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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 :)


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