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Yesterday, the weather forecast said very strong wind for tomorrow. Fortunately, it ‘changed his opinion’ during the evening and so we decided to try the ringing in Kabeltrommelkrattet in the morning. And it was really worth it! Even if the wind increased a little bit during the morning the birds were still very active. And so we had a good morning with cool observations and awesome birds in the ringing. The variety of the ringed birds was very good today. There were four different species of tits, where the highlight was a flock of 12 Long-tailed Tits (Halemejse) and two Coal Tits (Sortmejse). The Long-tailed Tits got the fitting nickname ‘small teddybears’ from Gitte. Furthermore, we had a Water Rail (Vandrikse) and two Sibirian Chiffchaffs (Sibirisk Gransanger, ssp. tristis). The final highlight was another Lesser Whitethroat (Gærdesanger) – it’s probably the sibirian subspecies blythi. The bird even honoured us with it’s nice callings from a bush very close to us, we immediately started to record it and it sounded mostly like a blythi. Now the DNA has to make the last call. Observations next to the ringing were a Waxwing (Silkehale), many Mistle trushes (Misteldrossel), a flock of Bearded Tits (Skægmejse), a Parrot Crossbill (Stor korsnæb) and a Lesser Whitethroat (Gærdesanger). And before leaving Kabeltrommekrattet we found together with our guests a Rough-legged Buzzard (Fjeldvåge). All these highlights were hard to beat. However, Knud found two Little Auks (Søkonge) and two Pomarine Skuas (Mellemkjove) out at Verdensende 3.
Accurate measurments of the Lesser Whitethroat from the boss himself :)
12 Long-tailed Tits in one net
Jan Peder showed us today why Simon is calling him ‘handyman’ with fixing all our bicycles, waders and some new hooks in the ringing side – thanks for that amazing work!
In the afternoon Chris had a talk downstairs in the Birder’s Club. It was about living in Svalbard, among polar bears. He gave us a good insight how the life on an island with 4 months without sunshine and no higher vegetation then 20 cm. There were many interested guests joining. To be fresh for the talk we went swimming before. Today, even Laia joined, because she was lured by false promises of sunshine.
Further south the Lighthouse of Rubjerg Knude was moved further into land today. Really crazy to just move a 720 tonnes heavy lighthouse. Hmm but maybe it would also be an idea for out grey lighthouse? Could be nice to have the lighthouse out at the tip and then we can do the observations just from inside :D
Water Rail – Vandrikse – 1
Wren – Gærdesmutte – 4
Dunnock – Jernspurv – 2
Robin – Rødhals – 5
Blackbird - Solsort – 3
Song Trush – Sangdrossel – 2
Sibirian/Steppe Lesser Whitethroat – Sibirisk/Steppe Gærdesanger (ssp. Blythi/Halimodendri) – 1
Blackcap – Munk – 6
Sibirian Chiffchaff – Sibirisk Gransanger (ssp. tristis) – 2
Goldcrest – Fuglekonge – 7
Long-tailed Tit – Halemejse – 12
Coal Tit – Sortmejse – 2
Blue Tit – Blåmejse – 12
Great Tit – Musvit – 3
Bullfinch – Dompap – 2
Bullfinch ssp. Europaea - Lille Dompap – 3
Reed Bunting – Rørspurv – 1
People: Simon S. Christiansen, Christian Stolz, Judith Kloibhofer, Laia Soler Iglesias, Koen Stork, Gitte & J. Peder, Knud Pedersen, Jørgen Kabel & Igor.
Today Koen and Christian went to open the nets this morning and Judith, Gitte and I joined them later as well as Oluf that helped us today in the ringing. Christian parents were also at the ringing place with us. After that, they went to do some observations at Northstrand where they spotted some Gannets (Sule), Red-throated Divers (Rødstrubet Lom) and Snow Buntings (Snespurv).
Today there weren't so many birds if we compare it with the last two days. This means less stress and more time to look in detail each bird. We ringed a Great Grey Shrike (Stor tornskade)! Actually this bird was in Koen's dream list. He was really excited when he found it in the net.
Knud was also out for observations at Northstrand today. He spotted 3 Little Auks (Søkonge), 999 Razorbills (Alk) and a flok of 500 Western Jackdaws (Allike) among other cool birds.
Our neighbours were really busy today. J. Peder was repairing our bikes and also our waders! And Gitte was helping us in the ringing and then she joined Simon that was conducting a tour for kindergarten teacher students. After that, she boiled some skulls from dead birds in order to get the skulls (that soup smell really bad!).
After that, Christian, Judith and I worked with the radar at the same time that we went to the beach to spot the birds flying by (Judith and Christian also got their daily swim then).
Meanwhile, Simon was doing some administrative tasks at the Bird Observatory.
Judith cooked Strudel for dinner and it tasted awesome!
Fuglekonge - 5
Gransanger - 2
Lille Dompap - 3
Stor Dompap - 4
Munk - 5
Jernspurv - 1
Gærdesmutte - 5
Rødhals - 15
Bjergirisk - 1
Stor Tornskade - 1
Solsort - 1
Sangdrossel - 1
Vindrossel - 1
People: Christian Stolz, Judith Kloibhofer, Laia Soler Iglesias, Koen Stork, Gitte & J. Peder, Knud Pedersen, Torben Sørensen, Jørgen Kabel & Igor, C+M Stolz, Oluf Lou, Simon S. Christiansen
The day started with Judith and I opening the nets at Kabeltrommelkrattet. It was a nice morning and not so cold, we could hear a lot of birds flying around while waiting for the first round. At this time, Koen and Christian were in their way to Kabeltrommelkrattet to join us for the first round.
Was a really good morning with a lot of birds and good variety. And a bit stressful too! Today we had the Ringing tour group (guided by Simon) visiting us and also there was a Life tour (guided by Christian and Judith) during the morning. Because of that we had to close the nets early in today's beautiful morning.
The tour was really nice and our new neighbours attended the tour too.
But this wasn't bad at all because we had a lot of birds in all the rounds and could manage to get 71 birds in a bit more than half a morning!
At Jennes Sø Michael was also out ringing a few birds and could enjoy observations of a Great Grey Shrike (Stor Tornskade) in the area.
After closing the nets, we were taking measurements and pictures of the Lesser White-throat (Gærdesanger) which is rarely found at this time of the year. Rolf saw it by the telescope from Verdens Ende 1 too!
Lesser White-throat (Gærdesanger) ssp. halimodendri/blythi
After that, we entered today's data and we had lunch. And we spoke with some tourists that came by at Birder's Club.
Meanwhile, Simon was doing activities with junior Rangers and he also received a visit from his grandma and his mom.
We were also doing some computer work during the afternoon. Judith and Christian get their daily swim and I did a clean up at the beach (in and out of the water).
Blåmejse - 4
Musvit - 1
Løvsanger - 1
Gransanger - 1
Munk - 10
Gærdesanger - 1
Fuglekonge - 5
Gærdesmutte - 8
Rødhals - 29
Sangdrossel - 3
Vindrossel - 2
Jernspurv - 1
Bogfinke - 1
Kvækerfinke - 2
Dompap - 1
Rørspurv - 1
People: Christian Stolz, Judith Kloibhofer, Laia Soler Iglesias, Koen Stork, Michael Ancher, Gitte & J. Peder, Knud Pedersen, Torben Sørensen, Jørgen Kabel & Igor, Erik Christophersen, Simon S. Christiansen
Today I was sick, so I slept long (very long) this morning. Laia, Judith and Christian went out ringing at Sardinkrattet. Our guests also woke up early to take a long walk and see the sunset. They enjoyed the peaceful morning and did some birding and they found some Deer tracks.
Ringing at Sardinkrattet.
In the meantime, Christian, Laia and Judith had opened the nets and started ringing. The ringing was quite good, they caught another weird Chiffchaff (Gransanger)! They took feathers so DNA-analysis can take place and then we know for sure if it is just a Chiffchaff or another Siberian Chiffchaff (Sibirisk Gransanger)! They caught a very late Reed Warbler (Rørsanger) as well, really cool stuff! Apart from those two highlights, they caught a bunch of usual species. There were not that many birds so they had a chance to study the birds for a bit which was a really good experience. At Jennes Sø Michael ringed 11 birds, among those a beutiful Siskin (Grønsisken).
Reed Bunting (Rørspurv)
After they closed the nets they had lunch at the spot and started with sewing nets which took them basically the whole afternoon because it’s really precise work.
In the meantime, I started to feel better and went out to do some birding. I started with an hour of sea watching. There was not so much around, a few Black-legged Kittiwakes (Ride) and some other common stuff. However, at one point I picked up a small gull that flew very far out. It looked really promising for Sabine’s Gull (Sabinemåge) but it was just too far out and I lost it pretty soon after discovery. I packed up after an hour and met with Christian’s parents, really nice people! They will be visiting here for a week.
First year Robin (Rødhals) showing its wing.
Then I decided to check the bushes at Fyrvej, where I found a nice Siberian Chiffchaff (Sibirisk Gransanger) and two Mistle Thrushes that showed pretty good, long time since I had such good views of that species! Apart from that and a few Goldcrests (Fuglekonge), there were not so many birds around so I headed back home. The rest also arrived after having sewed nets all afternoon, now they are masters in net sewing!
Ringmærkning (Sardinkrattet + Jennes Sø)
Lille Gråsisken: 4
Folk: Christian Stolz, Judith Kloibhofer, Laia Soler Iglesias, Koen Stork, Michael Ancher, Britta & Lotte, Knud Pedersen, Torben Sørensen, Jørgen Kabel & Igor, Erik Christophersen
En uges ophold på Skagen Fuglestation.
Vi har været så heldige at kunne bo i fuglestationens lejlighed i en uge og bare det, har været en oplevelse i sig selv
- at bo med sådan en udsigt!
Skagens Gren er så meget mere end
Det er også
Og så er der også alt det bag klitterne
Der skal spejdes i alle retninger
Godt vi havde gummistøvler med, når vi forsøgte at følge efter de frivillige når de fangede småfugle i net for at ringmærke dem. Og spændende at følge processen med at måle vingelængde, veje, ringmærke mm, inden fuglene blev sluppet fri igen.
Tak for en super uge i selskab med Laia, Judith, Koen, Christian, Simon og de lokale fuglefolk.
Ringmærkning (Sardinkrattet + Jennes Sø)
Lille Gråsisken: 4
Folk: Christian Stolz, Judith Kloibhofer, Laia Soler Iglesias, Koen Stork, Michael Anker, Britta & Lotte, Knud Pedersen, Torben Sørensen, Jørgen Kabel & Igor, Erik Christophersen
Sjagger og hvidnæbbet lom
I dag var det Michael, Koen og jeg som dro ut for ringmerking ved Jennes Sø. Som vanlig fikk vi mange brunsisikene (lille gråsisken) og sammenlignet individuelle og kjønnspesifikke fargevariasjoner av fjærdrakten. Ellers var vi begeistret for en gråtrost (sjagger) og den første gråsisiken (nordlig gråsisken) i høst. Vi håper nå at mange flere finner veien til Skagen de kommende måneder.
I mellomtiden var Knud, Judith, Laia og Torben ute ved Verdens Ende 3 for å telle fugletrekket over sjøen. En trekkende gulnebblom (hvidnæbbet lom) var et klart høydepunkt og førte til stor jubel fra Knud. I tillegg var polarjo (mellemkjove) og islom (første gang at norske og danske navn er det samme) fine observasjoner. Nå det gjelder tallene, var det i dag kun lomvi (lomvie) og særlig alke (alk) de artene som dukket opp i større mengder. Så bestemte de seg for å sjekke ut måkene (måge) på stranden for å finne ringmerkete individer. Iblant måkeflokken stod det plutselig 3 kaspimåker (kaspisk måge) og observatørene fikk fine bilder.
Kaspisk måge, Foto Knud Pedersen
Da vi kom tilbake fra morgenobs og ringmerking, viste det seg at Rita har vært på stationen for å forberede oss til Halloween! Tusen takk Rita for godteri, lyktkjede og servietter – alt i Halloweenstil!
Britta & Lotte dag begynte med en besøk av ringmerkerne og observatørene på en lang morgentur. Så var det på tide å sjekke utstillingen på ettermiddagen fordi det hadde begynt å regne. Vi var også hovedsakelig opptatt med å jobbe innendørs, men etter at regnet stoppet, sjekket Laia, Judith og jeg at telemetriantennen fremdeles var i god stand (og det var det!).
Deretter var på tide at Lotte, Judith og jeg svømte i Kattegat igjen og dagen ble avsluttet med mat og prat.
Ringmerking (Jennes Sø)
Blåmeis – Blåmejse – 3
Kjøttmeis – Musvit – 1
Gjerdesmett – Gærdesmutte – 1
Rødstrupe – Rødhals – 7
Svarttrost – Solsort – 1
Gråtrost – Sjagger – 1
Gråsisik – Nordlig Gråsisken – 1
Brunsisik – Lille Gråsisken – 13
Folk: Christian Stolz, Judith Kloibhofer, Laia Soler Iglesias, Koen Stork, Michael Anker, Britta & Lotte, Knud Pedersen, Torben Sørensen og Rita Pate.
Musikk: Bendik - Drømmen Gjør Meg Ingenting
Ring Ouzel, Siberian Chiffchaffs, Waterrail & Firecrest!!!
What a morning! We ringed 72 birds in only three hours and also rarities underneath them! One Ring Ouzel (Ringdrossel), two Siberian Chiffchaffs (Sibirisk Gransanger), a Water Rail (Vandrikse) and as a highlight a Firecrest (Rødtoppet Fuglekonge). Especially the Firecrest is not caught every year up here, so it was special to see. Also some local birders were happy to here about this news on Zello and joined us to see all the highlights close.
All the highlights together!
Firecrest (Røtoppet Fuglekonge)
Siberian Chiffchaffs (Sibirisk Gransanger)
It seemed like we caught all the good birds away, because Michael over at Jennes Sø had not that many birds as he is used to have. Still, he had a nice variety of different species, including 3 cute goldcrests and 3 nice lesser redpolls..
Christian, Knud and Torben were doing observations at the tip. In the morning they were happy to see that the weather was unexpectedly good, but unfortunately fog appeared very soon and covered the view over the sea (what was good for the rest of us in the ringing). But equipped with an umbrella Chris continued the observations and found among others also 14 migrating Purple Sandpipers (Sortgrå ryle).
Fog is getting more and more...
In the afternoon Jesper had a talk in Birders Club about the Life-project going on here in the dunes and heaths around Grenen. Afterwards we started cleaning our apartment, the Birders Club and the Lab downstairs. Also thanks to our guests of the apartment for your help! Afterwards we needed a refreshment and so Chris and I went for our daily swim. This time we could even convince our guest Lotte and so we were three enjoying the cold water in the last sunshines of the day. In the meantime Laia was walking in the water and collected some plastic, that was washed ashore. One special finding was a big glas bottle. Unfortunately it was not a message in a bottle but it was filled with a chemistry liquid inside – it smelled like alcohol but we are not totally sure. We brought it to Flemming and he will bring it to the waste disposal side – thanks! Britta did not want to join the swimming and went for a walk. On the beach she met Knud and had a nice view of the Black Scoter (Amerisk Sortand) through his telescope. So he is still out here chilling on the sea together with the other ducks.
Mysterious bottle found on the beach
In the evening we had a delicious pie with a carrot and a beetroot salad next to it. It was cooked by our neighbours Lotte and Britta and all of us enjoyed it very much!
Ringing (Kabeltromlekrattet and Jennes Sø):
Water Rail – Vandrikse – 1
Wren - Gærdesmutte - 6
Robin – Rødhals – 35
Ring ouzel – Ringdrossel – 1
Song Trush – Sangdrossel – 3
Redwing – Vindrossel – 1
Blackcap – Munk 8
Chiffchaff – Gransanger – 2
Sibirian Gransanger (ssp. tristis) – Sibirisk Gransanger – 2
Goldcrest – Fuglekonge – 9
Firecrest – Rødtoppet Fuglekonge – 1
Blue Tit – Blåmejse – 5
Great Tit – Musvit – 9
Siskin – Grønsisken – 2
Lesser Redpoll – Lille Gråsisken – 3
Bullfinch - Lille Dompap – 2
Reed Bunting – Rørspurv – 2
People: Simon S. Christiansen, Christian Stolz, Judith Kloibhofer, Laia Soler Iglesias, Koen Stork, Henning Hvid Ettrup, Michael Anker, Britta, Lotte & Anne, Karin Christiansen, Erik Christophersen, Knud Pedersen, Torben Sørensen, Jørgen Kabel & Igor, Søren Skov, Michael Funch, Hanne & Jens Eriksen, Jesper Blom Hansen, Lene Kappelborg, Nullermand.
Fog, Dissections & Oman
It was dark and foggy when Laia and me opened the nets at Kabeltromlekrattet this morning, while redwings (vindrossel) were flying over us. Because of the fog the birds flew fairly low and many seemed to come down as well - calling out of the bushes around us.
Together with the rest of the team (Simon, Henning, Judith and Koen) we went started to collect the birds from the nets at sunrise. This morning was the best so far this autumn in terms of bird numbers. Robins (rødhals) were clearly the number one species with 41 newly ringed birds, but also 13 goldcrests (fuglekonge) were a good number. Most of these were caught in the first round, which meant that we were busy with ringing and taking measurements and therefore deployed for the first time this autumn two ringers working simultaneously. Britta, Lotte, Anne and Karin joined us out at Kabeltromlekrattet as well.
The fog didn't lift during the entire morning, so it was tricky to do observations during the ringing. Anyhood, we saw a flock of 11 bearded tits (skægmejse) and heard more calls of that species throughout the morning. A grey wagtail (bjergvipstjert) overflying was also fine.
Unfortunately we had to stop shortly after 10, because the fog turned into rain.
This afternoon we had our annual dissection event. Many families attended and used the chance to see and learn about the inside of a bird. From the many dead birds that people find and bring to us, we chose a herring gull (sølvmåge), a razorbill (alke), a tawny owl (natugle), and a common buzzard (musvåge) for public dissections.
In addition we examined some smaller songbirds and a bat species. We also started to prepare the head, feet and wings of several of the birds. Laia also boiled the head of a bat to get a skull for educational purposes in the future.
Just before sunset, I went out to Kabletromlekrattet again to deploy the night microphone. For the first time of the day, the sun was visible in between the clouds and many birds were pretty active before going to sleep. Among others, I happened to stumble upon a yellow-browed warbler (hvidbrynet løvsanger) along the tractor tracks and a great grey shrike (stor tornskade) at Kabeltromlebakken.
In the evening Hanne and Jens presented their experience (birdwise and more) from living for many years in Oman. The talk was well attended and many friends of the bird observatory came by.
Goldcrest - Fuglekonge - 13
Common Chiffchaff - Gransanger - 3
Eurasian Blackcap - Munk - 3
Dunnock - Jernspurv - 2
Eurasian Wren - Gærdesmutte - 9
European Robin - Rødhals - 41
Redwing - Vindrossel - 3
Common Blackbird - Solsort - 1
People: Simon S. Christiansen, Christian Stolz, Judith Kloibhofer, Laia Soler Iglesias, Koen Stork, Henning Hvid Ettrup, Britta, Lotte & Anne, Karin Christiansen, Hanne Eriksen, Jens Eriksen, Friends of Skagen Fuglestation.
Thanks to Rie Voetmann for providing us with an awesome chocolate cake as well!
Writing music: The Receiving End of Sirens - Between the Heart and the Synapse
Bird observations from North Beach!
The day started with strong intermittent showers to light rain until mid-morning. The rain didn't stop Judith and Christian that went out to do observations at North Beach with Britta & Lotte (our neighbours).
When the rain stoped I joined them and we stayed there until 13:00h.
The highlights of today were: Great Northern Diver (Islom), Pomarine Skua (Mellemkjove) and Great Skua (Storkjove).
In the meanwhile, Koen went out for observations to several sites but unfortunately, he couldn't find any bird. It wasn't a good birdwatching day for him.
And Simon had a meeting this morning at the Bird Observatory so he was busy during the morning. After that, he picked up his mom. They have also spotted a Short-Eared Owl (Mosehornugle) in Nedermose.
Today also arrived Anne to stay a few days with us.
Christian, Judith and I went out to the beach where they had their daily swim while I was walking in the water and jumping to avoid the jellyfishes.
After that, Christian got a haircut, nice job Judith!
After lunch Simon, his mother and our neighbours (Britta, Lotte & Anne) went to the harbour to see the Little Auk (Søkonge) that has been seen there during the afternoon.
And we also had a really nice dinner made by Judith!
People: Simon S. Christiansen, Christian Stolz, Judith Kloibhofer, Laia Soler Iglesias, Koen Stork, Knud Pedersen, Torben Sørensen, Britta, Lotte & Anne.
The one that got away
Today, the weather was too bad to go ringing. Me and Judith chose to sleep long while Inga, Christian, Laia and our guests went up early to go out and go birding. Inga, Christian and Laia went to World’s End to go observing but soon after they arrived they were forced to go to Sælbunker and continued their observations there. Highlights included two Great Skuas (Storkjove) and the long-staying Black Scoter (Amerikansk Sortand)! Our guests spent most of their day taking walks, their highlight was a close encounter with a Seal!
In the meantime, me and Judith got up and had breakfast. I did some personal stuff on the laptop and sorted our picture archive! Everyone came back from observations and we had the lunch/breakfast that Simon brought with him. Then, Christian and Judith went out to open the nets in the lighthouse garden so they could hopefully catch some birds and show how the ringing process works to the many tourists that were here today. They caught not a single bird, but they had some nice experiences with the tourists that were there! Then Inga left already, she was just here for two days to visit Christian. It was really nice to have her!
In the meantime, I went outside to do some birding at Fyrvej. The birding in general was pretty good with many Robins (Rødhals), Goldcrests (Fuglekonge) and Siskins (Grønsisken). And I found a European Stonechat (Sortstrubet Bynkefugl) and a Slavonian Grebe (Nordisk Lappedykker), both are scarce species here!
European Stonechat (Sortstrubet Bynkefugl)
Slavonian Grebe (Nordisk Lappedykker)
I walked around the camping for a while and saw some more stuff such as a late White Wagtail (Hvid Vipstjert) and eight Bramblings (Kvækerfinke) that were foraging with some Chaffinches (bogfinke). Since there were many birds around, I decided to walk even further, up to the white lighthouse. My eyes fell upon a nice patch of pine trees, close to the beach. There was a Chiffchaff (Gransanger) in it. I walked a bit further in and saw a bird going around the corner in a split second. I really didn’t see what it was but it triggered me anyways so I decided to stay. After 30 minutes of waiting, playing some sounds and more waiting I walked to the place where I had seen the bird at first. Almost immediately I flushed a bunting, a bunting in such an isolated patch of pine trees! Exciting! It flew around the corner again and gave few ‘tick’ calls so I knew it was something good, my feelings were right! I saw it flying away but couldn’t follow it due to the trees that were in my view. Sadly, me and other birders that came to help failed to refind the bird. Major bummer!
While searching for the buntings, birding was still good with many Reed Buntings (Rørspurv) and Yellowhammers (Gulspurv) in the area as well. And a nice flock of birds with four species of Tits, not so common for me. But no ticking bunting…
Coal Tit (Sortmejse)
I went back to the observatory after two hours of searching, in the meantime Laia, Judith and Christian went for their daily swim. After they came back they noticed that there was a White Wagtail (Hvid Vipstjert) sitting inside Birder’s Club! Christian immediately wanted to catch it and so they did! Not a regular species to catch here, and it’s the only bird to be ringed today!
After that we had the daily evening meeting, and while we did we saw a Black Redstart (Husrødstjert) at the lighthouse! It has been around for a while, maybe we’ll try to catch it soon. Then, we had dinner and after dinner there was a night tour. There were quite many tourists attending the night tour which was good to see! Laia and me were night catching while Simon was guiding the tour. We looked at the tip and at Kabeltrommelkrattet to see if we could find any birds but there weren’t any around. We noticed good migration of Redwings (Vindrossel) and Song Thrushes (Sangdrossel) and we even managed to see a Song Thrush migrating in the flashlight.
White Wagtail - Hvid Vipstjert - 1
People: Michael Ancher, Simon S. Christiansen, Christian Stolz, Judith Kloibhofer, Laia Soler Iglesias, Koen Stork, Inga Stolz, Birthe Christiansen, Britta & Lotte, Knud Pedersen, Torben Sørensen.