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Finally green in garden!

lørdag 7. maj 2022
af Agata Balicka
Today we started the day by opening nets before 5 am. Every day the Sun wakes up earlier and earlier, making us more and more sleepy.
Like during last few days, in the morning we caught mostly phylloscopes, lesser whitethroats, blackcaps and some robins, but after 8 am Menno saw something bigger in the net. It was a Hawfinch, a first one ringed in Blåvand this year! What is even better, it was a really beautiful adult male. He was so calm and tried to bite our fingers only few times. After some hours it flew in the net again - maybe he wanted us to admire his gorgeous feathers and bill again, or thought that it would be nice to make scars on our hands that we will show our grandchildren telling the stories about the Mighty Hawfinch?
After 1pm only few birds got caught so we had some time for ourselves again. Me and Maciej were sitting in the garden, reading books and in the meantime observed 3 gulls flying above the station. We tried to convince them to get closer to us (so we can catch them with a net later) but they were too careful. Therefore this time we were not successful with gulls, maybe in next days we will manage to catch at least one?
Bird - Kernebider / Hawfinch. Photo: Agata Balicka

People at the station: Agata, Menno, Mikkel, Maciej

Complete list of birds caught today (ringed / recaptured):

Gærdesmutte / Wren: 0/1
Gærdesanger / Lesser Whitethroat: 4/0
Munk / Blackcap: 5/0
Gransanger / Chiffchaff: 9/2
Løvsanger / Willow Warbler: 4/2
Bogfinke / Chaffinch: 1/0
Stor Gråsisken / Lesser Redpoll: 2/1
Kernebider / Hawfinch: 1/0

Total: 26/6