Gedser Fuglestation Blog
Her på Gedser Fuglestations blog bringes korte nyheder i dagbogsformat om hændelser på fuglestationen.
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Alt godt kommer til den som venter
Fra morgenstunden var der blæst, regn og gråt og vi måtte udskyde at åbne nettene til klokken 8 hvor det lykkes os at finde 8 net der var i ly for blæsten. Der var dog ikke mange fugle i nettene og allerede på anden runde begyndte det at regne igen og vi måtte lukke. Et par timer blev brugt indendørs på at skrive data ind, spise popcorn, analyser data og strikke i mens vi ventede på at regnen ville stoppe. Først efter middag kunne jeg åbne nettene igen, mens Laila bagte pandekager og gik en tur.
Der var stadigvæk nærmest ingen fugle og mest genfangster, men da der blev meldt en lille fluesnapper ud fra Frisenfelt håbede jeg på at der også kunne sidde noget godt et sted i haven så jeg besluttede at forsætte. Det skulle vise sig at give gevinst i form af en svensk mærket rødhals.
Da jeg efter et par nulrunder valgte at lukke nettene klokken 16.30 sad der pludselig 6 gråsiskener og 1 rødhals i de sidste net jeg lukkede. Det var lige godt pokkers at godt halvdelen af dagens ringmærkede fugle skulle sidder der når nu alle net var lukket. Jeg overvejede at åbne igen og forsætte til det blev mørkt, men jeg valgte i stedte bruge god tid på at kikke på gråsiskenerne da der både var store og små. Jeg har nemlig kun set få lille gråsisken i hånden og aldrig stor gråsisken så det var en god mulighed for at se nærmere på dem og sammenligne dem. Nogen er nemme at bestemme mens andre er mere svære at bestemme til enten lille eller stor. Der var den fineste 2k+ han stor gråsisken i mellem og jeg tror den løber af sted som en af de flotteste fugle jeg har set i år.Stor gråsisken (Carduelis flammea ssp. flammea). Foto: Johanne Aagaard
Inden det blev mørkt nåede jeg lige en tur på Odden og op langs stranden hvor jeg så en vandrefalk komme flyvende og gå til rest på klinten hvor jeg kunne beundre den på kort afstand inden den lettede og fløj lige hen over hovedet på mig flere gange inden den gik til rast igen. Det var en fantastisk oplevelse at se en vandrefalk så tæt på.
Rødhals / Robin - 4
Sjagger / Fieldfare - 1
Grønsisken / Siskin - 1
Stor gråsisken / Common redpoll – 4
Lille gråsisken / Lesser redpoll - 5
An amazing unexpected day
Sorry for the delay. Yesterday we had a few issues with the Internet and I didn´t manage to upload the blog. Anyway, better late than never ;).
As we expected the day was not very fruitful (too windy!!!!) in numbers with just 64 new individuals ringed, being the Robins the main star without any doubts (45 banded). However, we had four amazing surprise along the day, starting with the first Long-eared Owl for the year during the first round. In fact, I was still a bit half-asleep when we made the owl to fly away, so it took me a few seconds to realize which bird could be, and the most important, that we could have one owl on the nes¡ts. After this, I run and checked all the nets close by until I found it on one of them!!!! :)
Arkivfoto fra 8. november 2008, v/Gert Jeppesen
One hour later, Simon came really happy with the second surprise: a nice Lesser Whitethroat with a "funny" looking, which made Simon to think that it can be from the Eastern population. In fact, it looked totally different from any other Lesser Whitethroat seen before. Although it needs to be confirmed, we´re quite optimistic about it and it looks quite promissing ;). What do you think???
The third one was a Ring Ouzel juvenile, totally unexpected as noone had heard it around the garden for the last days. In fact, Lars and me were just talking about which species he would like to ring and the Ring Ouzel was a lifer for him!!! No anymore!!!
The last but not the least, it happened when we decided to close because it got really slowly and we´re just having Robin controls. So, no more exciting when suddenly I found an amazing Sparrowhawk female trapped and of course I had to run again before it could scape it!!! And I asked for helped because it was also the first time to handle an Sparrowhak and to ring it!!!
In other words, we had a great ringing day despite of the low numbers!!!!!
Totals: Sparrowhawk 1 / Long-eared Owl 1 / Wrens 4 / Robins 45 / Ring Ouzel 1 / Blackbird 4 / Song Thrush 1 / Lesser Whitethroat 1 / Chiffchaff 3 / Goldcrest 1 / Blue Tit 2
Robins versus Goldcrests
We have enjoyed another sunny and "dominguero" day with a total of 345 individuals ringed and 16 different species. Unlike previous days, Robins have been the main start for today with 173 new individuals ringed, which makes us to think the Goldcrest peak migration is over and it would be a shift to Robins/Dunnocks.
As yesterday, there have been no many birds migrating properly to South instead small flocks of siskins, bullfinches, redpolls, fieldfares and redwings were moving around the area waiting for the right wind conditions to cross the sea, and lucky us, some of them ended up in our nets ;).
The most exciting observation was made by Simon: the first Waxwing for the autumn flying over. We did put the playback but unfortunately we have not managed to trap it today, maybe tomorrow is the day. I am really looking forward as I have never seen one at all. It is a real "bimbo" ( or also called lifer) in any sense for me and I would love to see it well or even better to handle it!!
Totals: Wrens 12 / Dunnock 3 / Robins 173 / Blackbird 7 / Song Thrush 6 / Redwing 6 / Chiffchaff 18 / Goldcrest 48 / Firecrest 1 / Great Tit 1 / Chaffinch 1 / Greenfinch 3 / Siskin 26 / Common Redpoll 18 / Lesser Redpoll 14 / Bullfinch 7
A nice spring day
Today we have waked up with a thick fog for the first two hours, making the start really slowly. However, once it's cleared out, we have enjoyed a beautiful spring day with a total of 154 individuals banded and 20 different species. Although the weather conditions have been perfect for ringing, there were almost no birds migrating ( if we compare of course with previous days). It seems that birds prefer to migrate in cloudy/raining and windy days; making our day-to-day ringing more challengeable and unpredictable.
Despite of this, there have been small flocks of Siskins, Goldfinches, Bramblings/ Chaffinches and Blue Tits/Great Tits moving around our garden and keeping us entertained but not too busy ;). We have had also two nice surprises: 1 male Great Woodpecker and 1 stunning male adult Sparrowhawk cheering up our day!!!
In addition, we have also observed 15 Common Buzzards, 1 Rough-Legged Buzzard, 2 Red Kites and few Sparrowhawks flying over our heads, but not really migrating.
Totals: Great Woodpecker 1 / Sparrowhawk 1 / Wren 8 / Dunnock 1 / Robin 29 / Blackbird 1 / Chiffchaff 2 / Goldcrest 49 / Blue Tit 14 / Great Tit 3 / Trecreeper 1 / House Sparrow 1 / Tree Sparrow 7 / Chaffinch 1 / Brambling 1 / Greenfinch 1 / Goldfinch 1 / Siskin 26 / North Bullfinch 2
Fuglekonge no more
A perfect ringing day – calm, partly cloudy with some sunshine in the afternoon but the totals were reduced from the previous week as we seem to have broken the back of the crazy Goldcrest migrations; the total of 351 new birds through the day was still very decent but it was nowhere near as hectic as it has been. There was still a trickle of 192 Goldcrests caught (mainly in the morning) along with 64 Robins and 27 Wrens while the highlights included a Firecrest, 3 Treecreepers and a female Northern Bullfinch.
Todays totals - 27 Wren \ Gaerdesmutte; 3 Dunnock \ Jernspurv; 64 Robin \ Roedhals; 2 Blackbird \ Solsort; 1 Song Thrush \ Sangdrossel; 2 Blackcap \ Munk; 5 Chiffchaff \ Gransanger; 192 Goldcrest \ Fuglekonge; 1 Firecrest \ Roedtoppet Fuglekonge; 2 Coal Tit \ Sortmejse; 24 Blue Tit \ Blamejse; 8 Great Tit \ Musvit; 3 Treecreeper \ Traelober; 1 Chaffinch \ Bogfinke; 2 Brambling \ Kvaekerfinke; 1 Greenfinch \ Groenirisk; 5 Goldfinch \ Stillits; 6 Siskin \ Groensisken; 1 Lesser Redpoll \ Lille Grasisken; 1 Northern Bullfinch \ Stor Dompap
Overhead passage was also much reduced despite the fine weather with just a few small flocks of Finches, Woodpigeons, Rooks and Jackdaws moving through; a flock of 120 Cranes also went over while a few raptors included at least 9 Rough-legged Buzzards, 2 Red Kites, 15 Common Buzzards and quite a few Sparrowhawks. Other little bits around included my first Long-eared Owl of the autumn in the trees by the house, 2 Hawfinches over, a flock of 20 Pintail heading south, the first Great-spotted Woodpecker for a while and in the much quieter afternoon a great flock of 16 Red Kites which flapped lazily over the garden late afternoon and 2 Red-throated Divers calling as they flew east.
Long-eared Owl in the garden
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Totally unexpected day
As it was predicted, the weather has been perfect for ringing with a total of 778 new individuals ringed and 16 different species; being the Goldcrests the most abundant with 468 ringed.
However no one has expected to beat the record of Wrens ringed in one day with a total of 189 ( yes, you have read perfectly well: 189 with just 6 nets). What amazing training on how to take out Wrens as quickly as possible ;). In fact, yesterday night we were discussing which species would be the main start: maybe Goldcrests as previous days or maybe there would be a swap to Dunnocks/Robins or Blue Tits, but of course there was no mention about Wrens. Who will guess it!!!
In addition, we have also had a good numbers of Chiffchaffs and Northern Bullfinches ringed (24 and 19 respectively) and another unexpected surprise: one Yellow Wagtail as it is quite late for them.
Totals: Yellow Wagtail 1 / Wrens 189 / Robins 45 / Blackbirds 2 / Song Thrush 1 / Blackcap 2 / Chiffchaffs 24 / Goldcrests 468 / Firescrests 1 / Blue Tit 6 / Great Tit 3 / Treecreper 4 / Chaffinch 1 / Greenfinch 7 / Siskin 5 / Northen Bullfinch 19
Not even rain can stop autumn migration
Pretty much rained all day and while never really heavy it prevented any ringing through the morning; it was however a very impressive morning as thousands and thousands of birds continued to pour low over the garden with big flocks of Chaffinch, Brambling and Siskin moving through along with Redpolls, Greenfinches, Reed Buntings etc. Thrushes were also obvious with thousands of Mistle Thrushes heading through while perhaps more impressive were huge flocks of 2-3,000 Woodpigeons wheeling around high overhead gradually plucking up courage to head south out across the sea – there was no way or time to get any counts but it was enough simply to sit back and enjoy the amazing spectacle that has been a feature of this remarkable autumn so far.
The garden was also heaving with birds with many Chiffchaffs mixed in with more thousands of Goldcrests filling bushes and grass but again it was not just a dump of birds they were all actively and obviously migrating through and were largely gone by the afternoon. There was also a big arrival of Dunnocks in the garden with the whole place (and often the sky as well) full of their calls but again they were largely all gone by the afternoon.
A walk round Kroghage late morning produced more of the same with Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs moving north up the coast whizzing just past your head as they carried on regardless; there was little else there really with 2 Hawfinches and 3 Black Redstarts of note.
Managed to open a couple of nets in the afternoon by standing next to them and extracting birds as they flew in and in just a couple of hours caught 113 new birds including 72 Robins. Other bits seen through the day around the garden included the Great Grey Shrike still in the front hedge, a big beast of a female Peregrine chasing Mistle Thrushes around, a couple of Hawfinches and a Short-eared Owl.
A couple of nets in the afternoon produced - 8 Wren \ Gaerdesmutte; 2 Dunnock \ Jernspurv; 72 Robin \ Roedhals; 2 Blackbird \ Solsort; 4 Song Thrush \ Sangdrossel; 2 Blackcap \ Munk; 3 Chiffchaff \ Gransanger; 18 Goldcrest \ Fuglekonge; 1 Blue Tit \ Blamejse; 1 Greenfinch \ Groenirisk; 1 Siskin \ Groensisken
This young male Peregrine has been hanging around the point for a few days and shows some characteristics of Arctic Peregrine, ssp calidus (with the exception of the very rufous scalloping on the mantle)
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They never stop
After some prolonged rain overnight it was another fantastic October day with another all day ringing session in sometimes very pleasant conditions; we were again flat out through the morning with the bulk of the 715 Goldcrests being caught which in turn formed most of the 917 new birds trapped; there were again some good highlights with a stunning PALLAS’S WARBLER caught in the afternoon along with another Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Firecrests and 9 Northern Bullfinches.
Todays totals - 31 Wren \ Gaerdesmutte; 94 Robin \ Roedhals; 3 Blackbird \ Solsort; 2 Song Thrush \ Sangdrossel; 3 Redwing \ Vindrossel; 1 Blackcap \ Munk; 1 Pallass Warbler \ Fuglekongesanger; 1 Yellow-browed Warbler \ Hvidbrynet Loevsanger; 28 Chiffchaff \ Gransanger; 715 Goldcrest \ Fuglekonge; 2 Firecrest \ Roedtoppet Fuglekonge; 14 Blue Tit \ Blamejse; 7 Great Tit \ Musvit; 1 Treecreeper \ Traelober; 1 Chaffinch \ Bogfinke; 3 Lesser Redpoll \ Lille Grasisken; 9 Northern Bullfinch \ Stor Dompap; 1 Reed Bunting \ Roerspurv
Overhead passage was much reduced from yesterday but there were still Finch flocks and really high Fieldfare flocks heading out (30,000 were counted at the point although they weren’t obvious over the garden) while other little bits included a couple of Hawfinches, a Woodlark, a few raptors with 4 Rough-legged Buzzards, a couple of Red Kites and many Sparrowhawks seen and some big Barnacle and White-fronted Goose flocks.
Other things of note included my first 2 Whooper Swans of the autumn which flew noisily over the garden at first light, 2 Black Redstarts and an awesome little Weasel which was capering around my feet near one of the nets at dusk – hopefully he doesn’t get start to associate them with food….
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Goldcrest still being in migration
The weather conditions today have been really good for ringing, so we have kept going ringing until sunset. As previous days, we have had an invasion of Goldcrests fying all around the garden and of course many of them endep up in our nets ;), making us to close down nets up to two during all morning. Once the Goldcrest number went down (more reasonable), we re-opened the nets and we were looking forward to get more species diversity. In fact, we have ringed a total of 678 new individuals and more impressive 24 different species!!!
The Hightlights for today have been the Yellow-Browed Warbler, 12 Northen Long-Tailed Tits ( the cutest bird ever: " copitos de nieve" as I like to call them in Spanish which means snowflakes), 11 Lesser Redpolls, 2 Firecrests and the amazing female Hawfinch.
In addition, it has been an amazing day for migration. Thousands birds have been migrating over our heads todays. Every time we have looked at the sky, there have been a large flock of thrushes ( Fieldfares and Mistle Thrushes mainly) and finches (Siskins, Chaffinches, Goldfinches,... ) several Sparrowhawks or Jackdaws; and also a few Red Kites, Merlins, Barn Swallows,.....
Totals: Wrens 26 / Dunnock 1 / Blackbird 3 / Song Thrush 2 / Redwing 1 / Blackcap 3 / Yellow-Browed Warbler 1 / Chiffchaff 8 /Goldcrest 486 / Firecrest 2 Treecreeper 3 / Tree Sparrow 1 /Northern Long-Tailed Tit 12 / Southern Long-Tailed Tit 2 / Blue Tit 29 / Great Tit 18 / Chaffinch 5 / Greenfinch 1 / Siskin 19 / Lesser Redpoll 1 / Bullfinch 1 / Northern Bullfinch 1 / Hawfinch 1
Watching the nets
Again rain first thing but this time it lingered on and off throughout the whole day, never very heavy just enough to disrupt any ringing; we were limited to one or two nets, watched constantly, extracting birds as soon as they were caught, with this labour intensive method we managed a respectable 159 new birds. The total included 118 Goldcrests, 20 Robins, 10 Chiffchaffs and the highlight of 3 Northern Bullfinches caught together in the afternoon.
Todays totals - 3 Wren \ Gaerdesmutte; 20 Robin \ Roedhals; 1 Blackbird \ Solsort; 2 Blackcap \ Munk; 10 Chiffchaff \ Gransanger; 118 Goldcrest \ Fuglekonge; 1 Blue Tit \ Blamejse; 1 Siskin \ Groensisken; 3 Northern Bullfinch \ Stor Dompap
As soon as the heavier rain moved through around 09:00 there was an impressive movement of Finches low over the garden for a couple of hours and with them were a Woodlark, a Hawfinch, a Grey Wagtail and a few Crossbill flocks while some decent White-fronted Goose flock milled around overhead.
A few hours birding at a couple of sites in the middle of the day produced a juvenile Black-throated Diver and a first winter Little Gull offshore at Buserup Strand with good numbers of Chiffchaffs, Goldcrests and Robins scattered along the coast before the highlights at Kroghage were a flock of 11 Northern Long-tailed Tits and a Firecrest along with 23 Tundra Bean Geese over to the west, a Grey Wagtail, a Wheatear, 7 Scaup on the pools, a Black Redstart and predictably a good spread of Goldcrests, Chiffchaffs and Robins but nothing too different.
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