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Is this the beginning of autumn migration?

tirsdag 9. juli 2024
af Hanelie Sidhu

Autumn_res.jpgWith the mowed field, it is easy to believe, that the autumn season is starting soon.

The ringing:

There was definitely a change in the garden today and yesterday. Species composition is getting different. While during real spring season, when I was here in May and June, it was mainly Icterine Warblers “Gulbug”, Lesser Whitethroats “Gærdesanger” Garden Warblers “Havesanger” and stationary breeders, mainly Linnets "Tornirisk", that we caught, but now, the F ring sheet is filling again. This is our smallest ring size, which the Chiffchaff “Gransanger” gets, and today again, it was mainly 1K Chiffchaffs “Gransanger”, that I had in the nets. In general, IKs are getting dominant. One and a half weeks ago, we already noticed quite a lot of Eiders ”Ederfugle”, that seemed on their way back to their wintering grounds. I have not been at the tip recently, the last days, just the garden and the house were my universe. But in the last mornings, I noticed a lot of Graylegs “Grågas” and flocks of Starlings “Stær” over the garden.  

I am still hoping for a good day at the pond, before I leave, today and yesterday with the low winds, it was possible to have it open, but without success. On the way to check the once again empty pond nets, I noticed a Great Spotted Woodpecker “Stor Flagspætte” calling on top of a tree next to the high net. It is sitting a bit too high, I thought and continued my way around the pond and back to the garden. But I had the luck on my side, when I arrived at the high net, the Woodpecker was already there. So it was a quite nice morning with a little more and different birds in the nets than the days before.

Musvit_1k_res.jpg1K Great Tit "Musvit"


The moths:

Again, a night with low winds. Were there to expect  as many moths as yesterday in the trap? When I went to the wall and opened the trap, I saw that it was not so many. To be honest, this was also not too bad, because I felt that it was really time to take a bit of rest, and there was no time for that yesterday and I still wanted to do the moth list (it is in yesterdays blog). There were still two new, rather common species, Nola cucullatella “Tjærne pukkelvinge” and Eilema lurieola “Blygrå lavspinder”, but I liked them.

N._cucullatella_res.new.jpgNola cucullatella “Tjærne pukkelvinge”

Schuh_res.jpgEilema lurieola “Blygrå lavspinder”


På stationen: Hanelie Sidhu and our guest Karen