Anicee Lombal – The European Union for Bird Ringing: Scientific Collaborator-ringer (training)

Human activities are causing rapid declines in many species of animals and plants, linked to widespread environmental change, and birds are excellent tools for monitoring and understanding those impacts given that they are highly mobile and easily observable organisms.

Bird Ringing involves the marking of individual birds by highly trained ornithologists to provide vital data on migration patterns, demography and ecological processes. Information derived from recoveries and recaptures of a ringed bird include population parameters (e.g. survival estimates, lifetime reproductive success), which are essential to determine the causes of changes in population sizes. This technique is one of the most effective methods to study the biology, ecology, behaviour, movement, breeding productivity and population demography of birds.

Bird ringing – Pic: A. Lombal

A network of fully co-ordinated ringing stations and National Ringing Schemes has been
developed for the management of scientific bird ringing in Europe. EURING, the
European Union for Bird Ringing, guarantees the efficient collaboration among national ringing schemes. See the EURING brochure Bird Ringing for Science and Conservation, describing the value of bird ringing and the activities of EURING.

In 2019, I became a Scientific Collaborator-Ringer with EURING. I currently conduct banding sessions with the Royal Belgium Institute of Natural Sciences.

All pics: A. LOMBAL

List of birds banded since June 2019:

Belgium (Nodebais, Brabant Wallon) – 22-06-2019

Eurasian blackcap (fr: Fauvette à tête noire FTN) Sylvia atricapilla (x23)
Common whitethroat (fr: Fauvette grisette GRIS) Sylvia communis (x3)
Garden warbler (fr: Fauvette des jardins JARD) Sylvia borin (x4)
Common chiffchaff (fr: Pouillot véloce VEL) Phylloscopus collybita (x18)
Cetti’s warbler (fr: Bouscarle de cetti CETTI) Cettia cetti (x3)
Common blackbird (fr: Merle noir MERL) turdus merula (x1)
European robin (fr: Rouge-gorge familier RG) Erithacus rubecula (x1)
Dunnock (fr: Accenteur mouchet ACC) Prunella modularis (x3)
Eurasian wren (fr: Troglodyte mignon TROG) Troglodytes troglodytes (x2)
Eurasian blue tit (fr: Mésange bleue BLEU) Cyanistes caeruleus (x2)
Great tit (fr: Mésange charbonnière CHARBOS) Parus major (x12)
Eurasian reed warbler (fr: Rousserolle effarvate EFFAcrocephalus scirpaceus (x4)
Marsh warbler (fr: Rousserolle verderolle VERDEAcrocephalus palustris (x1)
Song thrush (fr: Grive musicienne GRIV) Turdus philomelos (x2)

Eurasian blackcap – FTN Female & male
Eurasian reed warbler – EFF & Marsh warbler – VERDE
Song Thrush – GRIV
Song thrush – GRIV

Belgium (Nodebais, Brabant Wallon) – 07-07-2019
EFF (x8), VERDE (x4), FTN (x33), GRIS (x7), JARD (x1),  VEL (x13),
CETTI (x1), GRIV (x1), MERL (x1), ACC (x1), TROG (x1), BLEU (x10),
CHARBOS (x6)
Bluethroat (fr: Gorgebleue à miroir GBLEUE) Luscinia svecica (x1)
Long-tailed tit (fr: Mésange à longue queue MLQ) Aegithalos caudatus (x1)
Great spotted woodpecker (fr: Pic épeiche PIC) Dendrocopos major (x1)
TOTAL: 90

Belgium (UCL Campus – Woluwe-St-Lambert, Brussels) – 03 & 04-08-2019
EFF (x51), VERDE (x6), FTN (x16), GRIS (x3), JARD (x7), RG (x1), VEL (x6),
Willow warbler (fr: Pouillot fitis FITIS), Phylloscopus trochilus (x2)
ACC (x1), TROG (x2), CHARBOS (x11), BLEU (x8)
Marsh tit (fr: Mésange nonnette MN) Poecile palustris (x1)
Sedge warbler (fr: Phragmite des Joncs PhJ) Acrocephalus schoenobaenus (x5)
European green woodpecker (fr: Pic vert PICV) Picus viridis (x1)
Avis’s warbler (fr: Locustelle luscinoïde LL) Locustella luscinioides (x1)
Icterine warbler (fr: Hipolaïs icterine HI) Hippolais icterina (x1)
Short-toed treecreeper (fr: Grimpereau des jardins GJ) Certhia brachydactyla (x2)
TOTAL: 125

Icterine warbler – HI
Short-toed teecreeper – GJ

Belgium (UCL Campus – Woluwe-St-Lambert, Brussels) – 11-08-2019
EFF (x56), VERDE (x3), FTN (x17), GRIS (x2), JARD (x6), RG (x1), FITIS (x2), ACC (x2), TROG (x2), CHARBOS (x7), BLEU (x11), PhJ (x3)
Common nightingale (fr: Rossignol philomèle ROSS) Luscinia megarhynchos (x1)
TOTAL: 113

Belgium (UCL Campus – Woluwe-St-Lambert, Brussels) – 25-08-2019
EFF (x35), VERDE (x1), FTN (x75), GRIS (x1), JARD (x1), RG (x2), VEL (x1), ACC (x2), TROG (x1), CHARBOS (x2), BLEU (x3)
Blyth’s Reed Warbler (fr: Rousserole des buissons BUI) Acrocephalus dumetorum (x1)
Tree pipit (fr: Pipit des arbres PIPA) Anthus trivialis (x1)
TOTAL: 126

Belgium (UCL Campus – Woluwe-St-Lambert, Brussels) – 31-08-2019
EFF (x35), FTN (x101), GRIS (x1), JARD (x4), RG (x6), VEL (x1), ACC (x1), CHARBOS (x4), BLEU (x2), PhJ (x1), GJ (x1)
Common kingfisher (fr: Martin-pêcheur MP) Alcedo atthis (x1)
Eurasian Wryneck (fr: Torcol fourmilier TF) Jynx torquilla (x1)
TOTAL: 177

Belgium (UCL Campus – Woluwe-St-Lambert, Brussels) – 14-09-2019
EFF (x25), FTN (x121), JARD (x4), RG (x21), VEL (x3), ACC (x7), TROG (x1), CHARBOS (x6), BLEU (x5), MN (x1), GJ (x1), PIPA (x1)
Common firecrest (fr: Roitelet Triple bandeau RTB) Regulus ignicapilla (x1)
TOTAL: 197

Belgium (UCL Campus – Woluwe-St-Lambert, Brussels) – 21-09-2019
EFF (x18), FTN (x79), RG (x10), VEL (x5), FITIS (x2), ACC (x1), TROG (x1), CHARBOS (x3), BLEU (x1), MLQ (x1)
Common redstart (fr: Rouge-queue à front blanc RQ) Phoenicurus phoenicurus (x1)
TOTAL: 122

Martinique (La Trinite, Tartane) – 08-12-2019 No complete list

Belgium (UCL Campus – Woluwe-St-Lambert, Brussels) – 19-07-2020
EFF (x47), FTN (x5), JARD (x2), RG (x2), VEL (x5), GRIS (x1), ACC (x1), TROG (x2), CHARBOS (x3), MERL (1),  PhJ (x4), VERDE (2), PICV (1)
Sedge warbler (fr: Phragmite des Joncs PhJ) Acrocephalus schoenobaenus (x5)
TOTAL:76 

Belgium (UCL Campus – Woluwe-St-Lambert, Brussels) – 25-07-2020
EFF (x17), FTN (x5), JARD (x2), GRIV (x2), RG (x1), VEL (x3), FITIS (x1), TROG (x1), BLEU (x1),  PhJ (x3), VERDE (x2)
TOTAL:38

Belgium (UCL Campus – Woluwe-St-Lambert, Brussels) – 01-08-2020
EFF (x51), FTN (x7), JARD (x2), GRIS (x1), RG (x2), VEL (x6), TROG (x1), CHARBOS (x1),  PhJ (x3), VERDE (x6), MP (x1), ROSS (x1)

European pied flycatcher (fr. Gobemouche noir GOB) Ficedula hypoleuca (x1)
TOTAL: 84

Belgium (UCL Campus – Woluwe-St-Lambert, Brussels) – 23-08-2020
EFF (x22), FTN (x40), JARD (x5), GRIS (x1), VEL (x1), TROG (x3), CHARBOS (x1), BLEU (x1)
Willow warbler (fr. Pouillot fitis FITIS), Phylloscopus trochilus (x1)
TOTAL: 75

Belgium (UCL Campus – Woluwe-St-Lambert, Brussels) – 29-08-2020
EFF
(x55), VERDE (x1), FTN (x177), JARD (x2), GRIS (x4), VEL (x2), RG (x4), TROG (x1), CHARBOS (x1), BLEU (x1), ROSS (x1), ACC (x2), RQ (x1)
Common redstart (fr: Rouge-queue à front blanc RQ) Phoenicurus phoenicurus (x1)
TOTAL: 261

Belgium (UCL Campus – Woluwe-St-Lambert, Brussels) – 05-09-2020
EFF
(x7), FTN (x68), JARD (x1), RG (x5), TROG (x1), CHARBOS (x3), BLEU (x2), ACC (x2), VEL (x1)
Marsh tit (fr: mésange nonnette NON) Poecile palustris (x1)
TOTAL: 91

Belgium (UCL Campus – Woluwe-St-Lambert, Brussels) – 12-09-2020
EFF
(x9), FTN (x110), RG (x6), TROG (x1), BLEU (x3), VEL (x2)
Common kingfisher (fr: Martin-pêcheur MP) Alcedo atthis (x1)
Song thrush (fr: Grive musicienne GRIV) Turdus philomelos (x1)
TOTAL: 133

Belgium (UCL Campus – Woluwe-St-Lambert, Brussels) – 11-10-2020
EFF
(x3), FTN (x7), RG (x8), TROG (x1), CHARBO (x3), VEL (x1), ACC (x1)
Common kingfisher (fr: Martin-pêcheur MP) Alcedo atthis (x1)
Song thrush (fr: Grive musicienne GRIV) Turdus philomelos (x1).

Common firecrest (fr: Roitelet Triple bandeau RTB) Regulus ignicapilla (x1)

Common chaffinch (fr: Pinson des arbres PDA) Fringilla coelebs (x1)

TOTAL: 27

Belgium (UCL Campus – Woluwe-St-Lambert, Brussels) – 17-10-2020
FTN
(x6), RG (x28), TROG (x3), CHARBO (x1), VEL (x4), ACC (x7), MB (x3)
Common kingfisher (fr: Martin-pêcheur MP) Alcedo atthis (x1)
Song thrush (fr: Grive musicienne GRIV) Turdus philomelos (x1).

Common firecrest (fr: Roitelet Triple bandeau RTB) Regulus ignicapilla (x1)

Goldcrest (fr: Roitelet huppé RH) Regulus regulus (x3)

TOTAL: 58

Comparison between two males: Goldcrest – RH (left) and Common firecrest – RTB (right)

Belgium (UCL Campus – Woluwe-St-Lambert, Brussels) – 24-10-2020
EFF
(1), FTN (x6), RG (x7), TROG (x1), CHARBO (x2), VEL (x10), ACC (x1), MB (x1), GRIV (x1), RH (x3)

TOTAL: 33

Belgium (UCL Campus – Woluwe-St-Lambert, Brussels) – 31-10-2020
FTN
(x2), RG (x3), TROG (x4), CHARBO (x3), VEL (x4), ACC (x6), MB (x3), GRIV (x1), RH (x1), MERL (x4), GRIV (x2)

Short-toed teecreeper (fr: Grimpereau des jardins GJ) Certhia brachydactyla (x2)

Water rail (fr: Râle d’eau RE) Rallus aquaticus (x1)

TOTAL: 33