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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