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More Lovely weather

tirsdag 13. september 2016
af Nigel Judson

Gorgeous weather again today for those people spending their time at Gedser Odde on holiday, but not so good for the poor English ringer.  I've said that, but it is always good to ring in a different area and with good company.

Today has again been sunny with clear skies, but with the wind still coming  from the east and freshening in the afternoon.

When bird numbers are low it does give us time to look at the birds more closer. An example is the Song Thrushes / Sangdrossel caught over the last few days. In the UK our resident Song Thrushes are from a separate subspecies, Turdus philomelos clarkei. The nominate T. philomelos philomelos occurs in Northern Europe and Scandinavia. There are subtle differences in plumage with the clarkei  birds having a warmer brown tone to the upperparts with warmer buff flanks. In central England we tend to start catching greyer Song Thrushes from November onwards, when the Redwings arrive. It is nice to see the philomelos birds and confirm my thoughts about the origin of our winter visitors.

Here are the totals from Gedser today:

1 Sparrowhawk / Spurvehøg, 20 Robins / Rødhals, 1 Redstart / Rødstjert, 1 Song Thrush / Sangdrossel, 4 Lesser Whiethroats / Gærdesanger, 1 Whitethroat / Tornsanger, 1 Garden Warbler / Havesanger, 8 Blackcaps / Munk, 11 Chiffchaffs / Gransanger, 2 Willow Warblers / Gransanger, 2 Goldcrests / Fuglekonge, 1 Chaffinch / Bogfinke, 2 Greenfinches / Grønirisk

 

 

Still warm and sunny

mandag 12. september 2016
af Nigel Judson

The weather continues to be warm and sunny with little cloud today. The easterly breeze picked up late morning onwards. The nets were a bit more productive than yesterday with 54 new birds and only a handful of recaptures. Robins still dominated the catch.

Today's total of birds ringed:-

1 Tree Pipit / Skovpiber; 29 Robins / Rødhals; 3 Redstarts / Rødstjert; 1 Song Thrush / Sangdrossel; 3 Lesser Whitethroat / Gærdesanger; 7 Blackcap / Munk; 4 Chiffchaff / Gransanger; 1  Willow Warbler / Løvsanger; 1 Goldcrest / Fuglekonge; 2 Spotted Flycatcher / Grå Fluesnapper; 2 Tree Sparrow / Skovspurv

Raptors

søndag 11. september 2016
af Simon Davies

Sunny and calm still but with some high cloud and a gentle breeze which swung right round the long way from southerly to easterly through the day; the nets were very quiet especially when compared to yesterday (there were many re-traps of yesterday’s birds) with 29 new birds caught including a Sparrowhawk, 2 Tree Pipits and 3 Redstarts.   Siskins were again the dominant species overhead along with Sparrowhawk, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Tree Pipit etc.

Ringing totals today - 1 Sparrowhawk / Spurvehoeg;  2 Tree Pipit / Skovpiber;  1 Wren / Gaerdesmutte;  10 Robin / Roedhals;  3 Redstart / Roedstjert;  1 Song Thrush / Sangdrossel;  1 Lesser Whitethroat  / Tornsanger;  1 Garden Warbler / Havesanger;  3 Blackcap / Munk;  2 Chiffchaff / Gransanger;  1 Greenfinch / Groenirisk;  1 Siskin / Groensisken;  1 Yellowhammer / Gulspurv

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Sparrowhawk

                The afternoon’s main feature was good numbers of raptors passing through (probably the highest numbers so far this autumn); my totals – from walking across the fields to the north of Gedser (1300-1630) comprised 110+ Sparrowhawks, 13 Honey Buzzards, 10 Common Buzzards, 23+ Kestrels, 3 Marsh Harriers and single Osprey, Merlin and Hobby but these totals are a little snapshot of the numbers which passed through as they were moving on a very broad front and many other raptor shaped dots were in the distance either side of me!   The only other bird of note was a male Serin which was flying around the garden and Birkemose late afternoon.

For more pictures from around Gedser www.wykebirding.blogspot.com

En god dag slutter med æblekage

lørdag 10. september 2016
af Johanne Øhlers Aagaard

Da vi stod op til en flot stjerneklar himmel forventede vi ikke at der ville være den store aktivitet i haven i dag. Vi blev heldigvis positiv overrasket allerede på første runde hvor der hang en del fugle i nettene, derefter stilnede det langsomt af. Blandt dagens ringmærkede fugle var flest rødhalse og gransangere, særligt at bemærke var 1 græshoppesanger, 2 spurvehøge og 3 rødryggede tornskader. Så på trods af det alt for gode efterårsvejr med høj sol og varme endte vi med 108 ringmærkninger, vi håber dog på at det snart bliver lidt mere efterårsagtigt i vejret så vi kan få flere fugle i nettene.

GræshoppesangerGræshoppesanger (Locustella naevia). Foto: Simon Davies

Der var heldigvis stadigvæk lidt fugle på runderne da der ankom en gruppe gæster der skulle høre om arbejdet her på fuglestation og vi kunne fremvise flere forskellige arter heriblandt de to spurvehøge til stor beundring for gæsterne.

Efter middag blev det meget varmt i haven hvilket resulterede i flere nulrunder hvorefter vi lukkede ned i nogen timer, inden vi til aften åbnede spurvehøg nettene for at se om der skulle gå spruvehøge til rast i haven.

Clausjannic og Nina havde lavet lækker svensk pølseret som vi spise sammen udendørs i den lune eftersåraften til derssert havde jeg lavet gammeldags æblekage med æbler fra haven, hvilket var en skøn afslutning på en god dag. 

Nu forsøger vi at fange den natugle der har siddet og kaldt i haven de sidste nætter – om det lykkes eller ej må i læse i morgen.

Total 108

Spurvehøg / Sparrowhawk - 2
Skovpiber / Tree Pipit - 1
Gærdesmutte / Wren - 1
Jernspurv / Dunnock - 4
Rødhals / Robin - 42
Rødstjert / Redstart - 7
Sangdrossel / Song Thrush - 1
Græshoppesanger / Grasshopper Warbler - 1
Kærsanger / Marsh Warbler - 1
Rørsanger / Reed Warbler - 2
Gærdesanger / Lesser Whitethtoat - 4
Munk / Blackcap - 5
Gransanger / Chiffchaff - 23
Løvsanger / Willow Warbler - 5
Fuglekonge / Goldcrest - 2
Rødtoppet fuglekonge / Firecrest - 1
Rødrygget tornskade / Red-backed Shrike - 3
Skovspurv / Tree Sparrow - 2
Bogfinke /Chaffinch - 1

A day of two halves

fredag 9. september 2016
af Simon Davies

A bit misty and murky through the morning with a much fresher westerly breeze; the slight change in conditions brought a few more birds to the nets with 65 new birds caught highlighted by single Red-breasted Flycatcher (the third of the autumn), Firecrest and Wood Warbler along with a Sparrowhawk, 13 Robins, 11 Chiffchaffs, a Reed Warbler, 5 Redstarts and 2 Pied Flycatchers amongst others.   Overhead passage was slightly reduced in the murky conditions first thing with a few Finches including Siskins and Crossbills but mid-morning when it cleared a bit there was a big pulse of 600+ Chaffinches which passed over the garden heading SW in a handful of big flocks.   There was a Hummingbird Hawkmoth very briefly on the Buddleia by the front door late morning but disappeared almost instantly!

               

Today's totals - 1 Sparrowhawk / Spurvehoeg;  13 Robin / Roedhals;  5 Redstart / Roedstjert;  1 Song Thrush / Sangdrossel;  1 Reed Warbler / Roersanger;  4 Lesser Whitethroat / Gaerdesanger;  7 Whitethroat / Tornsanger;  7 Blackcap / Munk;  1 Wood Warbler / Skovsanger;  11 Chiffchaff / Gransanger;  9 Willow Warbler / Loevsanger;  1 Firecrest / Roedtoppet Fuglekonge;  1 Spotted Flycatcher / Gra Fluesnapper;  1 Red-breasted Flycatcher / Lille Fluesnapper;  2 Pied Flycatcher / Broget Fluesnapper

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Firecrest

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Wood Warbler

The afternoon reverted back to the warm, sunny, tropical weather of late but a look off the point late afternoon (1645-1815) was more productive than yesterday as quite a few Duck and Wader flocks headed south including 116 Wigeon, 10 Shoveler, 20 Teal, 6 Pintail, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 129 Dunlin, 2 Grey Plover and a Bar-tailed Godwit; other birds included 2 Arctic Skuas, 48 Sandwich Terns, 3 Common Terns and a Great-crested Grebe while a steady stream of c700 Swallows piled south.

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Grey Plover

For more pictures from around Gedser please see www.wykebirding.blogspot.com

Tropical

onsdag 7. september 2016
af Simon Davies

The glorious summer like conditions continue but the tropical weather doesn’t really equate to large numbers of birds in the nets as we just managed 29 new birds through the morning but the total was highlighted by a smart first winter Red-breasted Flycatcher.   There were far fewer birds overhead as well with a few flocks of Siskins and Chaffinches first thing but these soon petered out before a few Sparrowhawks started moving through.

Today's totals - 1 Sparrowhawk / Spurvehoeg;  1 Tree Pipit / Skovpiber;  8 Robin / Roedhals;  2 Redstart / Roedstjert;  1 Blackbird / Solsort;  1 Reed Warbler / Roersanger;  7 Lesser Whitethroat / Gaerdesanger;  1 Whitethroat / Tornsanger;  3 Blackcap / Munk;  2 Chiffchaff / Gransanger;  1 Willow Warbler / Loevsanger;  1 Red-breasted Flycatcher / Lille Fluesnapper

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Red-breasted Flycatcher

                There were a few raptors from the point in the afternoon (1500-1730) including single Osprey, Honey Buzzard and Marsh Harrier with 22 Sparrowhawks but yet again they were all nowhere near the actual tip, all passing by far off to the west over the fields; other birds during the watch included a single Little Gull, a flock of 8 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Red-necked Grebe, 39 Sandwich Terns, 10 Common Terns, 15 Common Scoter, 3 Wigeon and 2 Swifts with a trickle of hirundines.

For more Gedser pictures visit www.wykebirding.blogspot.com

An autumnal theme

tirsdag 6. september 2016
af Alex Penn

 

Today dawned clear and still, and with the dawn came a mass exodus of birds from the garden - amazing to see big numbers of Dunnocks and Robins calling, flying up and heading southwards. Correspondingly the majority of birds caught today were Robins (47) and Dunnocks (19) with the first 2 Wrens of the autumn too. 

129 new birds were processed, consisting of:

Gærdesmutte/Wren - 2, Jernspurv/Dunnock - 19, Rødhals/Robin - 47, Rødstjert/Redstart - 3, Kærsanger/ Marsh Warbler - 1, Gulbug/Icterine Warbler - 1, Gærdesanger/Lesser Whitethroat - 18, Havesanger/Garden Warbler - 2, Munk/Blackcap - 7, Gransanger/Chiffchaff - 10, Løvsanger/Willow Warbler - 4, Grå Fluesnapper/ Spotted Flycatcher - 2, Broget Fluesnapper/Pied Flycatcher - 2, Blåmejse/Blue Tit - 1, Rødrygget Tornskade/Red-backed Shrike - 1, Skovspurv/Tree Sparrow - 8, Gulspurv/Yellowhammer - 1.  

A juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard was briefly seen circling the fields north of the Observatory in the afternoon today, the first of the autumn. Siskins and Redpolls were moving over the garden throughout the morning, as well as smaller numbers of Tree Pipit and Yellow Wagtail. 

 MG 0107This Hedgehog posed for a photo today before returning to reducing the garden's slug population

 MG 0132Red Admirals were present in good numbers today, an increase on previous days.

 

 

Autumn is definately here now

mandag 5. september 2016
af Simon Davies

Pretty breezy through the day but the wind had swung round to the NE (the first time in ages that there was no west in the wind) which did the trick and produced a much better ringing total of 99 new birds with the obvious highlight being a corking adult male Red-breasted Flycatcher; the rest of the catch was very autumnal including the first 4 Goldcrests of the autumn in amongst 41 Robins, 9 Tree Pipits, 10 Redstarts etc.

Today's totals - 9 Tree Pipit / Skovpiber;  2 Dunnock / Jernspurv;  41 Robin / Roedhals;  10 Redstart / Roedstjert;  6 Lesser Whitethroat / Gaerdesanger;  1 Whitethroat / Tornsanger;  4 Garden Warbler / Havesanger;  6 Blackcap / Munk;  11 Willow Warbler / Loevsanger;  4 Goldcrest / Fuglekonge;  1 Spotted Flycatcher / Gra Fluesnapper;  1 Red-breasted Flycatcher / Lille Fluesnapper;  1 Pied Flycatcher / Broget Fluesnapper;  2 Tree Sparrow / Skovspurv

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Stunner!

                Birds over the garden through the morning included Crossbills, Siskins, Chaffinches, Grey Wagtail and many Tree Pipits and Swallows (a small percentage of what passed through out on the point).

                I went out to the point in the afternoon (1420-1700) where my totals included the highlights of a juvenile Caspian Gull which flew low over the tip and 23 Cranes in two flocks; other birds of note were good numbers of ducks with 81 Pintail, 195 Wigeon, 70 Teal, 112 Common Scoter, 2 Shoveler and a Velvet Scoter along with a Black-throated Diver, 22 Oystercatchers, a Knot, 20 Turnstone and 45 Common Terns while raptors were scarce with just 3 Sparrowhawks, a Hobby and a Merlin.   There was also a steady passage of southbound Swallows and Yellow Wagtails with only a flock of 11 Siskins being any different.   [we did miss all the action out on the tip though with 3 Tawny Pipits and 15+ Long-tailed Skuas being the day's highlights out there!]

For more pictures from around Gedser www.wykebirding.blogspot.com

Nice weather for ducks

søndag 4. september 2016
af Alex Penn

Heavy rain dominated most of the early morning today so standardised ringing didn't happen. Instead, I took the rare chance of a lie-in, and later went to the point for a seawatch as a few ducks were moving south. Simon opened a small number of nets later in the day in a clear spell, catching 10 new birds:

Tree Pipit/Skovpiber - 2, Robin/Rødhals - 1, Lesser Whitethroat/Gærdesanger - 2, Whitethroat/Tornsanger - 1, Garden Warbler/Havesanger - 1, Blackcap/Munk  -1, Willow Warbler/Løvsanger - 1, Tree Sparrow/Skovspurv - 1.

My 3 hour seawatch in the early afternoon produced highlights of 72 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 39 Wigeon, 20 Shoveler, 3 Teal, 11 Pintail, 6 Goosander, 5 Swift, a Black-throated Diver, 1 Black Tern, 1 juv Little Gull, 3 Grey Plover and a Red-necked Grebe. Tree Pipits and Swallows were heading south throughout too. 

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Feels like autumn but where are the birds?

lørdag 3. september 2016
af Simon Davies

A much more autumnal feeling morning (apart from the lack of birds!) - overcast with a moderate westerly wind with little bits of drizzle moving through; there was however an almost complete lack of birds in the garden and therefore in the nets we could open with just 8 new birds ringed, two Redstarts the best of it!

Todays totals (for what they are worth!) - 1 Dunnock / Jernspurv;  2 Redstart / Roedstjert;  1 Blackbird / Solsort;  2 Lesser Whitethroat / Gaerdesanger;  1 Garden Warbler / Havesanger;  1 Willow Warbler / Loevsanger

                After the drizzle had moved through at lunchtime there was a brief burst of raptors moving through as my counts included 18 Honey Buzzards and an Osprey with a few Sparrowhawks, Kestrels and Marsh Harriers – pretty much all of them moved to the west of the station with many of them heading due west into the wind over Gedser town and Kroghage.

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Honey Buzzard

                A walk out to the point and north along the coast late afternoon then produced 3 Marsh Harriers and a flock of 12 Ruff south with 4 Common Sandpipers and a Turnstone on the beach.

For more pictures from around Gedser see www.wykebirding.blogspot.com


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