Spain Pyrenees-group

Study area: Spain, Central and Eastern Pyrenees

 

Beginning of ringing and monitoring activities: winter 2005 (Eastern Pyrenees), summer 2012 (Central Pyrenees)

Ringing and field work activity: winter ringing and monitoring (Eastern Pyrenees; November-March), summer ringing (Central Pyrenees; July)

Main goals of the activities:

• Long-term population yearly monitoring to estimate demographic parameters and dispersion/connectivity among European populations;

• Site fidelity by using capture-recapture methodologies

• Genetic analysis

Spain - Catalan Pyrenees 

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Ringing activity results:

More than 1000 ringed individuals in a wintering population of the Eastern Pyrenees

Ringing of few breeding individuals in the Central Pyrenees

Colour ring project:

2005-2009: colour rings in the Eastern Pyrenees at winter

Start 2013: PVC alphanumeric (3 digits) colour rings (yellow = breeding Central Pyrenees)

Start 2016: PVC alphanumeric (3 digits) colour rings (green = wintering Eastern Pyrenees)

European coordination of colour rings:

Breeding Pyrenees: http://www.cr-birding.org/node/3505

Winter Pyrenees: http://www.cr-birding.org/node/3569

Spain - Catalan Pyrenees (Snowfinches flying around the feeders in winter)

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Coordinator of the Pyrenees Snowfinch project:

• Jaime Resano-Mayor - University of Bern, Switzerland

²Grup d’anellament PARUS, Lliçà d’Amunt, Barcelona


Researchers involved Group (Spain, Central and Eastern Pyrenees):

Juan Antonio Gil - Fundación para la Conservación del Quebrantahuesos, Zaragoza.

²Grupo Aragón de Anillamiento Científico de Aves, Estación Zaragoza-Delicias, Zaragoza

Ángel Fernández-Martín - Grup d’anellament PARUS, Lliçà d’Amunt, Barcelona.

Sergio Hernández-Gómez - Grup d’anellament PARUS, Lliçà d’Amunt, Barcelona.

Ignasi Toranzo - Grup d’anellament PARUS, Lliçà d’Amunt, Barcelona.

Antonio España - Grup d’anellament PARUS, Lliçà d’Amunt, Barcelona.


Publications: 

• Jaime Resano-Mayor, Angel Fernandez-Martın, Sergio Hernandez-Gomez, Ignasi Toranzo, Antonio Espana, Juan Antonio Gil, Miguel de Gabriel, Isabel Roa-Alvarez, Eliseo Strinella, Keith A. Hobson, Gerald Heckel, Raphael Arlettaz 2016. Integrating genetic and stable isotope analyses to infer the population structure of the White-winged Snowfinch Montifringilla nivalis in Western Europe, 2016 J Ornithol DOI 10.1007/s10336-016-1413-8,

Members of the group PARUS ringing and measuring captured Snowfinches

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A group of Snowfinches feeding at the feeders after a heavy snowfall in winter

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Spain central Pyrenees - (View of the breeding and feeding grounds of Snowfinches)

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© author Antonio Espana