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First record for Denmark!!!

torsdag 28. september 2023
af Simon Kiesé

Let me say this much in advance - today's blog post is really something! With so many highlights, it's really hard to keep this blog short enough that it doesn't become a novel. But let's start at the beginning.

The day started like any other - half of us went ringing at Kabeltromlen and the other half went to the tip for the seabird count. Two Black Guillemots (Tejst), close Fulmars (Mallemuk) and Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Knortegås) delighted us, even though there was not much other bird migration.The highlight were two flocks of Parrot Crossbills (Stor Korsnæb) flying overhead. Meanwhile, the ringers at Kabeltromlen made their first round and the first surprise came. A crossbill did the ringing team the honour. Thankfully they notified us and when I asked if it was a Common Crossbill (Lille Korsnæb) Simon the first replied "it is always Common Crossbill". Nevertheless, we set off to get a close-up look at the species, which is rarely caught here. When Hayley took the bird out of the bag, we immediately noticed the large head and neck as well as the strong beak. Simon, who was also seeing the bird for the first time, now realised that it was something special. "But it is always Common Crossbill" said Simon and we realised that we had indeed caught a female Parrot Crossbill (Stor Korsnæb). What a brilliant first catch for the station and just the second one ever ringed in Skagen. It was super interesting to see the identification features of the species up close and also to hear the typical calls (click here for the calls) when releasing it.


Very satisfied we went back to World's End 3 and continued the count. When it was over we walked back towards the Sandormen track. Suddenly Hans and I heard calls that sounded like a Yellow Wagtail (Gul Vipstjert). But when I found the bird in the binoculars, it was completely white and grey. This is not a Yellow Wagtail! I saw where the bird landed and we immediately started the search. When we finally found the bird, the Wagtail flew up and was now calling very harshly, a bit like a Citrine Wagtail. Then we finally saw the bird sitting free too, but visually Citrine Wagtail did not fit and my comment "we have to check for tschutschensis, the rare eastern Yellow one" became increasingly real. The first photos were taken and within minutes experts from Germany confirmed my suspicions. This is indeed an Eastern Yellow Wagtail!!!! Wow!!! I then made another Zello announcement and shortly afterwards the first observers from the surrounding area arrived. Quickly we got better clay evidence and photos and were able to observe the young Wagtail super beautifully.

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And that is exactly what determined the day. The evidence is particularly important for this species, as it is quite difficult to identify. Then I sent the recordings to the expert Magnus Robb, hoping that he will confirm the identification soon. If you want to hear the calls, click here. As the four subspecies of the Eastern Yellow Wagtail are not visually identifiable, we then tried to collect a faecal sample. This was more difficult than expected, but after about an hour we managed to collect the DNA sample. Now we just have to hope that this will be enough to identify the bird by genetics. If it is recognised by the raritee committee (which should work with the good evidence) it will be the 1st record for Denmark. Wow! Simon wants to bring champagne and Hans (with whom I found the bird) has already given a bottle of wine. What a brilliant bird. This is probably the rarest bird I have ever found myself. I am at a loss for words (that doesn't help when you are writing a blog) and I am overjoyed. All the observers and twitcher were also very nice and I got many congratulations. Thanks for that!

spornammer 28092023 editedLapland Bunting (Lapværling) at the Sandormen-Track

 What a day! A wonderful Parrot Crossbill (Stor Korsnæb) and a putative super rare EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL. You can read more about the finding of that one on Netfugl.dk

Ringing (Kabeltromlekrattet):

Blue Tit Blåmejse 7                  
 Parrot Crossbill       Stor Korsnæb 1                  
 Great Tit Musvit 1                    
 Blackcap Munk 18                    
 Goldcrest Fuglekonge 1                    
 Reedbunting Rørspurv 2                    
 Brambling Kvækerfinke 2                    
 Willow Warbler Løvsanger 1                    
 Chiffchaff Gransanger 10                    

Total: 43

People: Antonia Greil, Hayley Land, Rebecca Cheape, Simon Kiesé, Simon S. Christiansen, Hans Christophersen, Knud Pedersen, Lina Kotschi, Dorothea Engert, Joel Münch.

A link to today's observations from volunteers and local observers.

The Return of the Blackbird

onsdag 27. september 2023
af Hayley Land

Hans and Dorothea joined Knud for the migration count at World’s End 3 this morning. Although the migration was quiet, they enjoyed watching a Fulmar (Mallemuk) flying close over the land. Other highlights included both Arctic Skua (Almindelig Kjove) and Great Skua (Stor Kjove), and five Caspian Gulls (Kaspisk Måge). Knud also had time to read the rings of 25 gulls!

Meanwhile, Rebecca and I opened the nets at Kabeltromlen and saw another amazing sunrise. However, just as we were opening the long line of nets in the reedbed we were surprised to hear several loud rumbles of thunder and some flashes of lightening. That hadn’t been on the weather forecast! Thankfully the storm was to the south of us and blew out to sea, so it didn’t affect our ringing plans.

Simon Sr., Oluf, Antonia, Lina and Joel all joined for the first round. It was much quieter than yesterday, but we had several nice birds including a young male Redstart (Rødstjert) and a Reed Bunting (Rørspurv). We also had time for Lina and Joel to do some extracting and release some birds. There were a few short showers of rain but luckily they didn’t last too long and we were able to continue without shutting the nets.

As with yesterday, the most caught species was Blue Tit (Blåmejse) with 12 new birds ringed. As we had more time today, we were able to look closely at the plumage colour and Simon Sr. explained the difference between male and female. Males are more brightly coloured blue and females a duller blue on the wing.

27.09.23 Blue tit

The first Song Thrush (Sangdrossel) of this autumn season was also ringed today and a young Blackbird (Solsort) was caught for the fourth time in two weeks. Interestingly, when looking back at the ringing data we saw that this individual has gained eight grams since we first caught her. Correspondingly, her fat score has also increased from one to four. It was very interesting to see this change and we were all really enjoyed seeing her again!

27.09.23 Blackbird

Simon Jr. was also at Kabeltromlen this morning completing a migration count of passerines whilst we were ringing. He counted around 100 Common Crossbill (Lille Korsnæb) flying very high overhead, flocks of Redpoll (Gråsisken) and Siskin (Grønsisken), plus several Greenfinches (Grønirisk) and three Goldfinches (Stillits). A Marsh Harrier (Rørhøg) and a Mute Swan (Knopsvane) were also seen. Simon also helped with extracting birds during the busiest rounds.

Later on, data was inputted and some grocery shopping done. Lina, Dorethea and Joel enjoyed a walk to Skarvsøen and Hans counted 70 Cormorants (Skarv) when he also walked past there. Back at the Fuglestation the picture archive was updated, another social media post made, and some cleaning done in the kitchen. The two nets in the lighthouse garden were opened for a couple of hours but unfortunately we didn’t catch anything. A very long Adder (Hugorm) was found though! Simon Sr. led a tour for a school group and later checked sheets with Antonia. We also visited Mette and Magnus in the lighthouse exhibition and discovered the great selection of posters they have there! Bird boxes were fixed and an owl net was set up in the evening with sound playing from a Tengmalm's Owl (Perleugle). Hopefully we’ll catch one tonight!

Ringing (Kabeltromlekrattet)

Robin (Rødhals) – 1

Wren (Gærdesmutte) – 3

Chiffchaff (Gransanger) – 4

Blackcap (Munk) – 8

Reed Bunting (Rørspurv) – 1

Blue Tit (Blåmejse) – 12

Song Thrush (Sangdrossel) – 1

Redstart (Rødstjert) – 1

Great Tit (Musvit) – 1

Total: 32

People: Antonia Greil, Hayley Land, Rebecca Cheape, Simon Kiesé, Simon S. Christiansen, Hans Christophersen, Oluf Lou, Knud Pedersen, Lina Kotschi, Dorothea Engert, Joel Münch.

A link to today's observations from volunteers and local observers.

Is it summer again?

tirsdag 26. september 2023
af Simon Kiesé

We were able to ask ourselves this question several times today. Admittedly, the end of September is neither late autumn nor winter, but we didn't expect some of the bird species we saw today. The whole fun started early this morning, as usual, at Kabeltromlen (or how it is sometimes called if you translate it: Cable Drums or Kabeltromellen haha). Already in the first round we noticed that there were many songbirds in the area. We had strong support all morning from the three Germans who were camping at the campsite and Gustav also came to visit us with his parents.

Also thanks to the many tits (mejse) we were able to ring almost 100 birds today. Among them was a Sedge Warbler (Sivsanger), two Reed Warblers (Rørsanger) and one Garden Warbler (Havesanger). Wow. As long distance migrants, which fly to Africa they should have left now. On the other hand, it was really warm and sunny today, which made it hardly feel like autumn. At World's End 1, a Red-backed Shrike (Rødrygget Tornskade ) was busy hunting for flying insects. It too should hurry up to arrive at its wintering grounds in time.
But the absolute highlights should not remain unmentioned:
We were able to ring a Whinchat (Bynkefugl), which is apparently not so unusual for the area, but for all of us it was the first one ever in our hands. We were very pleased with that.

whinchat26092023what a nice surprise - Whinchat (Bynkefugl)

Then we were able to catch a male Blackcap (Munk) which already had a ring from Belgium (Brussels). That is really impressive and catches of birds ringed elsewhere are just the best you can have in ringing.

munk belgium 26092023Blackcap (Munk) out of Belgium


However, we also had birds that clearly showed that summer is definitely over. Two Lapland Buntings (Lapværling) flew over calling and left their beautiful calls on the memory card in the recorder I had placed especially for birds like this. Do you want to hear the recording? Than click here!!

With the help of the sound recording I was also able to identify a flock of 6 Crossbills flying overhead as Parrot Crossbills (Stor Korsnæb). Really cool. Other highlights include Woodlark (Hedelærke) and a late Tree Pipit (Skovpiber).

Meanwhile, our hard-working counters at World's End 3 enjoyed the beautiful sunrise. Even though there was little activity at first, various Wader species (Ryle) could be nicely observed and studied. Then some Razorbills (Alk) and Fulmars (Mallemuk) passed through. The nice weather not only made for a good time at the beach, but also at World's End for good bird migration of passerines, so birds like Linnets (Tornirisk) passed through here as well.

After a lunch break we went for a walk together through the reserve and enjoyed the birds and the beautiful weather. Afterwards we started preparing dinner, as there will be eight of us tonight. But I am sure it will be delicious!

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Ringing (Kabeltromlekrattet):

  Fuglekonge (Goldcrest)
  Gransanger (Chiffchaff)
  Blåmejse (Blue Tit)
  Havesanger (Garden Warbler)
  Rørspurv (Reed Bunting)
  Munk (Blackcap)
  Rørsanger (Reed Warbler)
  Bynkefugl (Whinchat)
  Sivsanger (Sedge Warbler)
  Gærdesmutte (Wren)
  Jernspurv (Yellowhammer)
  Rødhals (Robin)
  Musvit (Great Tit)

Total: 99


People: Antonia Greil, Hayley Land, Rebecca Cheape, Simon Kiesé, Simon S. Christiansen, Hans Christophersen, Knud Pedersen, Lina Kotschi, Dorothea Engert, Joel Münch.

A link to today's observations from volunteers and local observers.

We caught a Yellow-browed Warbler!

mandag 25. september 2023
af Antonia Greil

Today the wind was quite strong, but nonetheless Simon Jr., Hayley and Simon Sr. went ringing at Kabeltromlen in the morning. Simon Jr. and Hayley accidentally woke up to soon – imagine that! – and therefore spent the first 20 minutes of the morning playing cards in the kitchen, before they went out to open the nets. Since our newest guest, Hans, was joining Migration Count with Knud at World’s End 3, Rebecca and I took the opportunity to get a little bit of sleep. At half past 7am I was woken up by a phone call: The others had caught a Yellow-browed Warbler (Hvidbrynet Løvsanger) in the net! Rebecca and I were rushing out of bed, throwing some clothes on and speeding as fast we could to Kabeltromlen. I also took Simon Jr.’s Camera with me, so he could take nice pictures of the bird. You can see them on the bottom of this paragraph. Most remarkable on this species is the very present and clear yellowish eyestripe (which gives it its name) and the two white obvious wing bars. Knud, Hans and Alex Sand Frich were joining us to get a good look of this beautiful bird. For Denmark, this bird was just the fifth record of the species this autumn so far!



Afterwards, Rebecca and I went home again to have some breakfast, while the others were continuing the ringing session. It was a quiet day, but after the Yellow-browed Warbler (Hvidbrynet Løvsanger) it could hardly get better! They had a Lesser Whitethroat (Gaerdesanger), which is quite late at the end of September. The Hume’s Leaf Warbler (Himalayasanger) seems to still be in the area, so maybe we have luck again the next days.

Hans was having a great time at Migration Count with Knud, because a lot was going on and there was not one moment without nice birds flying over the sea. The most special bird today was a Sooty Shearwater (Sodfarvet Skråpe), but sadly none of us volunteers could see it. We therefore hope for another chance. Apart from that some Redthroated Divers (Rødstrubet Lom), a Red-necked grebe (Gråstrubet Lappedykker), a Great Northern Diver (Islom), some Razorbills (Alk) and, the first of the season, some Purple Sandpipers (Sortgrå Ryle) could be seen.

Around midday, all of us were going out for walks in the area. Hayley, Simon Jr. and I took it upon ourselves to continue Gustav’s daily walk in search of a Red-footed Falcon (Aftenfalk). We didn’t see it, but had a great time exploring the area and saw some Meadow Pipits (Engpiber), Wheatears (Stenpikker), Jay (Skovskade) and Common Snipe (Dobbeltbekassin).

Hans was so kind to give Rebecca and I a lift to the supermarket, so we could get a lot of food for the next days and didn’t have to carry all of it on our bikes. This time we got the right kind of oat milk, so that was a success. Before the daily Evening meeting, all four of us went out again to World’s End 1. While seeing a nice rainbow, we could find 15 Fulmar (Mallemuk) and 36 Razorbills (Alk).


For the Evening Meeting we were not only joined by Hans, but also by three german students: Lina, Dorothea and Joel. They will be staying at the Camping Lot for one week and join us in our daily activities, like ringing and Migration Count. They have been here once before last summer und will hopefully have another great time with us in this last September week!

Ringing (Kabeltromlekrattet):

Yellow-browed Warbler (Hvidbrynet Løvsanger) - 1

Chiffchaff (Gransanger) – 1

Blackcap (Munk) – 3

Robin (Rødhals) – 1

Lesser Whitethroat (Gærdesanger) – 1

Wren (Gærdesmutte) – 1

Total: 8


Ringing (Jennes Sø):

Chiffchaff (Gransanger) – 2

Goldcrest (Fuglekonge) – 2

Crested Tit (Topmejse) – 1

Common Redpoll (Nordlig Gråsisken) – 1

Lesser Redpoll (Lille Gråsisken) – 9

Total: 15

People: Antonia Greil, Hayley Land, Rebecca Cheape, Simon Kiesé, Simon S. Christiansen, Hans Christophersen, Knud Petersen, Alex Sand Frich, Michael Anchor, Lina Kotschi, Dorothea Engert, Joel Münch.

A link to today's observations from volunteers and local observers.

Searching for the Hume's Leaf Warbler

søndag 24. september 2023
af Rebecca Cheape

This morning me and Antonia got up before sunrise to open the nets for another day of ringing, even though over one hundred birds were ringed yesterday we wanted to see how many we could catch today. It felt like an autumn morning as there was a chill in the air. We both agreed that it was too windy to open some of the nets amongst the reeds and therefore just opened the ones in the sheltered areas. Oluf joined us for ringing again which was nice, however we didn’t catch as many birds this morning, so we could spend a little bit more time looking at different moult limits on the birds with him. The highlight species for both me and Antonia today was a lovely bright pink Bullfinch (Lille Dompap), this was Antonia’s first time ringing a Bullfinch, so it was a great experience for her.

 lille dompap resizedphoto

Throughout the morning there were many birders passing through Kabeltromlen on a quest to find the very elusive and rarely seen Hume's Leaf Warbler (Himalayasanger). This Warbler was found yesterday by Rolf Christensen at World’s End 1 and is only the third record of this species in Skagen. Additionally, you would not expect this species before end of October usually. It is the earliest autumn record for Denmark! The earliest until now was a record from the 30th September 2010 at Christiansø. Hopefully it will just fly straight into one of the nets someday soon whilst out foraging. That would be a nice surprise. Yesterday the warbler was called out as a Greenish Warbler (Lundsanger) first, since the calls can sound alike and the bird was only seen in short moments, but after checking the soundrecording and the few pictures everybody agreed, that it's really an early Hume's Leaf Warbler. The image below shows a spectrogram of the calls of this Hume's Leaf (middle), compared to another Hume's (left) and a Greenish Warbler (right).

 Humes Leaf sound recordsSpectogram: Hume's Leaf Warbler, our Hume's Leaf Warbler, Greenish Warbler

You can hear a recording from today of the Hume's Leaf, recorded by Alex Sand Frich on this link to Dofbasen

Humes Sanger 23 09 2023Hume's Leaf Warbler 23/9 by Alex Sand Frich

Whilst we were out ringing, Hayley and Simon Jr. were at World’s End 3 with Knud and they counted some very nice species in great numbers which included over 600 Gannets (Sule), 2 Great Skuas (Stor Kjove), 91 Pink-footed goose (Kortnæbbet Gås), 1 Merlin (Dværgfalk) and one amazing new bird species seen for Simon Jr. a Leach’s Storm Petrel (Stor Stormsvale) which migrated into northwesterly direction. The past few days have been great for rare birds. I wonder what birds will appear in the next week before I leave the station. While we where out at Grenen Michael Ancher ringed at Jennes Sø. Highlights from here was Crested Tits (Topmejser) and a Long-tailed Tit (Halemejse).

The rest of the day involved data entering (and checking), cleaning and welcoming the new guest. Simon Jr. cooked another delicious dinner, but did so much at the same time that the fuse suddenly blew. After a spark flew at the first attempt to switch the fuse back on, it worked at the second attempt.


Ringing (Kabeltromlekrattet):

Munk (Blackcap) - 6

Fuglekonge (Goldcrest) - 4

Gransanger (Chiffchaff) - 2

Gæerdesmutte (Wren) - 2

Rødhlas (Robin) - 5

Jernspurv (Dunnock) - 3

Lille Dompap (Bullfinch) - 1

Lille Gråsisken (Lesser Redpoll) - 3

Dobbeltbekkasin (Common Snipe) - 1

Blåmejse (Blue Tit) - 7

Total: 34


Ringing (Jennes Sø):

Rødstjert (Redstart) - 1

Munk (Blackcap) - 2

Gransanger (Chiffchaff) - 3

Sydlig Halemejse (Long-tailed Tit) - 1

Topmejse (Crested Tit) - 2

Blåmejse (Blue Tit) - 3

Lille Gråsisken (Lesser Redpoll) - 39

Lille Dompap (Bullfinch) - 1

Total: 52

People: Antonia Greil, Hayley Land, Rebecca Cheape, Gustav Nyberg, Simon Kiesé, Oluf Lou, Knud Petersen, Michael Ancher, Simon S. Christiansen.

A link to today's observations from volunteers and local observers.

A flock of Longtailed Tits and more

lørdag 23. september 2023
af Antonia Greil

When Hayley and I went out this morning to open the nets at Kabeltromlen, we didn’t know we would stay there for 8 whole hours. It was an awesome day!

Joined by Oluf and Simon Jr., the first round was rather quiet, compared to what would expect us for the second round. We ringed about 15 birds, accompanied by visitors: our guests Jette and Anders, and Gustav with his family, which are on vacation here. Then from the second round onwards, the birds came. Many birds. We developed a well-functioning system to ring and measure the birds as quickly and precisely as possible. Teamwork it is! Rebecca joined us from Migration Count to support us, and therefore some of us could walk the rounds while the others were ringing the birds. We had several highlights, but most exciting for all of us were definitely the Longtailed Tits (Halemejse), which came in as a little flock of 8 birds, altogether in one net. Five of them could be identified as subspecies europaeus, which have dark feathers on the head. Another subspecies, caudatus, has purely white feathers on the head. Some of them where mainly white on the head but with some dark feathers admixed so. On those we therefore coul'dnt exclude genens of europaeus. 


Then we had a flock of 8 Coal Tits (Sortmejse), which was also very exciting. On other days we caught one at most. As we also had many Blue Tits (Blåmejse) and one Great Tit (Musvit), we were able to take a good look at those different species.


Even though we see many Wheatears (Stenpikker) on our daily walks around the area, we rarely catch them. That’s why it was a nice surprise today that we could ring this pretty bird and have a close-up look. And having a Great Spotted Woodpecker (Stor Flagspætte) and some Lesser Redpolls (Lille Gråsisken) is always an interesting sight.


When we closed the nets at half past 1 pm, we had a total of 102 birds ringed. Since I have been here, this was by far the highest number per day. To see and measure many birds of different species really helps to develop a good eye for the molt limits and quickly decide about age or sex of the birds.

While the ringing day was really intense, Rebecca had a more quiet day at Migration Count with Knud this morning. Nevertheless, some Black Guillemots (Tejst) and Razorbills (Alk) were seen, and a nice group of waders, consisting of Dunlins (Almindelig Ryle), Red Knots (Islandsk Ryle), Ruffs (Brushane) and, Rebecca’s Highlight, Golden Plovers (Hjejle).

After this exciting day, we had to enter a lot of data, but still found time for walks around the beach, forest and dunes. Today, an very interesting phylloscopus Warbler was seen and heard at World’s End 1, and Simon Jr. even managed to hear the call in the evening. After checking of the sound files it seems to be a Hume's Leaf Warbler, which would be a very early one and not as called out first a Greenish Warbler (Lundsanger). But the ID is not clear, so we will keep you updated. Maybe we will catch it tomorrow. 

Ringing (Kabeltromlekrattet):

Chiffchaff (Gransanger) – 11

Goldcrest (Fuglekonge) – 8

Longtailed Tit (Halemejse) - 3

Longtailed Tit (Halemejse, Sydlig; ssp. Europaeus) – 5

Dunnock (Jernspurv) – 9

Common Redstart (Rødstjert) – 3

Robin (Rødhals) – 23

Lesser Redpoll (Lille Gråsisken) – 2

Wren (Gærdesmutte) – 1

Reed Warbler (Rørsanger) – 1

Willow Warbler (Løvsanger) – 2

Coal Tit (Sortmejse) – 8

Black Cap (Munk) – 10

Blue Tit (Blåmejse) – 11

Wheatear (Stenpikker) – 1

Reed Bunting (Rørspurv) – 2

Great Tit (Musvit) – 1

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Stor Flagspætte) - 1

Total: 102

Ringing (Jennes Sø):

Wren (Gærdesmutte) – 1

Robin (Rødhals) - 5

Blackbird (Solsort) - 1

Blackbird (Munk) - 2

Chiffchaff (Gransanger) - 6

Goldcrest (Fuglekonge) - 1

Pied Flycatcher (Broget Fluesnapper) - 1

Great Tit (Musvit) - 4

Siskin (Grønsisken) - 2

Lesser Redpoll (Lille Gråsisken) - 116

Total: 139

People: Antonia Greil, Hayley Land, Rebecca Cheape, Gustav Nyberg, Simon Kiesé, Oluf Lou, Knud Pedersen, Michael Anchor, Jette and Anders.

A link to today's observations from volunteers and local observers.

Rain Rain Go Away

fredag 22. september 2023
af Rebecca Cheape

The rain was persistent this morning, so we didn’t go out ringing like we planned, so me and Antonia did our own thing later in the morning once the rain had cleared up. I went for a very long walk around the sand dunes and the forest to find some nice bird species. There were two Eurasian Jays (Skovskade) in the forest flying between several trees, so that was nice to see as I don’t see them very often back home in Scotland. Other species I seen included Blue tits (blåmejse), Sisken (Grønsisken), Blackbird (Solsort) and Blackcap (Munk).

Whilst I was out walking, Simon and Hayley were out at World’s End Three doing the migration count, which they started a little later at 9am so that they could have a better chance at spotting the birds without the heavy rain. The migration count was a little slow but there were several interesting species such as Great Skua (Storkjove), Black-legged Kittiwake (Ride) and Mallemuk (Northern Fulmar).

Gustav was out before all of us this morning in the rain doing nature puzzles with children from a local school which involved matching a picture of an animal with an animal part, for example, a wing of a Kestrel with the picture of one. Later in the afternoon he went out on his daily afternoon walk in search of a Red-footed Falcon but had no luck again! Gustav will spend the next week with his family as they are up here visiting, but he will take them to see the ringing tomorrow.

In the afternoon, Hayley, Simon and Antonia went to help Michael Ancher with ringing at Jennes Sø and got to see many Common Redpoll (Gråsisken) which was nice for them. I continued my walk in the afternoon and found some edible mushrooms which was interesting and then after my walk I went to the supermarket to get some oat milk, bread and fruit (the essentials). It was a sunny afternoon, so I made sure to be out birding for most of the day and I am so glad that I did as there were lots of birds out, probably due to the sunshine.

redpoll jenne soLater in the evening we had a nice dinner made by Hayley and discussed the plans for the next day and looked at the weather forecast.

Ringing at Jennes Sø

Lille Gråsisken (Common Redpoll) 36

Gransanger (Chiffchaff): 6

Gærdesmutte (Wren): 1

Rødhals (Robin): 2

Munk (Blackcap): 3

Blåmejse (Bluetit): 6

Musvit (Great Tit): 1

Total = 55


People: Antonia Greil, Hayley Land, Rebecca Cheape, Gustav Nyberg, Simon Kiesé, Michael Ancher, Jette and Anders.


A great migration day

torsdag 21. september 2023
af Hayley Land

Last night, Gustav and Simon Jr. headed out again after dark to the beach with a hand net and developed their own new technique for wader catching – using two flashlights instead of just one to dazzle the birds. It quickly proved to be a very good technique and they soon caught another Dunlin (Almindelig Ryle). That’s now two in two nights! The bird had some covert feathers with buff tips showing that this was another first year bird.

After the night’s excitement it was a quieter morning for Antonia, Rebecca and I. It was windy when we arrived at Kabeltromlen, so Antonia and I only opened the more sheltered nets, about half of the total length of nets at the site. Simon Sr. and Rebecca joined us for the first round. It was a steady ringing morning with 18 new birds caught. There was nothing unusual ringed, but highlights included a young Reed Bunting (Rørspurv), two young male Goldcrests (Fuglekonge), and a young male Siskin (Grønsisken).

21.09.23 Siskin 1cy M

Meanwhile, Gustav and Simon Jr. were out doing the migration count and had a very exciting morning. It was so windy that they took shelter behind the next dune along from the usual spot at World’s End 3. It was a very good day for seabirds with Gannets (Sule), Kittiwakes (Ride) and around 50 Razorbill (Alk) all seen migrating. Three Arctic Skuas (Almindelig Kjove), a Great Skua (Stor Kjove) and a Great Northern Diver (Islom) were also spotted. The most exciting sight of the day however was a Cory’s Shearwater (Kuhls Skråpe), a rare sighting at Skagen. It is the first record for this year and in 2022 there were only two recorded all year. In the picture below you can see Simon Jr.’s field notes of the sighting.

21.09.23 Corys Shearwater notes

As this species is rarely seen at Skagen, everyone was really happy with the sighting!

21.09.23 Gustav

Just after we all returned to the Fuglestation we heard over Zello that an American Black Scoter (Amerikansk Sortand) had been seen at Grenen. So of course we all headed back out again! Annoyingly the chain keeps coming off on Antonia’s bike, so she got a lift with Simon Jr. so not to miss the bird.

21.09.23 Bike ride

Unfortunately, we didn’t see the American Black Scoter (Amerikansk Sortand). The sea was really wavy, so the conditions were against us for spotting it. Still, it was a really nice day to be out and we enjoyed watching some waders, including Bar-tailed Godwit (Lille Kobbersneppe), Little Stint (Dværgryle) and Ruff (Brushane) in the ponds close by.

21.09.23 Sea watching

In the afternoon data was entered and we enjoyed more cake from our friends at the lighthouse. Gustav, Simon Jr. and I went for another birding walk in the hope of finding rare raptors. Sadly we had no luck but we did see several Kestrels (Tårnfalk) and lots of Jays (Skovskade). Rebecca also headed out for a walk and, later on, Gustav made preparations for his guided tour tomorrow and Simon Jr. and I went to Jennes Sø to help Michael set up some nets.

Ringing (Kabeltromlekrattet)

Robin (Rødhals) – 6

Lesser Whitethroat (Gærdesanger) – 1

Wren (Gærdesmutte) – 1

Chiffchaff (Gransanger) – 2

Blackcap (Munk) – 4

Goldcrest (Fuglekonge) – 2

Siskin (Grønsisken) – 1

Reed Bunting (Rørspurv) – 1 

Total: 18

People: Antonia Greil, Hayley Land, Rebecca Cheape, Gustav Nyberg, Simon Kiesé, Simon S. Christiansen, Lisa Vergin, Michael Anchor, Jette and Anders.

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onsdag 20. september 2023
af Gustav Nyberg

Jeg vil starte med at gøre jer klogere på hvad vi lavede i går aftes, hvor vi alle tog ud til Grenen for at fange nogle vadefugle. Med os havde vi vores trofaste lommelygter, net og termiske kikkert til at fange fugle. 

Mange fugle befandt sig denne nat ude på Grenen, og mange af disse var Almindelige Ryler, hvilket bekræftede os i at vi valgte den rette nat. Vi delte os op i to hold, så vi kunne dække et større område. Jeg gik med Rebecca og Antonia, mens det andet hold bestod af Hayley og Simon. Mit hold gik langs kysten fra Sandormesporet og ud mod Grenen, mens det andet hold tog sig af de store vandpytter langs klitrækkerne.

Der gik ikke mere end 3 min. før vi var i fuld gang med at hale os ind på en flok Almindelig Ryler, men denne gang gik det ikke. Det virker til at fugle i flok er svære at indfange, fordi nogle enkelte individer lynhurtigt fatter mistanke og flyver af sted, hvorefter de resterende følger med. Efter dette spottede vi til alt held en enkel Almindelig Ryle sammen med fire Islandske Ryler. De fire islændinge tog hurtigt af sted og efterlod den Almindelig Ryle helt for sig selv. Det var vores chance, og her fik Rebecca og jeg indfanget fuglen med godt samarbejde. Vi tog fuglen tilbage til stationen, hvor vi fik den ringmærket og fotograferet, hvorefter den blev genforenet med sine venner.


Simon og jeg tog endnu en runde rundt på Grenen i søgen efter endnu en fugl, men det lykkedes ikke, så vi må nøjes med den ene Ryle. Men helt forgæves var det ikke, fordi da vi gik langs kysten ramte vi noget særligt ålegræs, der indeholdt en special alge, hvilket betød at vores fodspor lyste op, som var det direkte ud af Avatar-filmene af James Cameron. 

Denne morgen tog jeg og Simon ud til Verdens Ende 3, hvor vi sammen med Knud sad klar til morgen observation, der dog var blevet udskudt en lille smule på grund af en regnfuld morgen. Det var en fin morgen med fire Almindelig Kjover, en Kaspisk Måge og en masse vadefugle. Ind i mellem observationerne gæstede en Stenpikker Knuds cykel, og synes den var vældig skæg at sidde på.


Foto: Knud Pedersen

Dagens store overraskelse var da en usædvanelig strandgæst. En Almindelig Kjove valgte at lande på stranden, hvor den i en rum tid fouragerede på  sælrester ved strandkanten. Det viste sig, at den ikke var sky, da både hunde og turister kom tæt forbi den. Men på et tidspunkt blev denne konstante trafik for meget for fuglen, og den valgte at søge længere ind ved kysten. Det var ikke en helt normal adfærd fuglen viste, hvilket måske skyldes de anstrengende storme, der har været til havs, så vi valgte at indsamle fuglen, således den kunne blive sendt videre til en vildtplejestation.


Foto: Knud Pedersen

Det lykkedes, vi indsamlede den og fik den ringmærket ved Det Grå Fyr, hvorefter den blev afhentet af vildtplejestationen, der har tidligere erfaringer med at hjælpe Mallemukker tilbage til havet. Vi krydser fingre for at vi ser denne fantastiske fugl ude over havet igen inden længe. 




Her til aften har vores gæster Jette og Anders lavet et helt fantastisk måltid med fisk og rodfrugter, og oven i det også lige en fornem gammeldags æblekage. Mange tak for det!

Ringing (Kabeltromlekrattet):

Munk - 1

Rødhals - 1

Rødstjert - 1

Total: 3

Ringing (Det Grå Fyr):

Almindelig Ryle - 1

Almindelig Kjove - 1

Total: 2

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People: Antonia Greil, Hayley Land, Rebecca Cheape, Gustav Nyberg, Simon Kiesé, Simon S. Christiansen, Knud Pedersen, Jette and Anders.

Northern lights!

tirsdag 19. september 2023
af Simon Kiesé

Today's blog post starts not with the morning activities, but with a highlight that happened earlier. And for that I have to backtrack for a moment.

At the beginning of this year, I realised for the first time that there was a chance of seeing auroras even in Germany. As a result, I read up on the forecasts and measurements and finally managed to photograph a faint aurora. I had stowed this knowledge away deep in my mind and dug it out again last night after I got the news from Germany about increased Kp values. It was shortly after 9 o'clock and after a long day we had already gone to sleep. As there was just a hole in the cloud cover, I sent the message to our fuglestation group, went out of bed in my pyjama and got my camera ready. Then the girls came out of their room, excited by the possibility to see an aurora. Together we went out. I walked the route barefoot. We could directly see a brightening in the starry sky, but only through the camera could we really see the colours. Then we walked on to block out the disturbing light sources. Now we could see it even better and suddenly a beamer of the aurora came too and was easily visible to the naked eye. Now the photos were also better and we took a few photos of ourselves in front of the aurora. What a great spectacle!

 DSC 4327493aurora/Northern Lights at Skagen

The next morning we went to World's End 3 for the migration count. Due to the wind, we were unfortunately unable to ring.But we were able to see a Red-necked Grebe (
Gråstrubet Lappedykker), two Great Skuas (Stor Kjove) and - again - some ducks. In contrast to yesterday, there were fewer Wigeons (Pibeand), but more Shovelers (Skeand). Afterwards, we fled from a big rain front, dried off and then set off for a very big shopping trip.

I went out to Grenen again and I could see some Kittiwakes (Ride) and Razorbills (Alk). Then we spent the entire afternoon checking sheets of the last week with Simon. After that we had a nice dinner (Gustav is the rice-man) and prepared for nightcatching.

DSC 4300492

People: Antonia Greil, Hayley Land, Rebecca Cheape, Gustav Nyberg, Simon Kiesé, Simon S. Christiansen, Knud Pedersen, Jette and Anders.

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