Her på Skagen Fuglestations blog bringes korte nyheder i dagbogsformat om hændelser på fuglestationen.
Så der snestorm
Hej igen allesammen
Så er jeg sgu tilbage på toppen af Danmark, denne gang med noget andet vejr.
Jeg ankom omkrig middag idag hvorefter Jørgen var så venlig at køre mig ud til stationen. Det er jeg meget glad for, og det er fordi det blæste og sneede helt vanvittigt.
Det var et glædeligt gensyn med den gode Jørgen og ikke mindst Igor!
Jeg har ikke fået lavet så meget idag, men har været en tur rundt på grenen og har taget nogle billeder af snestormen. Det bliver nok endnu pænere imorgen når vinden lægger sig lidt og det sidste sne er faldt.
Vejen ud mod Jennes Sø
ASF's obspost "Sandklit" måske den skulle omdøbes til Sneklit?
Nordstrandsvej nu godt tildækket.
Vejret krævede god beklædning, måske jeg mere ligner en bankrøver end en birder.
Imorgen står den på noget morgenobs også må vi se hvad eftermiddagen bringer.
Indtil da, ha det godt!
Folk på stationen: Jørgen Kabel, Igor og Jonas Pedersen
Bladfugle og sidste frivillig
I dag sagde vi farvel til Angela og Robbie. De tog toget i formiddags og er nu på vej hjem. Vi kommer til at savne jer!
Jeg er nu den sidste frivillig på stationen, og selvom det lidt føltes som om man er det sidste barn i SFO'en som ikke er blevet hentet endnu, så er det nu meget hyggeligt at have lejligheden for mig selv. Jeg har brugt dagen på at rydde op og Simon og jeg har lavet ugens live-video for Fugle for Alle https://fb.watch/9zqRbJrOuE/
Derudover har vi været en tur på genbrugsstationen med en masse affald fra gårsdagens oprydning. Jeg skar mig dog desværre på et stykke glas derovre, og var lidt nervøs for at blodet fra min hånd ville svine Simons nyrengjorte bil til. Heldigvis er de eneste spor fra turen kun alt det sand fra mine gummistøvler som jeg slæbte ind.
I eftermiddags sad jeg og rensede kikkerter og så Ondskabens Hotel (The Shining). Det synes jeg passede til lejligheden når jeg nu er alene i den gamle fyrmesterbolig med en begyndende snestorm udenfor. Jeg skal nok sørge for at holde mig beskæftiget og undgå at snakke med eventuelle blåkjolede tvillingepiger der kunne lure rundt her på gangene.
Folk på stationen: Simon S. Christiansen, Rosalina Sø Leth-Nissen, Robbie Lawler, Angela Di Pumpo og Jørgen Kabel.
Season greetings and goodbye
The season draws to a close and the observatory is busy preparing for the winter. We spent the day deep cleaning both the apartment and the guest apartment. Myself and Angela are leaving tomorrow so there will be very few left at the station.
Last night we caught two Woodcock (skovsneppe) after the blog was written. The Woodcocks were the last birds of mine and Angela’s time in Skagen, but hopefully not the last of our ringing careers. The total number of birds ringed this Autumn has been lower than the recent average – however – it has been a remarkable experience for the team, and thus we are sad to see it come to an end.
The Autumn season draws to a close and we all head to our own corners of Europe for the winter. With two Barn Swallows being seen yesterday, it feels like Spring must only be around the corner, unfortunately, it will be some time until most of us see our next Hirundinidae. I will keep my eyes on the sky, waiting for my first Swift (Mursejler) and my ears will be waiting for the first Cuckoo (GØG) call of summer. In the interlude between Autumn and Spring I hope we all get some nice winter visitors, perhaps the Waxwings (Silkehale) will finally appear in Skagen in large numbers.
I hope this isn't goodbye for long
Folk på stationen: Simon S. Christiansen, Rosalina Sø Leth-Nissen, Robbie Lawler, og Angela Di Pumpo.
Swallows and tristis
Robbie went observing and walked towards Nordstranden to look for gulls. Not many birds, but he did see two swallows that haven’t migrated yet. We hope that the bad weather will inspire them to fly towards a warmer climate.
Angela and I opened the nets this morning at Grenen Sø to try and catch the waterpipits. We didn’t catch any, and we then took down the nets for good.
Simon saw a Caspian gull (caspisk måge) and witnessed our last failed attempt for catching waterpipits (bjergpiber). He did see a Siberian chiffchaff (sibirisk gransanger) in the afternoon though.
This afternoon Angela and Robbie took the rest of the bicycles up to the attic to stay throughout the winter.
Angela and I went to Kabeltromlen and brought back the rest of the poles and anchors, so now Kabeltromlen is clear of our stuff.
Folk på stationen: Simon S. Christiansen, Rosalina Sø Leth-Nissen, Robbie Lawler, Angela Di Pumpo, Amandine Dore og Mogens Erlandsen.
Ringmærkning (Stald Grenen)
skovsneppe - 2
Still trying to catch the Purple sandpiper... and Sanderlings
Yesterday evening, we all enjoyed a very nice "Julefrokost" with a full table of traditional danish food, some schnaps and beers and a very tasty apple crumble for dessert. Jørgen, Oluf and Knud had joined us for this evening and it was very nice to have them.
This morning, we had a bit of a sleep in and then went on with the daily activities.
I left early to set up the whoosch net on the beach, close to Kattegat bunker, to trial to catch some Sanderlings (Sandløber). When I arrived there, there was a flock of around 20 Sanderlings, and, surprisingly, a Turnstone (Stenvender) among them. Unfortunately, after a few hours of waiting, I did not catch any Sanderlings, even though they stayed and fed not far from the trap.
Robbie went observing at the End of the World 3, and stopped a few minutes where I was sitting waiting for the sanderlings. When a couple of Sanderlings flew off, they were joined by a small, darker-colored wader, which was the Purple sandpiper (Sortgrå ryle) that Robbie had been observing for several days around the beach.
Robbie then left for Grenen tip, as there was a high amount of gulls there. He was hoping to find a rare gull among them, but there wasn't any.
Angela and Justine opened the nets in the garden but had to close them because of the intermittent rain. They did some net sewing meanwhile and later went for a walk around the beach and Ellerkrattet, where they observed a large flock of siskins (Grønsisken).
We then all gathered for lunch and tried again the garden nets without success.
It was also Justine's last day at the station and she left us at the beginning of the afternoon... We wish her a nice trip back to France and hope she will come back to visit Skagen soon!
The afternoon was filled with diverse tasks, including net sawing, some pictures sorting, attic cleaning, etc... Mads Oddetshede came to the station for a meeting with Simon in the afternoon for a couple of hours.
Just before the sun sets, Angela, Robbie and Simon went out to try to find and catch the Purple sandpiper. They found it on the way back to the lighthouse, but couldn't catch it...
Klik her for at se dagens observationer fra DOF-basen af fugle i Skagen
Folk på stationen: Simon S. Christiansen, Rosalina Sø Leth-Nissen, Robbie Lawler, Angela Di Pumpo, Justine Costa, Amandine Dore, Mads Oddershede
Last ringing days at the Ligthouse...
This morning, everybody was out to observe and try to catch a few last birds before ending this autumn season...
Angela, Rosalina and Justine went out to Jennes Sø where they met Simon to try to catch some Redpolls (Gråsisken). They opened up a few nets and played some Redpolls recordings, but they unfortunately did not manage to catch any. Only one bird, a recapture wren (Gærdsmutte) was caught in the morning...
I went out early in the morning to set up the whoosh net before the sunrise, to try to catch the flock of Snow buntings (Snespurv). This was unsuccessul as well, as the Snow buntings seemed to notice the net and carefully avoided it.
Robbie and Knud joined me and started the observations. A Caspian gull (Kaspisk måge) was found amoung the hundreds of Herring gulls (Sølvmåge) by Knud, maybe the same indvidual as yesterday's, maybe a new one.. Apart from that, very very few birds were migrating and the sky was quite calm overall...
A bit later in the morning, we saw, surprisingly, a Barn swallow (Landsvale) flying around Grenen, a very late individual. It was flying very low among the sand dunes, just in front of us.
Since the trapping of Snow buntings was not successful, we decided to try to catch this swallow... So we reconverted the woosch net in a misnet.... But the swallow probably got scared of us moving around and did not come back once we had set up the net.
It then started to rain, and I decided to pack and go back home, soon followed by Robbie.
In the afternoon, Simon started to prepare a "Julefrokost ", an early traditional danish "Christmas lunch" (that we will have for dinner), while we were occupied by different cleaning/fixing tasks. Angela and Justine fixed the last broken pair of waders. I then entered data with Angela, and checked the last ringing sheets, while Justine, Rosalina and Robbie started to fix some nets in the attic.
Everyone is now helping out with the Christmas dinner and preparing for a nice last evening all together.
Folk på stationen: Simon S. Christiansen, Rosalina Sø Leth-Nissen, Robbie Lawler, Angela Di Pumpo, Justine Costa, Amandine Dore, Knud Pedersen.
Scoter and Iceland Gull
This morning, Angela and Justine set up the whooshnet at Grenen. They said that an earlier time would be more ideal so we'll see tomorrow if we will catch some snow buntings (snespurve).
Amandine opened the waterpipet nets (bjergpiber) but without any luck of catching any. Robbie went observing with Knud and they saw an Iceland Gull (hvidvinget måge) and a Caspian gull (caspisk måge), and a Great skua (storkjove).
I head-cleaned the apartment his morning which was really needed, and went crazy with printing labels on the Dymo-machine and putting them on various drawers and binders. We are all going home in less than a week so the next seven days will be mostly cleaning and tidying up.
In the afternoon we cleaned the bikes and Angela and Justine went grocery shopping. Robbie also caught a Scoter in the afternoon which is a new species for the ringing this year!
Ringmærkning - Fyrhaven
Blåmejse - 1
Gulspurv - 1
Total - 2
Ringmærkning - Grenen
Sortand - 1
Total - 1
Folk på stationen: Simon S. Christiansen, Rosalina Sø Leth-Nissen, Robbie Lawler, Angela Di Pumpo, Justine Costa, Amandine Dore, Knud Pedersen, Gunnar Christiansen Simonsen.
Fail day but fun day
Today was the extra catching day: Angela and I opened the Water pipit (Bjergpiber) nets between world end 3 and world end 2 with the nets that we set up yesterday.
On the other side of the dune, Robbie, Amandine and Rosalina set up the wooshnet trying to catch some Snow Buntings (Snespurv) while observing with Knud. Unfortunately, none of us succeed today although we tried different strategies with recording calls, I hope tomorrow will be successful!
However, the highlights of the observations were a Black Guillemot (Tejst) and flocs of Razorbills (Alk) and Guillemots (Lomvie).
During the afternoon, as usual, we opened the nets in the lighthouse garden, trying to catch local birds that are coming to feed. We caught one Yellowhammer (Gulspurv) which was a female born last spring. The rest of the day was based on sewing nets, office work and another try to catch some birds for Robbie who was really close to catch a Purple Sandpiper (Sortgrå Ryle) and an Oystercatcher (Strandskade).
Ring marking - Fyrhaven
Yellowhammer - 1
Folk på stationen: Simon S. Christiansen, Rosalina Sø Leth-Nissen, Robbie Lawler, Angela Di Pumpo, Justine Costa, og Amandine Dore, Knud Pedersen.
Sea-watching at Grenen and Water-pipit net setting (Bjergpiber)
Today, Robbie and me went for observations at the End of the World 3. Despite the wind and very cold weather, the sun was there and we did enjoy our sea-watching. We observed a lot of movements of Black-legged Kittiwakes (Ride), as well as auks (Common Guillemots, Lomvie and Razorbills, Alk). A lot of Snow buntings (Snespurv) were also feeding on the beach right in front of us, and we will hopefully manage to catch and ring some tomorrow.
A Glaucous gull (Gråmåge) was seen by Knud at Grenen, and Rolf observed 4 Little Auks (Søkonge) at sea.
We met Erik as well as Jørgen Kabel and Igor passing by. Knud also came out with his friends a bit later for a walk around Grenen, and Angela and Justine also joined us for a bit after finishing some cleaning tasks at the station.
After 2h of observation, I decided to go back home to finish the deep-cleaning of the lab, while Robbie stayed out at Kattegat bunker.
We also opened the garden nets in the late morning and caught 2 Yellowhammers (Gulspurv) and a Blue tit (Blåmejse)
In the afternoon, we all headed again towards Grenen and set up some nets to catch, hopefully, Water pipits (Bjergpiber) tomorrow morning.
On the way back, we carried some of the last equipment left at Kabeltromlen… We always need to be creative to fit everything on the bikes...
This evening, we are all going out night-catching for woodcocks (Skovsneppe) or snipes…. Cold and windy weather might help us catch some birds!
Ring marking - Fyrhaven
Yellowhammer - 2
Blue Tit - 1
People at the station: Simon S. Christiansen, Rosalina Sø Leth-Nissen, Robbie Lawler, Angela Di Pumpo, Justine Costa, Amandine Doré, Jørgen Kabel & Igor, Erik Christopherson, Knud Pedersen
Grå dag og rengøring
I dag tog Justine, Angela, Robbie, Amandine og Simon ned til havnen og kiggede på måger og snespurve. Det foregik dog I regnvejr, så det var primært gennem bilruderne. Jeg blev hjemme for at arbejde på en ny video til de sociale medier om nattefangst.
Vi gjorde lørdagsrent efter frokost, og jeg sorterede biblioteket i stuen. Sikke mange bøger og støv. Amandine gjorde laboratoriet rent, og fandt bl.a. en kikkert bag køleskabet.
I aften tager nogle af os ud på nattefangst. Forhåbentlig fanger vi noget.
Folk på stationen: Simon S. Christiansen, Rosalina Sø Leth-Nissen, Robbie Lawler, Angela Di Pumpo, Justine Costa, og Amandine Dore, Christian Østerby.