Generally, the AI project protocol of UAF was followed, and when applicable. Field: For dates and coordinates please see database. Animals were caught opportunistically and with cloakal swaps and droppings (feces). For moprhometric measurements: We used a protocol that is viryually identical with the 'revised African-European Songbird Migration Network' banding scheme. Lab: Data were cleaned and worked up in EXCEL. The detailed protocol is the following: Bird Banding Protocol, Summer/Fall Season 2006 (version 2: Fairbanks 10th July 2006) Bird Bands are provided by the local contractors for each of the birds caught and swaped for this project (>1500; this includes passerines, shorebirds, gulls and waterfowl). Bird Band Numbers are used as a reference for linking AI swap samples stored in tubes. If bird is not banded, use a unique and well documented code for birds, e.g. date+species+number. Bird Data to be collected: Full Name of Collector (full name, no abbreviations) Location of Sample Collection (local name, English and Russian) Coordinates of Sample (latitude and longitude; use GPS if possible) Net Number where sample was caught/collected (if possible, provide map/sketch of net setup) Date of Sample Collection (day day, month month, year year year year) Time of Sample Collection (local time 00.00 - 24.00h) Species Name 1 (English name; subspecies if possible) Species Name 2 (Scientific name only if appropriate) Bird Band Number (if collected; assumes Russian banding scheme. Mark if from dropping or dead bird) Wing length (in millimeters, flattened and unflattened for international compatibility and science reasons) Head to Beak (maximum in millimeters; not used for passerines) (Tarsus and Beak Length is not measured; can be done voluntarily by the bander. Document method used) Age (follow EURING standards; see Manual enclosed) Sex (where possible; document method used to determine) Primaries (BTO Moult Score Card; see Manual enclosed) Body Moult (Beginning, Middle, End judged by expert knowledge =majority of feathers) Body Fat (Kaiser Scale; see reference enclosed) Weight (in grams; to the nearest 0.1 g for birds weighing <200 g) Feather Samples (5 each: Growing Feathers, Body, Secondary, Tail Central: plug not cut. For Primaries, please use one from outer 10th) Blood samples (usually not taken, unless for specific species and numbers and when Falk Huettmann is around; consult with Falk Huettmann for details) Photo taken ? (usually not taken, unless for specific species of interest (e.g. document outliers) or when Falk Huettmann is around; consult with Falk Huettmann for details; document the film role and/or digital camera) Comments: Anything relevant to understand, analyze and interprete the sample and data DIGITAL DATA: Please make sure that the Banding Data as well as the AI Sampling Data are keyed in, and provided, as an EXCEL sheet according to the data scheme above (see Excel template enclosed). Metadata will be created as well (see Word template enclosed).
Authors did the species identifications. The following references were followed: Taxonimic references: Stepanyan L.S. Conspectus of the ornithological fauna of the USSR. M. 1990. 1-728. Stepanyan L.S. Conspectus of the ornithological fauna of Russia and contiguous territories. M. 2003. 1-808. Koblik E.A., Red'kin AY.A., Arkhipov V.Yu. Checklist of the birds of Russian Federation. Moscow: KMK Scientific Press Ltd. 2006. 256 p. Woo-Shin Lee, Tae-Hoe Koo, Jin-Young Park. A field guide to the birds of Korea. 2000. Tokyo.