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Gull-Topia..

torsdag 24. august 2017
and Wren-wrestling :)
af SSt & CSc

Vejr: direction - SO (135); speed - 10 m/s; cloud cover - 6/8; visibility - 18+ km; temperature - 16,1°C 

Today, Henrik was all on his own at the migration count. However, he was rewarded for his actions. Although the day was calm with low numbers of birds, he had an amazing list of gulls today, TEN species (Herring Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Greater Black Backed Gull, Common Gull, Black-Headed Gull, Kittiwake, Little Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Caspian Gull, Yellow Legged Gull). Raptor migration was nice as well (Marsh Harrier, Peregrine falcon, okay numbers of Kestrels...).

On the other hand, the Austrians got what they deserved for being three people at the nets again: not many species and only few individuals, including a little bit of rain at the end of the ringing period. Sandra faced the challenge of taking her first Wren out of the net, a welcome practise on a calm day. The picture shows a rather ruffled, but this is due to the wind and not because of Sandra's handling :). 

Ringmærkning: Garden Warbler (2), Wren (1), Blackcap (2), Willow Warbler (5), Pied Flycatcher (1), Bullfinch (1). In Total: 12 individuals of 5 species. 


Wren

In the evening, Kim and Maria arrived for their regular stay at the station, they will be here for a couple of nights now. Kim already told us a lot about his passion about butterflies and moths, and we are excited to (hopefully) be able to join him finding some moths over these days. 

Looks like we are all going for migration counting tomorrow rather than ringing, so.. stay tuned, more eyes might see more nice birds to report.
Sandra & Christian

One ring to rule them all.. 52 rings actually!

onsdag 23. august 2017
About good weather and great ringing!
af SSt & CSc

Vejr: direction - NO (40); speed - 2 m/s; cloud cover - 4-5/8; visibility - 15 km (little foggy); temperature - 11,8°C

Migration counting was very quiet today. An early Arctic Skua in bad light and a Spotted Redshank was as good as it got today, so David and Henrik were not rewarded for their hard work this time unfortunately. However, Tree Pipits and Yellow Wagtails were more common today, compared to the previous week.

On the other hand, ringing was phenomenal, at least compared to the previous days, and much appreciated by us (the Austrians), as we had a nice spectrum of species and individuals. Among them was a really nice Nuthatch, which is quite an uncommon sight at Blåvand Fuglestation. Spotted Flycatchers and a Common Treecreeper were pushing the happiness really quickly and Reed Warblers were a nice identificiation challenge, first time for Christian to have one in the hand. 

Nuthatch

Ringmærkning: Dunnock (6), Robin (2), Common Redstart (3), Blackbird (2), Reed Warbler (2), Lesser Whitethroat (1), Common Whitethroat (1), Garden Warbler (8), Blackcap (2), Willow Warbler (14), Spotted Flycatcher (2), Pied Flycatcher (1), Nuthatch (1), Common Treecreeper (1), Tree Sparrow (2), Bullfinch (3), Yellowhammer (1). In Total: 52 individuals in 17 species.

Due to the nice weather we managed to get some nice clips for the video we are making about the Blåvand Fuglestation as well, so... stay tuned for this one in a few weeks. See you tomorrow,
Sandra & Christian 

Back to life.. back to ringing!

tirsdag 22. august 2017
Finally, some ringing again...
af SSt & CSc

Vejr: direction - NV (313); speed - 10 m/s; cloud cover - 6/8; visibility - 18+ km; temperature - 14.6°C

Today's migration counting went slowly. It was still pretty windy in the morning and satisfying flocks of waders and terns stayed out for the entire count. Not even Oystercatchers and Black Scoters appeared in decent flocks and instead, only showed in low numbers. However, Teals and Kittiwakes were a little(!) more frequent than the previous week and thus gave a little bit of diversion to the usual sightings. The most interesting birds today were 5 Velvet Scoters and a Great Skua. The Skua stayed at the beach for several hours and after counting, we could get some nice record shots from a fairly satisfying distance. Here is a collection of some of the shots we took:

Great Skua

Bent and Sandra were happy to finally pick up ringing again and were successful compared to the previous days, which unfortunately have been too rainy and windy for ringing. A welcome surprise was a Willow Tit, not only for Sandra, Christian and Bent, but also for Henrik and Jørgen. This picture shows the Willow Tit and Bent's Fingers :).


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Ringmærkning: Willow Warbler (1), Willow Tit (1), Blackcap (2), Garden Warbler (1), Whitethroat (1), Bullfinch (2), Blackbird (2), Dunnock (2), Lesser Whitethroat (1). Total: 9 Species and 13 individuals.

We are hoping for the best tomorrow, so far the weather looks very promising, so.. stay tuned,

Sandra & Christian

Ingen "brune bryster" på obsen

mandag 21. august 2017
Højtgående Strandskader
af Babs

Vejr: Endelig en dag uden regn... august har været ond... Den hårde NV (305) 13 m/s fik bugt med regnen...der var blot et par stink i luften..Senere aftog vinden og kom ned på 8 m/s.  Dagen startede rigtig mørk og overskyet, senere opklaring og lidt sol 5-8/8. Sigten var præget af dis 15 km. Temperaturen lå på 15-17 grader.

Vi var en stor flok på Hukket i dag, ud over os faste havde vi Lars Tom og Jørgen Rabøl med.... Rabøl og Sandra tog dog flugten efter en times tid... Der var helt godt gang i Strandskaderne i dag.... Trækket var dog lidt anderledes end det plejer, da samtlige flokke gik temmelig højt og ca. 90 procent af alle flokkene skulle ned og stå på Hukket mellem 2 og 10 min. inden de skulle videre.. Samlet bød dagen på over 1400 fugle... Heraf var de 500 fra om eftermiddagen, hvor jeg tog et par timer på Nordhukket. Om eftermiddagen gik fuglene forsat højt, men gik ikke længere ned... hvilket måske var pga. af at det var maks højvande på det tidspunkt... Selv om vi eller retter sagt nok mest undertegnde dagdrømte om de "brune bryster" fra Holland og Tyskland.... så kom den ikke.... og tanken om den knækkede da Holland meldte om den i sydgående retning.... ikke noget med "langt" lys på Hukket i dag....Highlights var lidt Almindelige Kjover samt en Storkjove.

På trods af den hårde blæst var der faktisk en del småfugle der hoppede rundt omkring Fyret... men desværre fik jeg først lusket lidt rundt sent om eftermiddagen...og der var løbet kørt.... Sven Bødker kom ud i dag og forkælede os med dejlig mad... han tryllede den herligste æggekage sammen...så de vindblæste observatører råspiste så bukseknappen strammede...

Lidt brok skal der selvfølgelig ind over "mine" dagbøger..... I dag mens der var højvande skulle flere turister have deres børn til at skræmme de rastende Splitterner op, mens forældrene stod og filmede, mens der blev grint højlydt.... Jeg er nok ved at være en sur gammel mand.... men folk bliver bare dummere og dummere... og så praler vi af at vi bliver mere og mere uddannet... suk siger jeg bare fremtiden lover ikke godt...Det blev også til endnu en ulovlig beachvogn med sejl på stranden...Den stigende turisme bliver et problem i fremtiden....

HKn

We tried.. we really tried...

søndag 20. august 2017
...but in the end, the weather beat us, again!
af SSt & CSc

Vejr: direction - V; speed - 10 to 15 m/s; cloud cover - 8/8; temperature - 15.0 °C

We are truly sorry, but although we tried really hard, the weather beat us again today. The second we reached our counting location for the seabird migration, it started pouring again (thunder and lightning included) and after 20 minutes and only 3 Common Scoters (and some gulls that were not distinguishable due to the bad visibility), we accepted our defeat and went back to the station. Here is a picture to show our mood and defeat, the moment we gave up (5 seconds out and the phone was completely wet, hence the bad quality). Unfortunately, this is the last picture of this umbrella being alive, may it rest in peace, we surely will never forget it's support:

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On the plus side, Lars, Denna and Jørgn arrived at the station, so we once again found out how easy-going Danish birdwatchers really are (big compliment).
We hope you are as eager for more information on the actual migration as we are,

Sandra & Christian

Rainy day is picture day!

lørdag 19. august 2017
No counting today, but some figurative compensation (photos)
af SSt & CSc

Vejr: direction - SV; speed - 8 to 12 m/s; cloud cover - 8/8; temperature - 15.0 °C

Due to the very wet morning today, we neither counted, nor ringed birds. The whole day was very unstable, it basically showed every facette from nice and sunny to doomsday. Even the weather forecast had problems getting it right, we checked several times and were surprised by the complete opposite not only once. In the evening, we received a nice visit by Torbjørn and Peter and had some interesting talks about nature and conservation. Furthermore, the bad weather offered us an opportunity to look through some of the pictures from yesterday. We would like to show you two pictures of species, which we hope you can, despite their frequency, still enjoy as much as we did.

This one shows a juvenile, dark-morph Arctic Skua, Stercorarius parasiticus, just before unsuccessfully chasing a Sandwich Tern. We have very low numbers of Arctic Skuas in Austria (skuas in general actually), so this bird was nice ID-practise for us. 

Arctic Skua

This picture shows a juvenile Sanderling, Calidris alba, a scarse bird to us aswell, as a lot fewer birds travel across mainland in Europa than those migrating along the coast. 

Sanderling

Let's hope, we can report from ringing and migration counting tomorrow, fingers crossed,

Sandra & Christian

A day of perfect timing..

fredag 18. august 2017
Tipperne: A cosmopolitan melting pot!
af SSt & CSc

Vejr: direction - SV (221); speed - 4 m/s; cloud cover - 8/8; visibility - 18+ km; temperature - 17.6°C

Migration counts started slowly, but with a nice amount of terns and gulls perched on the beach. As water levels rose and military exercises didn't take place today, the perched gulls and terns were flashed and then left the beach, luckily we have counted them early enough (great timing!). Waders aswell as Common Scoters were low in number today, but a floating flock of about 850 Great Cormorants was nice to watch (and challenging to count). Oystercatchers reached up to nearly 1.000 birds with, on average, bigger flock sizes than the previous days of the week. 

Ringing was extremely quiet today, and apparently there is not much to say besides than: better times are sure to come at some point :).

Ringmærkning: Common Whitethroat (1), Dunnock (1), Common Redstart (1), Willow Warbler (1). In total: 4 birds of 4 species.

After some anger on an unidentified juvenile harrier (which passed by just a bit to late to be identified properly), we finished our counting duties and immediately started off to Tipperne as fast as we could, as all of us were keen to seeing the interesting falcon spotted yesterday. Luckily enough, we arrived and had good flight views just before the bird disappeared again so... perfect timing. We then chose to change location and accidently stumbled across a Buff-Breasted Sandpiper (which we respotted after it has not been seen for a few days). These two birds surely are very hard to find in field within a few minutes so.. again, brilliant timing (and helped with seing over the harrier.. at least a bit).
A walk to the beach in the afternoon brought several species of waders into photo-distance (so stay tuned, we will post some nice ones in the following days) and revealed an Arctic Skua chasing Sandwich Terns closely to the beach (which was relatively packed with tourists today). Just after getting in, the rain started.

Finally, here is a nice picture, Sandra took to show that you don't necessarily have to see a bird to prove that one has been here:

GullFeet
See you very soon, Sandra & Christian

Few visitors, but many visitors.

torsdag 17. august 2017
One good deed: help the House Martin in need!
af SSt & CSc

Vejr: direction - SE (139); speed - 8 m/s; cloud cover - 8/8; visibility - 18+ km; temperature - 17.2°C

A warm and windy morning started with smaller numbers of waders at the coast and totally added up to about 600 individuals, mainly Oystercatchers, Dunlins and Sanderlings. A nicely unexpected visitor was a young Goshawk in the first hour of the count. Scoters were, again, low in numbers but accompanying Teals and a single Velvet Scoter made some of the Scoter flocks a bit more interesting. After counting the terns, which still seem to avoid roosting on the beach that much, Henrik, David and Henning carried on counting for another hour and were rewarded with the seasons first Osprey. 

Despite the wind, all nets were opened to add up to the total of 242 m of nets. All individuals were captured within the first three hours of ringing and literally left us empty handed for the remaining two hours. Although individuals were similarly low as yesterday, species richness was nicely balanced. 

Ringmærkning: Garden Warbler (1), Common Whitethroat (1), Blackcap (2), Great Tit (1), Tree Sparrow (1), Dunnock (1), Common Redstart (1), Icterine Warbler (1). In total: 9 birds of 8 species.

A young House Martin kept us active for a few hours as Bent and Sandra found the young fellow who, apparently, has fallen out of it's nest. Several efforts to draw the parent's attention to the young chick failed, which is why we finally came up with a plan to put it back into the nest (see picture :) ).

Svend, Svend and John visited the station and once again, the Danish and the Austrians realised how much we value each other, as we realised that the Danish name for Wienerbrød includes an Austrian City, while the German name includes a Danish City. Sharing stories and laughs created a cosy and homely time, a welcome diversion to the otherwise rainy afternoon.

HM Nest

God aften, vi ses i morgen
Sandra & Christian

First Blog: Austrians migrating north

onsdag 16. august 2017
"Oystrian catchers" - the Austrian seawatchers and mist-net catchers
af Sandra Steinerberger (SSt) and Christian Schano (CSc)

Vejr: direction - NV (296); speed - 7m/s; cloud cover - 5/8; visibility - 18+ km; temperature - 16°C to 20°C

First of all, a short hello from Sandra and Christian, we know you have been forewarned in the last blog, but we hope our future posts are as exciting as the previous ones. HEJ :)

 SS CS

Christian and Henrik enjoyed a nice day with low numbers of migrating shorebirds, but a small increase of Oystercatchers throughout the morning. Gannets were, again, hunting closely to the shore (very much to Christian's excitement, as Gannets are a very unusual sight for an Austrian - no coasts there). Today's highlights were two Caspian Gulls in a roosting flock of the usual gull- and tern suspects. Ole carried on with counting for another hour and found a third Arctic Skua to the two of the morning counts.

Sandra joined Bent at ringing birds. Their morning was equally quiet with a few passerines, although Sandra especially enjoyed an Icterine Warbler and her first Bullfinch in the hand. Jonas and Morten continued ringing with some German guests (both Sandra and Christian joined) and nearly doubled the number of birds from the morning. A Crested Tit in the net was another highlight for the Austrians.

Ringmærkning: Garden Warbler (2), Dunnock (3), Bullfinch (6), Icterine Warbler (1), Yellowhammer (1), Songthrush (1), Robin (1). In total: 15 birds of 7 species.


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More to come, stay tuned,

Sandra & Christian

Sidder på en Alpetop

tirsdag 15. august 2017
Splitterne og Suler vækker store glæde på morgenobsen.
af HKn

Vejr: Ren Ø (100) 5 m/s... senere lidt tiltagende op til10 m/s... for så gik at falde til 5 m/s og herfter mere komme fra SØ....En del skyer på himlen i dag 6-8/8.... mest sol om morgen... senere på dagen mere i brudstykker... Det føltes utrolig varmt og trykkende i dag.. temperaturen gik fra 15-20 grader.

Vores nye folk Christian og Sandra tog med mig på morgenobs....og de var vildt begejstrerede over de mange Suler der lave en rigtig fed opvisning helt inde ved kysten... de var så tæt på at man kunne høre dem når de snakkede... Forsat lidt mystisk hvor få vadefugle der trækker i øjeblikket... med den vind burde der have været en god stak af flere arter.. Tilgengæld dukkede der lidt Rørhøge og Tårnfalke op... Mest imponerende i dag var et fint træk af Landsvaler... altid svært at følge 100 procent. da fuglene har for vane at trække over en bred front...de ses både langt inde i baglandet samt i klitterne. Igen i dag blev det til en enkelt Storkjove... jeg begynder at have på fornemmelsen, at det kan være en rastende fugl der er herude.....

Efter morgenobsen og måger og terner var talt.... tog østrigerne nogle runder med Bent, så de kunne få en fornemmelse af området og nettenes placering... Inden da havde Bent været så "heldig" at få en flok på 15 Stære i nettene.... hyggeligt.

Ringmærkning: Hvid Vipstjert 2. Jernspurv 1. Rødhals 2. Solsort 1. Sangdrossel 1. Rørsanger 1. havesanger 3. Musvit 1. Stær 15. Skovspurv 3.

Tirsdagsholdet lagde vejen forbi - men nåede kun lige ude i klitten.... En Prærieløber på Værnet... fik Esbjergholdet til at lave en håndbremsevending..så sandet føg i klitterne... håber I fik den.....

Dagbogen i dag skrives lidt tidligt, da der var lidt forskellige ting der skulle nås.... så måske der forsat kan komme en Breaking news.... hold øje med os.... vi er omvandrende kanoner....

HKn

 


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