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Not much to ring, so an afternoon of birding

tirsdag 30. oktober 2018
Little Gulls and Whooper Swans provide interest while the ringing site is very quiet
af Denise LAMSDELL

Nets in use were very much limited by the changed wind direction, now from the South East. It was a slow morning and the total reached just 33, even with extra time after standard netting and five Meadow Pipits again from non standard nets.

P1340756The beach at Birkamose

In the afternoon we decided to look at the beaches, beaches that have been completely covered in water over the last couple of days due to the terrible weather conditions allowing no chance to lamp waders at night. There is now a thick covering of weed in many areas with no sign of the Sanderling that we've been seeing. There were around 40 or so Little Gulls feeding just offshore.

P1340774 First year Little Gull

P1340808Little Gull adult

As we drove back to the observatory a flock of 49 Whooper Swans landed in the fields between Birkamose and the lighthouse.

P1340850Whooper Swans

Ringing Totals: 33 (18)

Engpiber / Meadow Pipit - 5
Gærdesmutte / Wren – 0 (1)
Rødhals / Robin –  4 (5)
Solsort / Blackbird – 5 (4)
Sangdrossel / Song Thrush - 1
Gransanger / Chiffchaff - 1
Fuglekonge / Goldcrest–  11 (2)
Blåmejse / Blue Tit – 1 (2)
Musvit / Great Tit – 0 (1)
Bogfinke / Chaffinch – 0 (1)
Grønsisken / Siskin - 2
Lille Gråsisken / Lesser Redpoll - 1
Stor Dompap / Northern Bullfinch – 1
Dompap / Western Bullfinch - 1 (1)