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A late start with a nice suprise
After some days ringing with Morten, today I had to do the ringing alone again. Unfortunately the weather did not fully corporate because the nets could not be opened until 9. On the second round there was a rosefinch in the nets. This was my first rosefinch in Denmark, so this was very nice. For the next one I hope it will be an adult male, since they are more beautiful than the plain females. In the maintime Henrik was birding in the area and could see it as well, shortly before he heard a Caspian tern calling. Bent was also at the station, so he saw it as well. In the mean time, Bello was at Skallingen so he missed it.
In the afternoon Bello went to bring some stuff back to Århus.
Garden warbler 3/0
Willow warbler 1/0
Crested tit 0/2
People at the station: Bent, Henrik, Bello and Menno
Farvel til Morten
Igen til morgen regnfuldt, så begrænset med fugle i området. En Kærsanger sad og sang ved militærtårnet og Mikkel så en Lærkefalk trække mod øst.
På stranden har Dværgternerne travlt med at piske ind og ud af hegningen, hvilket tyder på at der må være unger i flere af rederne. Kunne dog ikke tjekke nærmere, da der skydning. Det har der været de sidste par dage, hvilket har være meget positivt, så Dværgternerne ikke er blevet forstyrret mens regnen har silet ned, og har kunnet ligge i fred på rederne og varme ungerne.
Morten trak i dag igen mod nordøst. Charlotte kom i går for at køre ham til Stavtrup i dag, så han kan passe sin CES ringmærkning. Inden han forlod Blåvand fik han taget nogle flere WNV prøver.
Blåvand Fuglestation siger stort tak til Morten for indsatsen og håber at se ham igen, måske senere på året.
I alt 19
Another autumn day in summer
Today was another day where we could practice how to quickly open and close the nets again. I can not remember having bad days like this in March, and now it is summer…. The frustrating thing today was how wrong the DMI is. When the DMI predicted only a little amount of rain for one hour, there was actually plenty of rain. But in the late afternoon it cleared up a bit and we were able to open again. Although there were not many birds, it was good to catch anything in the lighthouse after a completely empty day and mourning.
Although the weather was very rough, it was quite busy with people today. Anders finished his work on the database and made it work on the new computer, which we are thankful for. It is at least 4 times faster than the older one. Bent also came along. And Charlotte arrived in the afternoon, tomorrow she will leave with Morten. The downside of staying this long is that you see almost everybody leave. To have a memorable evening, Morten made another delicious lasagna. Morten also made it as one of the first meals here and we really enjoyed back then as well.
Lesser whitethroat 0/1
Willow warbler 1/0
Pied flycatcher 1/0
Crested tit 0/1
Great tit 0/1
People at the station: Morten, Bent, Anders, Charlotte, Bello and Menno
From rain to sun and warm weather, but strong wind from south all day and very few birds around
We woke up to nearly constant rainy conditions and strong wind from south.
Not the best weather for trying to catch birds in nets, so I took a rest and turned on my other side in the bed for two extra hours of sleep.
When I came up at 6 o´clock Menno had tried to open some nets at the Ligthhouse garden and got 2 recaptures.
I then tried some nets in the stations garden, but none of us could make it a standard ringing session, as we constantly had to open and close nets, when showers came in.
Menno gave up at midday with no more birds in the Ligthhouse garden and still stronger wind.
We kept some nets open at the station until dinner time, but the wind, and now a lot of sun after the rain, made the nets visible and the day total of birds in nets was depressing low.
Best bird was a young Treecreeper – first one ringed this season.
Last time the species was ringed here in spring was back in 2019.
One of the recaptures was an Icterine Warbler ringed nearly a year ago on 10.th of June 2021.
Young Treecreeper Photo: Morten Jenrich
Anders Z. took another round of updating the database and transferred it to the new computer, so now we just need to catch some birds to enjoy entering data on a faster computer.
Bent took a walk to the beach, where the Little Terns still was on their nests.
They were hard to see with the sand blowing strongly at ground height, but yesterday in the better weather conditions a visitor had photographed the first pullus young this year. The young laying just beside its parent Little Tern.
Anders Z. had a walk around Mosen with nothing new to report from there, and we all took this day as a kind of off day.
Tomorrow also looks hard in the morning with rain and wind, but hopefully a little better options for opening nets during the day.
Icterine Warbler 0/1
Common Whitethroat 0/1
Crested Tit 0/1
People at the station: Bent, Anders Z., Menno, Bello and Morten
The heat brought us some excitements.
While the ringers opened the nets Henrik K, my friend Louise and I kept the beds warm. around 5 I woke up trying to do some seawatch. After a short while I heard some small calling sounds and cheked it out, and found the first rosefinch for the season, but it wasn´t the rosefinch that made the call it was a juvenile redpoll sitting next to it, just as i wanted to call it out on zello Henrik made a message that he found a Red-breasted Flycather in the area opposite of the station. When I came down morten was already there and i saw the tail of it but it was in the area for some time. Menno chaught a beauty of a Crossbill around 5 also!
Male Crossbill Photo Morten Jenrich
I continued at the sea, joined by Bjørn, And a Local couple from Varde. We found a 3k Caspian Gull and an Egyptian goose.
After some breakfast i took a nap and in the meen time Henrik had seen a possible palid swift but despite the amount of details he saw he only had it shortly and didnt get proper documentation sadly.
Louise tried to hold and release a Common Whitethroat and a Crested Tit that Morten already ringed. Afterwards we went to the city to get some icecream and shop a bit, we wanted to make a bbq as the weather was finally rather comfortable.
When we came back we had some lunch and then went to the beach.
In the evening we had the Bbq and a rather big amount of Swifts was flying around the lighthouse.
After the dinner Louise drow home to Aarhus again.
House Martin 1/0
Song Thrush 1/0
Lesser Whitethroat 2/1
Common Whitethroat 5/2
Spotted Flycatcher 1/0
Crested Tit 5/1
Common Crossbill 1/0
People at the station: Bello, Henrik Kristensen, Anders, Svend Aage, Menno, Morten, Louise, Bjørn.
People coming in for "Pinsen"
During the day we had nearly more people at the birdobservatory than birds.
Anders came to update the database for ringdata, Bent came around and installed a new computer, Louise stayed and walked around with Bello, Henrik K. arrived for a weekend here, while Menno and I took care og 15 hours with all nets open.
It did gave me a few blodsamples for the WestNileVirus screening, but Menno had the best birds in the hand with a juvenile Stonechat (Sortstrubet Bynkefugl) and a recapture of an old Common Whitethroat (Tornsanger). That bird was ringed by Bent back in 2019 as an already adult male, so now it its at an age of 6k+.
A little funny story is, that the bird also was recaptured exactly one year ago on 4.th of June 2021.
From the walks in the area and the observations at the beach the best birds was 2 Artic Skuas (Almindelig Kjove), one Guillemot (Lomvie), a “white egret” probably a Great White Egret (Sølvhejre) but seen flying at too long distance and a White-tailed Eagle (Havørn).
We hope to have more birds to report tomorrow, as the weather looks promising with calm wind and higher temperatures – and not at least, more eyes to find the birds.
Young Stonechat. Photo Menno den Uijl
White Wagtail 1/0
Icterine Warbler 2/0
Common Whitethroat 0/3
Common Chiffchaff 0/1
Willow Warbker 0/1
Spotted Flycatcher 0/0
Crested Tit 0/1
Coal Tit 2/0
Great tit 0/3
People at the station: Bent, Mikkel, Menno, Louise, Henrik K, Anders Z. and Morten
Best bird a dead bird?
Today the ringing was quite slow, probably because of the time of year and the northwestern winds. The number of trans Saharan birds was also low, so Morten was not able to sample that many birds today. Maybe the best bird was brought to us by Anders M.. It was in completely fresh plumage, so that indicates that it is born this year here in the bog. It might not have been able to find enough food or had some kind of desease. Some more positive news is from the bluethroats, which also successfully bred in the bog.
At the end of the day Anders M. saw a eagle species at Groningen. He was not sure about the species and put it on Zello. We decided to post for some time and besides some buzzard we saw nothing. At some point I saw an eagle species at a very big distance, because of the movement of the hot air it was impossible to see anything on the bird. If it does not turn around and come to blavand again, we will never know which species it was.
White wagtail 2/0
Black redstart 1/0
Lesser whitethroat 1/0
Common whitethroat 1/0
Common chiffchaff 3/1
Spotted flycatcher 3/0
Crested tit 0/1
Great tit 3/0
People at the station: Bent, Mikkel, Morten, Anders M., Anders Z. and Menno
A day short of birds
Rain showers in the early morning and too much wind from northwest gave us a day without the standard catching of birds.
I did try to open some of the nets when the rain had stopped around 7, but only half of the nets were enough sheltered from the wind to be open.
After 3 hours I closed them again – not a single bird had been in a net at that time.
At the beach Menno, Bello and I did some observations in the late morning after the rain.
It was very slow with movements of birds over the sea.
Only a few Gannets and Red-throated Divers amongst the Common Scooters, gulls and terns.
Best bird of the session was a roosting Great Skua some way out on the sea.
Then Bent arrived and was so kind to lend his car to Bello and I.
We had to post the WestNileVirus blod samples from Oksbøl before midday, to make sure they arrive at Statens Serum Institut within 24 hours.
When we were in Oksbøl, we made a big shopping of supplies.
Now we have food for the next 5 days to end of “pinse”, and can use our time in the field without thinking of shopping.
Meanwhile Bent made a walk in the surroundings – checking the Little Terns – but didn´t get any other really notable birds on that tour.
I could later confirm that in a walk before dinner.
My best birds around Mosen were a couple of Grey Partridge and a singing Marsh Warbler.
End of a slow day – we will be back tomorrow in better weather conditions!
People at the station: Bent, Bello, Menno and Morten
Young ones in the nets
We had all nets open in both gardens from 04:30 till 18 o`clock and continued at the station till 20.
It did not produce high numbers, but we did get some of the young tits, that are coming straight out of their nests in these days.
Both Coal Tits (Sortmejse), Great Tits (Musvit) and Crested Tits (Topmejse) was on the move.
I took my time at the stations ringing laboratory, as I was asked by the Danish ringing central to contributed to the national scheme of monitoring long distance migrants for West Nile Virus.
It involves taking a little blood sample from the wing of the bird and keep the sample cold till it is send for analysis at Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen.
Menno took care of the birds caught in the Lighthouse garden and that arrangenment went well on a long day.
We might not be able to open nets tomorrow in windy conditions and some showers predicted for the morning, so we hoped to get most out of today.
It ended with a day total of 33 ringed birds and 7 recaptured.
Young Coal Tits. Photo: Mikkel Bello
Young Great Tits. Photo: Mikkel Bello
A young Goldcrest (Fuglekonge). Photo: Menno
Bello did some walks at the beach and at “Mosen” and on the moorland behind, but did not find any special birds this day.
Best was 3 singing Sedged Warblers (Sivsanger) and 2 Caspian Gulls (Kaspisk Måge).
On the beach the Little Terns (Dværgterne) have made a fast respons to Sundays reparations of the tilted fence around their nesting area.
On Sunday there were 4 active nests, Monday had 7 active nests and now there are 8.
We cross our fingers and hope, that tomorrows wind from northwest won´t make a new ravage of the tern colony.
White Wagtail (2/1)
Icterine warbler (4/0)
Sedge warbler (1/0)
Marsh warbler (1/0)
Common Whitethroat (1/1)
Willow warbler (0/1)
Great Tit (9/0)
Crested Tit (3/1)
Coal Tit (3/0)
Lesser Redpoll (1/2)
People at the station: Bello, Menno and Morten
A short retrospect of the month May
Last month, May we were able to have the nets up for 28 days. On one of these days, we could not start at the standardized time because of the harsh weather conditions. On most of the days we continued catching up until late afternoon in the hope to get a rarity in the nets. In total we ringed 599 new birds and had over 150 recaptures.
The most numerous species were as you can expect the chiffchaff and willow warbler. It was also nice to see that there has been some passage of trans Saharan migrants, with besides willow warbler but also around 20 records of pied flycatcher, Common whitethroat, Lesser whitethroat, Icterine warbler and common redstart. Highlight of the month were the red breasted flycatcher, house martin, barn swallows and nightingale.