Check of morphological differences to define the sex of the Water pipit Anthus spinoletta
To investigate morphological differences between the sexes of the Water pipit Anthus spinoletta, 351 of 691 data sets dealing with wing length and partial feather length were evaluated based on the criteria of the Ornithological Station Sempach. 282 individuals (80%) were thus classified as males and 65 (19%) as females. For four pipits, no sex could be defined.
The result of this investigation confirms other authors that found separate winter grounds for both sexes. Male water pipits appear to winter predominantly north of the Alps.
Summary of Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta ringing in Luxembourg over the last 18 years
In 122 catching days 691 data sets of Water Pipits Anthus spinoletta were collected at the station of “Schlammwiss” in the last 18 years of ringing. The data concerned 521 individual birds. An improved catching method used since the winter 2011/12 led to increased numbers over the last winters and the maximum rate was achieved in 2017/18 with 104 individuals caught.
The data provide evidence that the Water Pipits reach their wintering grounds in Luxembourg in the 57th pentad (8.10. – 12.10.) and start to leave in the 17th pentad, some staying until the 23rd pentad (21.4. – 25.4.).
From the total of 691 catches, 104 concerned Water Pipits caught and ringed already during a preceding winter. The maximum time elapsed between ringing and recapture of an individual pipit was six years. In Autumn 57% of the Water Pipits are determined as juvenile, in Spring this percentage drops to 19%. The reasons therefore are discussed.
Click on the RTL-logo to hear the interview about the Temminck's stint (Calidris temminckii) from Jim S. (in luxembourgish).
It's the first bird for the birdringing station 'Schlammwiss' and probably the first who got ringed for Luxembourg.
The scouts group "Echternoacher Quaichleken" visited the birdringingstation 'Schlammwiss' the 24. March.
They visited the nature reserve, had closer view how birds get their metal ring and what we can do with this data.
After the long morning they enjoyed a barbecue near our chalet.
You can read their report (LUX) below.
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Journée en pleine nature <<Vallée de la syre>>
Les CFL, la ferme pédagogique A SCHMATTEN et la Fondation Hëllef fir d’Natur vous invitent en date du 29 juin et 08 juillet 2016 à un programme varié autour du thème de la nature dans la vallée de la Syre!
Faites votre choix, nous nous occupons des activités sur place et de vos déplacements.
(Offre limitée à 80 enfants par journée)