First results of the bird monitoring programme in winter in our constant effort ringing site in Candeleda (Ávila)
Last winter 2014 – 2015 we opened a new CES ringing site in Candeleda. This station is part of the network of integrated ringing sites in coordinated ringing programs by SEO/BirdLife (www.seo.org).
The aim of this station is to get knowledge on the bird community around Candeleda and will be used to study the evolution of bird populations in winter.
During last season were trapped 153 birds of 25 different species, representing 29% of passerine birds that spend the winter in peninsular Spain. 110 were first traps and 43 retraps. The most common species was the Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) with 23, followed closely by the Rock Bunting (Emberiza cia) with 18.
In addition, ringing sessions were used as a tool for environmental awareness and education for locals and students from Almanzor Elementary school in Candeleda.