

Red-throated Pipit exam

“Cervine [ˈsɜːvaɪn]: adj. 1. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Zoology) resembling or relating to a deer” The last week of ringing has been really quiet, with an average of 20 birds per day. However, an improve in our methods for trying to catch Red-throated pipit gave us 3 1st winter birds in 3 days in [...]

Iberian-like chiffchaffs in Sweden

“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche Everybody knows the chiffchaff world is a complete mess. Among all the fucked up chiffchaffs we’ve caught this autumn (including tristis, tristis-like, abietinus, abietinus-like, collybita and collybita-like), my favorites are still a couple of “green chiffchaff” we [...]