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Rain for the first few hours of the morning delayed proceedings but when it finally stopped around 09:00 the garden was jumping with birds; some nets were gradually opened, with one of the first birds to be caught being a smart first winter Red-breasted Flycatcher, from where we managed a very decent 571 new birds through the rest of the day. Obviously the totals were dominated by 447 Goldcrests but also included 20 Chiffchaffs and 58 Robins while a bit of quality was added with a cracking Hawfinch, another Firecrest, a Common Redpoll with some Lessers which came into roost and a Treecreeper.
Todays totals (not standardised) 6 Wren \ Gaerdesmutte; 58 Robin \ Roedhals; 3 Blackbird \ Solsort; 1 Blackcap \ Munk; 20 Chiffchaff \ Gransanger; 447 Goldcrest \ Fuglekonge; 1 Firecrest \ Roedtoppet Fuglekonge; 1 Red breasted Flycatcher \ Lille Fluesnapper; 2 Coal Tit \ Sortmejse; 7 Blue Tit \ Blamejse; 3 Great Tit \ Musvit; 1 Treecreeper \ Traelober; 3 Chaffinch \ Bogfinke; 6 Siskin \ Groensisken; 1 Linnet \ Tornirisk; 1 Common Redpoll \ Norlig Grasisken; 9 Lesser Redpoll \ Lille Grasisken; 1 Hawfinch \ Kernebider
It was also very lively overhead as soon as the rain cleared through with flocks of Finches again pouring overhead with these early flocks being joined by 5 Woodlarks, a Serin, 3+ Hawfinches and a few Crossbill flocks. I didn’t really see much else through the day as I was ringing constantly throughout although an adult Little Gull did fly over the garden in the afternoon.
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Another day on the Goldcrest paradise
The weather for this morning was almost perfect for another crazy ringing day as yesterday: misty but a bit more windy. As it happened yesterday, we had a quite first round; but after this, many Goldcrests suddenly appeared from nowhere and jumping into our nests. Hopefully, it was expected and we have just opened a few nests ;).
No surprising Goldcrest have been the main start of the day with 459 new individuals ringed, but we have also got a few others nice species among them: 1 Firecrest (always cute and punky at the same time!!), a leucistic Goldcrest (maybe a new subspecies ;) who knows!!!! ) and the second Fieldfare of the autumn. Chiffchaff figure has also increased, being more likely to see (or hear) one Eastern looking around the garden or in our nests within the next days, crossing fingers again!!!
In addition, we have also got another nice amazing surprise: three controls from Sweden ( 2 Goldcrests and 1 Blackcap). As everybody knows this is one of the main purpose of ringing and it's always exciting to discover where these birds were ringed or retrapped. Our guess is Falsterbo, but who knows!!!!
Totals: Wrens 14 / Robins 72 / Blackbird 3 / Fieldfare 1 / Song Trush 1 / Blackcap 4 / Chiffchaff 22 / Goldcrest 459 / Firecrest 1 / Coal Tit 1 / Blue Tit 3 / Great Tit 2 / Greenfinch 1 / Siskin 1
Close the nets...theres too many!
A simply classic autumn ringer’s day, the ones you dream about! The wind dropped off to hardly anything but it stayed cloudy allowing us to put in a full day of ringing ending up with a monster 981 new birds; by far the star of the show were 854 Goldcrests caught (a tiny percentage of the actual number of birds which passed through today!). The meagre totals of other species caught included a Yellow-browed Warbler, a Firecrest, 2 Treecreepers, 7 confusing Redpolls (probably Lessers) and 72 Robins.
Todays monstrous totals 10 Wren \ Gaerdesmutte: 3 Dunnock \ Jernspurv; 72 Robin \ Roedhals; 2 Blackbird \ Solsort; 2 Sangdrossel; 2 Blackcap \ Munk; 1 Yellow browed Warbler \ Hvidbrynet Loevsanger; 5 Chiffchaff \ Gransanger; 854 Goldcrest \ Fuglekonge; 1 Firecrest \ Roedtoppet Fuglekonge; 4 Blue Tit \ Blamejse; 1 Great Tit \ Musvit; 2 Treecreeper \ Traelober; 2 Chaffinch \ Bogfinke; 13 Siskin \ Groensisken; 7 Redpoll sp. \ Grasisken
Slightly confusing Redpolls
The factor that made the Goldcrest numbers even more special was that it wasn’t just a dump of migrants brought down by the weather conditions it was that they were all actively and obviously migrating with flocks pouring over the garden even before it got light in the morning – a whopping 13,000+ were counted passing the point through the day with countless birds hitting the buildings on the tip and getting eaten by Gulls, Sparrowhawks, cats and anything else that fancied a bite size Goldcrest!
I had literally no time to look up to see what was passing over the garden through the extremely busy morning but it was clear that tens of thousands of birds were piling overhead; as in previous days Chaffinches and Bramblings dominated with 35,000 counted on the point as well as 8,000 Siskins and a Gedser record breaking 5,900 Mistle Thrushes. I didn’t see much else from the garden but there did seem to be good numbers of Crossbills heading over with 100+ seen and heard through my infrequent looks in the sky.
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First Ring Ouzel for the autumn 2016
Despite of the strong and cold wind, this morning we have managed to open a few nests around the garden and kept going until 14h when it started to rain-just on time. We haven't got wet at all!!!. 91 new birds and 12 different species were ringed, not so bad numbers for such an unfavorable weather conditions.
As previous days, Goldcrests and Robins kept us entertained, being the species most abundant with 49 and 23 new individuals ringed (respectively), plua " a few· more retraps from the last 4 days. The most exciting moment happens when Simon found the first Ring Ouzel ( a nice juvenile male) for the autumn in one of the nets. Such an amazing surprise specially for me as it has been the first one on the hand!!!. In fact, I have not only had the opportunity to see it but also to ring it. Muchas gracias!!! Thanks so much!! Tak!!! This has been absolutely great!!! More likely, this individual is the same one as the one has been heard and seen around the garde for the last two days, but maybe no!! An we¡ll have another one within a few days ;).
In addition, we have had also one new Coal Tit and two new Eurasian Treecreepers ringed, one of them with a long beak which made us to thinkt that it could be a Short-Toed Treecreeper, but unfortunately no!!! :(
Looking forward for tomorrow as the forecast looks much better- maybe we'll have even a better surprise: one od this rarities going aorund will end up in one of our nests!!! Who knows!!! Crossing Fingers and Touch Wood at the same time for double luck :)))
Wrens 5 / Robins 23 / Ring Ouzel 1 / Blackbird 1 / Blakcap 1 /
Goldcrest 49 / Firecrest 1 / Coal Tit 1 / Blue Tit 1 / Great Tit 3 /
Eurasian Treecreeper 2 / Siskin 3
Dry again but again the easterly wind built up through the day to become very strong by the afternoon, the nets were productive though with a good 278 new birds caught, largely made up of 177 Goldcrests and 60 Robins while other little bits included a late Swallow, 6 Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap, 2 Coal Tits and a Goldfinch.
Today's totals - 1 Swallow \ Landsvale; 12 Wren \ Gærdesmutte; 60 Robin \ Rødhals; 1 Blackbird \ Solsort; 1 Blackcap \ Munk; 6 Chiffchaff \ Gransanger; 177 Goldcrest \ Fuglekonge; 2 Coal Tit \ Sortmejse; 2 Blue Tit \ Blåmejse; 2 Great Tit \ Musvit; 2 Chaffinch \ Bogfinke; 4 Greenfinch \ Grønirisk; 1 Goldfinch \ Stillits; 6 Siskin \ Grønsisken; 1 Reed Bunting \ Rørspurv
It was an excellent day of visible migration with thousands of Finches and Thrushes heading east over the garden, it was most impressive looking across the front field where for long periods of time wave after wave of Chaffinches, Bramblings and Siskins streamed eastwards at head height. The flocks also contained good numbers of Linnets and Goldfinches while Mistle Thrushes and Fieldfares also moved through in decent flocks and a few Skylarks and Meadow Pipits were also obvious – 6,000+ mixed finches were counted from the point. Late Swallows were also more obvious today with c20 seen through the day.
There were a few interesting bits around the garden through the day (but again there was limited time to go birding) with an excellent flock of 27 Hawfinches high overhead (probably a Gedser record count!), a Ring Ouzel which spent all day feeding on Rowan berries around the nets but never getting caught, a Great Grey Shrike in the front hedge and the female Northern Bullfinch from a couple of days ago re-trapped while the garden was again full of frantically feeding Goldcrests and Robins.
A drive across the field late afternoon produced several Little Gulls, a Merlin and a Rough-legged Buzzard.
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Who needs fancy Accentors?
The first completely dry day for a good while with the easterly wind increasing from a moderate breeze in the morning to howling strong by late afternoon; it was a fantastic day of ringing with at least some nets open all day as we managed an excellent 443 new birds caught highlighted by a second Great Grey Shrike, 4 awesome white headed Northern Long-tailed Tits and the first 2 Mistle Thrushes of the year.
The numbers were dominated by 314 Goldcrests – mainly caught during a very hectic first few hours along with 30 Blue Tits, 53 Robins and 14 Blackbirds plus bits and bobs of other things including 2 Coal Tits, 4 Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap and a Redwing.
Today's ringing totals - 3 Wren / Gaerdesmutte; 3 Dunnock / Jernspurv; 53 Robin / Roedhals; 14 Blackbird / Solsort; 4 Song Thrush / Sangdrossel; 1 Redwing / Vindrossel; 2 Mistle Thrush / Mistledrossel; 1 Blackcap / Munk; 4 Chiffchaff / Gransanger; 314 Goldcrest / Fuglekonge; 4 Northern Long-tailed Tit / Nordlig Halemejse; 2 Coal Tit / Sortmejse; 30 Blue Tit / Blamejse; 2 Great Tit / Musvit; 1 Great Grey Shrike / Stor Tornskade; 1 Chaffinch / Bogfinke; 2 Greenfinch / Groenirisk; 2 Siskin / Groensisken
Northern Long-tailed Tit
There was not much else seen really (not that there was any time to look up during the morning!) with 4 Swallows still, a Rough-legged Buzzard, a few Chaffinches and Bramblings heading east and a few White-fronted Goose flocks heading south.
Goldcrests were again hopping around your feet
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The black mask of death
Still windy, still overcast and still damp so an attempt at ringing first thing was doomed to be short lived but did include another beefy female Northern Bullfinch; we closed just in time to avoid the very heavy rain which lingered through the latter half of the morning. It brightened up considerably by midday so the nets were reopened but closed again after an hour for more rain had moved in, this only lasted a short time though and by 14:00 the nets were once again catching birds but this time we lasted right through the pleasant, if still a bit breezy afternoon.
Today's ringing totals (short morning session and longer in the afternoon) - 2 Wren / Gaerdesmutte; 1 Dunnock / Jernspurv; 91 Robin / Roedhals; 18 Blackbird / Solsort; 3 Song Thrush / Sangdrossel; 1 Redwing / Vindrossel; 53 Goldcrest / Fuglekonge; 1 Blue Tit / Blamejse; 1 Great Grey Shrike / Stor Tornskade; 1 Brambling / Kvaerkerfinke; 1 Siskin / Groensisken; 1 Northern Bullfinch / Stor Dompap
This afternoon session produced a decent 123 new birds highlighted by a cracking first winter Great Grey Shrike and was largely made up of 67 Robins and 32 Goldcrests. There were some good birds around through the afternoon including a single male PARROT CROSSBILL which circled the garden calling several times, a Serin which did likewise later on, 3 Hawfinches overhead and a few waders including 28 Grey Plover, 50 Golden Plover and a Curlew although these were probably feeding in nearby fields and not migrating.
Great Grey Shrike
Visible migration was a bit slow today with a few Finches flocks heading east along with a few Thrushes including a couple of decent flocks of Mistle Thrushes and Fieldfares while small flocks of White-fronted Geese continued to head south.
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Don't tread on the Goldcrests
A very windy, very overcast and slightly damp classic autumn day; we attempted some ringing first thing with just four nets opened and it proved to be pretty productive with 115 new birds caught in just a couple of hours before the weather forced us to close including a brute of a female Northern Bullfinch, 52 Robins and 57 Goldcrests.
Today's ringing totals (two sessions with very limited nets open) - 5 Wren / Gaerdesmutte; 2 Dunnock / Jernspurv; 180 Robin / Roedhals; 6 Blackbird / Solsort; 1 Fieldfare / Sjagger; 8 Song Thrush / Sangdrossel; 2 Blackcap / Munk; 1 Chiffchaff / Gransanger; 83 Goldcrest / Fuglekonge; 1 Blue Tit / Blamejse; 1 Great Tit / Musvit; 2 Chaffinch / Bogfinke; 1 Northern Bullfinch / Stor Dompap
I then went out birding between the garden and town where it was an incredible few hours; there were literally Goldcrests everywhere, hopping around on the grass around your feet only moving when you were about to tread on them, flying in over the sea, on the beaches, in every bush and tree and along every fenceline – there must have been thousands and thousands in the relatively small area that I walked, absolutely fantastic! There were also hundreds of Robins dotted around plus a few Chiffchaffs (several pale, eastern-type birds were seen) and loads of Song Thrushes and Blackbirds with Mistle Thrushes, Fieldfares and Redwings whizzing around but very little else at all, I tried in vain to find something in-amongst the masses but failed miserably!
There were also huge Brambling, Chaffinch and Siskin flocks passing low overhead to the east into the wind with 300+ feeding on the ground on the outskirts of town; the other feature was big flocks of White-fronted Geese heading south throughout the day (4,000 were counted from the point) while 5,000+ Barnacle Geese were again in the fields and the Slavonian Grebe was still just offshore.
I then re-opened my four nets in the afternoon and during the next four hours until dusk I managed 178 new birds (walking constantly between the nets) including 128 Robins and a Fieldfare but most of the Goldcrests had left the garden by that time – fortunately! An awesome day!
Goldcrests Goldcrests Goldcrests
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Open nets, close nets, open nets, close nets
Despite the forecast promising more or less blanket cloud and continuous, heavy rain throughout the day it wasn’t quite that bad and there were a couple of half decent weather windows in the morning where we managed to get some nets open for two, hour long sessions which produced a half decent 66 new birds with a Firecrest the highlight in amongst 35 Goldcrests and a flock of 11 Siskins plus a few Robins, Wrens, Chiffchaffs etc. A few Finch flocks passed overhead while the Slavonian Grebe was again offshore and the big Barnacle Goose flock was still in the fields over towards town.
Today's totals from a very stop, start morning - 7 Wren / Gaerdesmutte; 5 Robin / Roedhals; 1 Blackbird / Solsort; 1 Blackcap / Munk; 4 Chiffchaff / Gransanger; 35 Goldcrest / Fuglekonge; 1 Firecrest / Roedtoppet Fuglekonge; 1 Blue Tit / Blamesje; 11 Siskin / Groensisken
A walk around Kroghage at lunchtime in the increasingly heavy rain was hard work in the unpleasant conditions but did produce an adult male Redstart which had a decent pale wing panel but I don’t think it was enough for an eastern samamisicus bird, a first winter Little Gull and 4 Stonechats along with a few Robins, Chiffchaffs, Goldcrests etc.
Rain first thing led to a delayed start but we just managed to get five hours of ringing in through the morning and managed a decent 115 new birds before it started raining again at lunchtime; the total mainly comprised 49 Siskins with several flocks hitting the nets all together, the rest were the usual 12 Robins, 12 Chiffchaffs and 15 Blue Tits.
Today's totals - 1 Sparrowhawk / Spurvehoeg; 5 Wren / Gaerdesmutte; 2 Dunnock / Jernspurv; 12 Robin / Roedhals; 2 Blackbird / Solsort; 2 Song Thrush / Sangdrossel; 12 Chiffchaff / Gransanger; 7 Goldcrest / Fuglekonge; 15 Blue Tit / Blamejse; 2 Tree Sparrow / Skovspurv; 2 Greenfinch / Groenirisk; 49 Siskin / Groensisken; 4 Reed Bunting / Roerspurv
There was little else to mention through the whole rain interrupted day with a few small flocks of Chaffinches, Bramblings, Siskins and Blue Tits over the garden during the dryish morning with the Barnacle Goose flock spitting up on occasion and noisily passing overhead several times and a Slavonian Grebe close inshore just off the front field late morning.