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Goodbye and thanks for the birds

søndag 31. juli 2022
af Martina Hillbrand

Max and Simon were out again last night in the hope of catching more storm petrels (stormsvale), but the weather was not really good any more since it was starting to get windy and I guess we have been lucky once so we shouldn’t complain about not getting more.

In order to make up for the bad luck they had had at night, Alice and I went to the ringing at Kabeltromlen early in the morning and we did get quite lucky! We had a fair number of birds on every net check, not too many and not too few. It was actually a perfect day for ringing. We had mostly the same old species and still not a lot of migration or birds that we only catch on migration but again lots of juvenile Whitethroats (tornsanger og gærdesanger), showing that obviously it has been a year with good breeding success for these species.

To brighten up our day even more, a great spotted woodpecker (stor flagspætte) came for a visit around the area. We heard and saw him first and then suddenly we couldn’t hear him any more so I had an inkling that maybe it was in one of our nets and it was! It was a juvenile, probably born rather recently in one of the forested areas around Skagen that was wondering about to explore the area.

Greatspotted Woodpecker

Another woodpecker species, the wryneck (vendehals) also visited us again at the ringing. It was caught in the nets in the last net check before closing and the ring it had revealed it was the same bird that we ringed the other day.

In the late morning Simon guided a walking tour around Grenen and he took the visitors to also see the ringing. They got to see the obligatory tornsangers after looking at some rare orchids on the way out.

orchid tour

While Alice and I were ringing, Nathan did the sea watch. There wasn’t a lot of migration happening, but he did see quite a few shorebirds roosting on the beach, including 18 dunlins (almindelig ryle). Other than that he saw 4 dead young seals on the beach, which was very sad. We don’t know what they died from but hope there won’t be more!

In the afternoon after the obligatory data entry, we welcomed our new guests for the coming week. It is their first stay here, so they don’t know yet what they are up for but we hope they will enjoy it anyways.

And a rather sad notice: I am leaving tomorrow to go back to Germany where the summer holidays end in 2 weeks and I have to work again. In order to not have to miss all of autumn migration, I made arrangements to take a group of students on a field trip to Skagen in September. Hope everything works out fine.

I have been here less than a month this time and, of course, time flies. It’s sad that I didn’t get the busy days of migration, but we did get two foreign recaptures and despite them getting a bit boring after ringing so many, I do love tornsangers and gærdesangers and I am happy that they have lots of babies. Obviously the single most thrilling event during my stay here was the catching and ringing of the storm petrel (stormsvale) yesterday in the early morning. They are such amazing creatures and lead such an interesting life. Also, their plumage is very thick and soft and they have a gland on their nose to get rid of salt from sea water. The gland makes them look a bit strange but they are extremely pretty birds.

So, all that is left to say for now is thanks for all the good birds and for the good times and hope to be out again soon! Take good care everyone and keep birding!

Martina pic

 

Ringing (Kabeltromeln):

Stor flagspætte (Great Spotted Woodpecker) 1

Solsort (Blackbird) 1

Musvit (Great Tit) 1

Tornsanger (Common Whitethroat) 16

Munk (Blackcap) 10)

Løvsanger (Willow Warbler) 1

Gærdesanger (Lesser Whitethroat) 3

Rørsanger (Reed Warbler) 3

Kærsanger (Marsh Warbler) 2

Gransanger (Chiffchaff) 1

total: 39

 

Today’s observations in Dofbasen from observers in the area

People: Alice Scalzo, Nathan Delmas, Max Laubstein, Martina Hillbrand, Simon S. Christiansen and our guests Finn and Marianne

Luck from the shore

søndag 31. juli 2022
af Alice Scalzo

Last night Martina was on duty to check the nets every now and then while we were sleeping soundly. I remember being suddenly awake at 01:55 in the night by the sound of her voice saying "if you want to see a Storm Petrel (Lille Stormsval) it's now". Luck was on our side ! It was only one bird, but it was the bird we were all hoping for. A few birders also came to see it. We were all so happy about our catch that it was hard to go back to sleep afterwards.

WhatsApp_Image_2022-07-31_at_14.04.11.jpegThis morning was less eventful. I was on sea watch while Nathan and Max went ringing with Simon, Lisa, and two Swedish friends. The hours passed slowly as there was very few birds migrating, only the last hour brought some waders migrating and a resting Black tern (Sortterne) on the beach.
At the ringing there was a little more birds than usual. And they were happy to get a Redwing (Vindrossel).
Martina went out later to read some gull rings and cut the grass at Kabeltromlen.
In the late afternoon I got the chance to join a boat tour. I hoped on the "Oberon skagen" with Simon and Lisa, and a couple more birders. We saw some Whimbrels (Småspove), a juvenile Caspian gull (Kaspisk måge), and a Fulmar (Mallemuk). The sea was very nice and we could enjoy the view of Skagen from the sea while the sun was slowly setting.
 
WhatsApp_Image_2022-07-31_at_13.57.49.jpegWe also got news from a color ringed Greater Black-backed gull (Svartbag) who was ringed in Hirsholmene in 2010. We saw it a few days ago at the beach, which makes it  12 years old gull, and funny thing is that he was spotted a few years ago in a town where I lived in France !
Rita left the station in the morning. It is always sad to see someone leave, we were all very happy to have her here ! Best of luck for her travels, studies and other plans !!!
Have a good evening,
Alice.
Ringing (Kabeltromlen + Grenen):
 
Lille Stormsvale (European Stormpetrel) 1
Gærdesmutte (Wren) 1
Kærsanger (Marsh warbler) 2
Rørsanger (Reed warbler) 1
Løvsanger (Willow warbler) 2
Gærdesanger (Lesser withethroat) 3
Tornsanger (Comon withethroat) 11
Munk (Blackcap) 4
Gransanger (Chiffchaff) 1
Lille Gråsisken (Lesser redpol) 1
Total 27
 

People:  Rita DeLucco, Alice Scalzo, Nathan Delmas, Max Laubstein, Martina Hillbrand, Simon S. Christiansen, Lisa Vergin, Per Österman, Johanna and our guests Margit and Jesper.

Goodbye From a Tornsanger

fredag 29. juli 2022

This morning was my last morning opening nets for the Skagen Fugelstation this summer, and as usual we were greeted with a beautiful sunrise and several mosquitoes. As I walked down the same winding paths I walked countless times this summer, I thought of everything I learned, my colleagues who helped me, Esben and Martina who trained me, and of the many birds I extracted, bagged, and rung. I find that it's easy to get caught up on all the things you need to improve on, that you ignore the progress you are making and on that early morning net check it all came flooding back to me. In 40 days I have met colleagues who have come and gone, different supervisors with different ways of closing mist nets, a member of parliament, countless photographers, all whom are interested in birds and in love with Skagen. The enthusiasm and breathtaking scenery that draws people to this location every year makes Skagen Fuglestation a unique place to work, and my time here has made me a little more curious, a little more skilled, and definitely a little more interesting.

The morning itself without nostaligia and introspection was much like earlier in the week. Martina and I opened the nets around 4 AM and we had a low number of birds in the first few rounds, but by the end we did manage to process 10 different species. One of the species we processed is one that is common to many, but uncommon in the nets and is the skovspurv ( tree sparrow), and it brought a smile to Martina’s face as it brought back memories of her early ringing days. But the last bird I rung was a perfect representation of my time at the ringing table this summer. Ater we closed the nets, I pulled out a fresh tornsanger out of a little red bird bag as I had done many times before. I don’t doubt I will come across other tornsangers in the future, but it was definitely the perfect way to say goodbye to KAB.

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Skovspurv. Photo credit: Martina

My last night here is far from over, after a nice dinner at an Italian restaurant in downtown Skagen with the team, we all got ready for the long night ahead that will hopefully be filled with interesting birds including the sought-after storm petrel (Stormsvaler). Last night’s first attempt this summer to catch the small petrel with the aid of mist nets and a megaphones with playback was not fruitful, but the team remains hopeful. Check back tomorrow for updates on the night catching, and the activities of the Skagen Fugelstation team!

 

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Nets on the beach near the lighthouse for nightcatching. Photo credit: Rita DeLucco

Thank you and Goodnight!

- Rita M. DeLucco

Solsort (Blackbird) 1

Gærdesanger (Lesser Whitethroat) 3

Tornsanger (common Whitethroat) 7

Munk (Blackcap) 3

Kærsanger (Marsh Warbler) 1

Rørsanger (Reed Warbler) 1

Gransanger (Chiffchaff) 1

Musvit (Great Tit) 1

Skovspurv (Tree Sparrow) 1

Gråsisken (Redpoll) 1

Total 20

Local observations of the day in DOFBasen

 

 

 

Summer weather

torsdag 28. juli 2022
af Martina Hillbrand

It has been one of the very few mornings with no clouds around here which makes the sunrise look completely different.

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As we did the last few days, we split up and Max and I did the sea watch while Simon went ringing at Kabeltrommlen with Rita and Nathan. Both sites were quite slow and less eventful than the last days, however, the weather was considerably more enjoyable than earlier this week.

Goodies of the day were 3 bearded reedlings (skægmejse) at the ringing and the largest number yet counted of terns roosting on the beach (more than 600!).

Not a bird but a very special rarity was spotted by Simon also at Kabeltrommlen during the morning: Apatura iris (Iris). This butterfly has never been observed in Skagen before!

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Photo by Alice who came out to "twitch" the butterfly!

An interesting situation occurred, when a common guillemot (lomvie) came to shore, probably because it is sick and needed to rest. This meant that it also allowed tourists to get really close to it and take pictures. People even called to say they found a little penguin! For future reference, if you find a bird that looks unhealthy around here, you can always call animal rescue at the phone number 1812 and they will tell you what to do or whether they can help the bird.

Tonight we will start a marathon of ringing day and night, hoping to catch storm petrels (stormsvale) at night which we want to establish a research project on in the future if we can get enough of them. This is a test run trying to see how best to catch these birds that normally spend almost al their life out in the sea and only come to land for breeding and even this is done mostly on islands far out at sea. One of the biggest breeding colonies can be found on the Faroe Islands, so technically, Denmark is a very good place for this species. Contrary to most birds, petrels have a very good sense of smell, which allows them not only to identify their partner but also to find food at night. Storm petrels are long distance migrants, but since they are so rarely spotted on land it is very hard to study their migration. We will see if we can help with that in the future. Wish us luck!

Ringing at Kabeltrommlen

Landsvale (Barn swallow) 1

Løvsanger (Willow Warbler) 2

Gransanger (Chiffchaff) 2

Tornsanger (Common Whitethroat) 6

Gærdesanger (Lesser Whitethroat) 1

Munk (Blackcap) 2

Skægmejse (Bearded Reedling) 3

Lille Gråsisken (Lesser Redpoll) 2

Rørspurv (Reed Bunting) 1

Total: 20

 

Local observations of the day in DOFBasen

People: Rita DeLucco, Nathan Delmas, Alice Scalzo, Max Laubstein, Martina Hillbrand, Knud Pedersen Simon S. Christiansen, and our guests Margit and Jesper.

Stockholm Syndrome

onsdag 27. juli 2022
af Max Laubstein

Hello everyone!

As has been the norm for the past few weeks, for today's fieldwork we split into two teams.  Martina and I left for Kabeltromeln to go ringing at 4:00 am, and Rita and Nathan went to World's End 3 at Grenen to do the daily autumn migration seawatch.  Brief rains in the first two hours of the ringing hampered bird activity, but when the rains stopped we managed to catch a good assortment of resident species such as song thrush (sangdrossel), blackbird (solsort), reed bunting (rørspurv), chaffinch (bogfinke), and a gorgeous lesser redpoll (lille gråsisken), as well as a few migrants, such as willow warbler (løvsanger).  Interestingly, a high proportion of the birds today were recaptures, likely a result of us having ringed a decent number of this season's juveniles, and low rates of overnight migration.  Alice and her mother, who is currently visiting Skagen, came by the ringing for the last few hours, and not long after their arrival, the day's unequivocal highlight flew into our nets.  An after second calendar year (i.e., adult) reed warbler (rørsanger) is, on its own, no big surprise seeing that a lot of them breed around here.  But closer inspection of the aluminium ring already fitted around its leg revealed an exciting 9-letter word: "STOCKHOLM." 

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Recapture Rørsanger from Sweden

Reed warblers (rørsanger), Acrocephalus scirpaceus, are common breeding birds in the wetlands around Skagen. They are very hard to distinguish from their sister species marsh warbler (kærsanger) unless they are singing since their songs are very distinct. The physical appearance, however, it very similar so on migration when they are not singing it is always a challenge to distinguish the two species and even when you hold them in your hand it can be hard. Both migrate from Sweden through Denmark to West Africa. Marsh warblers migrate quite a bit further and therefore earlier. They also almost exclusively use the „Eastern Flyway“ crossing the Arabic peninsular on their way to Africa, whereas reed warblers stay in the north longer and mainly choose the „Western Flyway“ passing the Mediteranean at the Channel of Gibraltar. Since reed warblers are very common breeding birds in wetland areas and most bird ringing stations in Europe are set up in such habitats, reed warblers are also a common species to recapture. This means that we have very good information on how and when and where they migrate. There are recaptures of birds as long as 12 years after they were ringed, which is quite impressive considering the small size and the amount of travel such a bird conducts each year! All we know about the bird we caught today so far, is that it was not born this year. Who knows how many times this small animal has flown across the equator in its life. It is genuinely marvelous that a minute feathered creature brings tales of Afrotropical scrublands shared with hornbills, sunbirds, and zebra, to cold windswept dunes here in Skagen. With regards to this blog's corny title, its unlikely our Swedish-ring-wearing warbler friend felt any admiration for its temporary captors (us), but its political-border-oblivious story sure held us captive with affection. We will report the bird to the Swedish ringing center and hopefully soon know more about its biography.

All the while, Rita and Nathan had quite an exciting seawatch, reporting a Manx shearwater (Almindelig Skråpe) passing by close to shore, black terns (sortterne), and a great skua (storkjove) that landed on the beach for a while!

The rest of the day was spent resting, inputting data, and repairing nets.  Tomorrow, we look forward to good migration conditions, which hopefully bring good birds into our nets and flying by the shore!

Chau

Max

 

Ringing Totals:

Common Chiffchaff (Gransanger): 4

Eurasian Reed Warbler (Rørsanger): 2

Lesser Whitethroat (Gærdesanger): 2

Icterine Warbler (Gulbug): 1

Willow Warbler (Løvesanger): 1

Reed Bunting (Rørspurv): 1

Common Whitethroat (Tornsanger): 1

Eurasian Blue Tit (Blåmejse): 2

Garden Warbler (Havesanger): 1

Eurasian Blackcap (Munk): 1

Common Chaffinch (Bogfinke): 1

Common Blackbird (Solsort): 1

Total: 18

Local observations of the day in DOFBasen

People: Rita DeLucco, Alice Scalzo, Nathan Delmas, Max Laubstein, Martina Hillbrand, Knud Pedersen, and our guests Margit and Jesper.

More Than a Breeze

tirsdag 26. juli 2022
af Rita M. DeLucco

Once upon a time in the early morning hours, foreign bird banders up at KAB asked a local birder if there was ever a time of year in Skagen with less wind, and the local smirked and said ‘’no, it’s always windy’’. Though it is always somewhat windy, the past couple mornings have been windier than usual and have kept us from opening our mist nets up at KAB. However, members of our team were able to conduct a migration and roost count at the tip. Around 4:30 AM armed with their scopes, binoculars, seats, and counters Alice and Max trekked through the sandy beach to the little dune overlooking the tip, the wide beach dotted with colorful pebbles, and the seas. Once at the top, they set up their scopes in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the expected migratory species that usually appear this time of year. In the first hour of observation, the team spotted two black terns, alongside the many herring gulls and common terns usually present on the beach. By 7AM the team accompanied by Knud spotted a couple exciting species including different types of skuas such as: great skuas, arctic skuas, and a long-tailed skua that stole the show.

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Long-Tailed Skua, Photo credit: Knud Pedersen

The morning observations ended at around 9AM after the routine 4 hour counting process, and Martina joined the group at the tip to attempt to resight some ringed gulls. With the aid of her scope she was able to get a good look at a couple different rings, but she soon started to feel the effects of the wind. As the wind started to pick up, the scope started to shake and as Martina held on and attempted to continue her work, the wind increased nearly toppling the scope. Unfortunately, the combination of strong winds, tourists enjoying the beach but often unintentionally flushing the birds cut Martina’s mission short, but fortunately she did not leave empty handed.

 

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Martina spotted a gull spotting her with a scope. Photo credit: Martina Hillbrand

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Size comparison: Great black-backed gull (Svartbag) on the left vs. lesser black-backed gull (Sildemåge) on the right. Photo Credit: Martina Hillbrand

The winds do not only affect our ability to open the mist nets, but also have an impact on migration depending on their direction and intensity. The effects of the wind can also been seen on the tourists attempting to walk to the tip, bikers biking to town at a snails pace, and on the sand as well as dunes near the beach. So, for all of those still out there braving the winds, cover up and hold on! Coz what’s Skagen without a little wind?

Local observations of the day in DOFBasen

People: Rita DeLucco, Alice Scalzo, Nathan Delmas, Max Laubstein, Martina Hillbrand, Knud Pedersen, and our guests Margit and Jesper.

 

 

Rain on the beach

mandag 25. juli 2022
af Martina Hillbrand

The beach around here is always nice for bird watching, however, on days with so-called ‘bad’ weather it may be especially so. You never know which rarity a storm might wash to shore. So when it is stormy and rainy it is always good to go take a look at the beach. It is not quite as peasant, of course, as doing a bird count in the sunshine.

This morning started just after midnight for Max and me, since we had decided to try our luck with night catching. Rain at night should have made it possible, however, the forecasted rain didn’t come at the time it was forecasted, so visibility was too good and birds could get away from us. It was a good chance to get used to using the thermal binoculars, however.

After one hour of sleep, I got up again to check the weather forecast and contrary to what was expected last night, in the morning it seemed like most of the rain would pass just south of us. So I told Nathan an Rita that it was okay to try and do the count and myself went to open some nets in Grenen (not all of them since it was unclear if it was going to rain or not and I needed to be prepared and able to close quickly if necessary. That’s also what I did after an hour, as it already started to rain.

The forecast said it would stop after two hours, so I took my chance to check out the beach and saw a small flock of sanderlings next to a lot of roosting gulls and terns. When the rain stopped, I went to open the nets again because not only on shore but also inland a storm could have brought nice birds. And maybe it did, or it was just coincidence that just after the rain there were two rosefinches (karmindompap) in the net. One juvenile and an adult, possible a young and a parent travelling together.

Other than that, not a lot of birds have been called, although downscaled to the lower number of nets and hours the number of birds was comparable to the last few days. And the mix of species was similar too. Tomorrow winds will drastically change and the clouds between Norway and us will clear up so as to allow migration to finally get moving for real. It will probably be too windy tomorrow to find out, however, on Wednesday we will be prepared for larger numbers of birds again.

In the afternoon, our guests for this week arrived – a little later than usual because of illness. Also, we did some data entry while it was raining outside. While at work at the computer we also received some recovery data on birds ringed by this station and found in Spain. It is always nice, when one of your birds gets reported somewhere else, even though this may not be the main use of bird ringing any more, it is still just amazing to see how the birds travel such long distances. Especially when it is a tiny bird like a chiffchaff (gransanger), which was ringed at the end of September 2009 in Skagen and recovered at the end of November in the same year 2500 km away in Córdoba, Spain. Whyever the information took more than 10 years to arrive here, we do not know but we are happy to report that that chiffchaff was alive and well when it was captured and released in Spain.

The same is unfortunately not true for a songthrush which we ringed here in 2018 only for it to be shot in Spain 3 months later. It will always remain a mystery why anybody would shoot birds, unless they really need them for food – which is probably not true for most people in Spain, and if it were, wouldn’t you rather take a bigger bird?

In the evening Knud took Nathan, Max and me to Jerup strand to go bird watching there. It was a very successful trip as we saw lots of shorebirds, including grey plovers, dunlins and ringed plovers (all in the picture below), cranes (an adult and a juvenile in the picture) and we also managed to read some gull rings again.

grey plover jerup

cranes jerup

Also, to make it a perfect day, we got rained on yet again, but the light after the rain was just amazing. I guess, it was exactly that which makes this area so famous for painters.

rain on the beach

 

Ringing at Kabeltrommlen:

Kærsanger (Marsh Warbler) 1

Rørsanger (Reed Warbler) 1

Tornsanger (Common Whitehtroat) 2

Munk (Blackcap) 1

Karmindompap (Rosefinch) 2

Total 7

 

Local observations of the day in DOFBasen

People: Rita DeLucco, Alice Scalzo, Nathan Delmas, Max Laubstein, Martina Hillbrand, Knud Pedersen, and our guests Margit and Jesper.

They are coming back to Skagen !

søndag 24. juli 2022
af Nathan Delmas

Hello everyone !

Like yesterday, today was a slow day for birds; but some nice divers (great and black throated) were spotted by Max, Alice and Erik.

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Amazing high quality picture of a black-throated diver taken by Max

 

Another clutch of ring plovers has also been sighted on the beach and we are looking forward to ringing them !

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4 ring plover chicks seeking shelter under their parent (Photo taken by Alice)

 

When it comes to the ringing, we had few birds in quantity but 10 different species in the nets which is always enjoyable. On the way back to the light house, Martina spotted the Crested Lark near the parking lot near the dunes.

Later in the day, Alice went with Jørgen Kabel to see a Polygonia C-album; it only has been observed a couple of times in Skagen !

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Polygonia C-album taken by Alice

 

Tonight, Max and Martina are going to do some night catching on the beach and we all wish them good luck !

That is all for today folks !

See you tomorrow

 

Nathan Delmas

 

Ringing Totals:

Common Chiffchaff / Gransanger : 1

Sedge Warbler / Sivsanger : 1

Willow Warbler / Løvsanger : 1

Chaffinch / Bogfinke : 1

Yellow Hammer / Gulspurv : 2

Lesser Redpoll / Gråsisken : 1

Great Tit / Musvit : 2

Common Whitethroat / Tornsanger : 6

Reed Bunting / Rørspurv : 2

Eurasian Blackcap / Munk : 1

Total : 18

 Local observations of the day in DOFBasen

People: Rita DeLucco, Alice Scalzo, Nathan Delmas, Max Laubstein, Martina Hillbrand, Knud Pedersen, and our guests Iben and Olivia.

Cutting Net Lanes

lørdag 23. juli 2022
af Max Laubstein

Greetings!

Unfortunately, there is not much to report on the bird front today. While the past few days have been quite productive for ringing and seawatching (our two main fieldwork projects for the autumn), today was an exception. Overnight and throughout the day it's been quite cloudy, and for southbound migratory birds coming from Norway, Sweden, and perhaps elsewhere, making the flight across the Kattegat or Skagerrak in a dense grey fog with no visibility is far from preferable. Hence, few migrants arrived here in Skagen; Rita and Nathan reported a very inactive seawatch at World's End 3, and Martina, Alice, and I had a similarly slow day of ringing with 17 birds, the highlights being 2 Icterine Warblers (Gulbug) and 1 Reed Bunting (Rørspurv). However, days like today are fascinating displays of the relevance of weather conditions to bird migration, and truly, a day can never even be considered mediocre when there's birds involved!

After their seawatch, Rita and Nathan went into town (while Martina, Alice, and I rested) to do some grocery shopping and search for the continuing Little Auk "Søkonge" in the Skagen harbor. This bird was found a few days ago by local birders, and is quite a rarity for the summer! Little Auks breed in large colonies on islands in the North Atlantic within the arctic circle, including Greenland, Svalbard, Jan Mayen, Franz Joseph Land, and Novaya Zemyla among others (though there are some small colonies known in the extreme North Pacific in the Bering Strait). They regularly spend their winters in the waters surrounding Skagen, so in general they're not a rarity, but it's the time of year that makes this individual interesting, Perhaps this bird migrated prematurely, or got lost while on a foraging foray, but what's for certain is that this bird is behaving strange. After a short search, Rita and Nathan found the auk, and were surprised to find it approach within a few meters of them, allowing wonderful views and photo opportunities.

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Little Auk (Søkonge).  Photo by Nathan

Later in the afternoon, Knud Pedersen drove Martina, Nathan, and I to Nordstrand so we could walk to the nearby Cormorant "Skarv" Lake to finish clearing lanes for mist nets at at a new CES ringing site. CES, which stands for "Constant Effort Sites," is a standardized bird ringing program which seeks to regularly ring birds at the same site every year through the breeding season. The data collected from CES ringing is incredibly valuable for estimating the survivorship and reproductive output of local bird populations, and documenting changes in those variables over time. After several hours of hard work, mosquito bites, and water logged boots, we finished cutting all of the net lanes, and are excited to begin ringing at this site next year!

Cheers!
Max

Ringing Totals:

Common Chiffchaff / Gransanger : 2

Great Tit / Musvit : 2

Common Whitethroat / Tornsanger : 5

Reed Bunting / Rørspurv : 1

Eurasian Blackcap / Munk : 2

Lesser Whitethroat / Gaerdesanger : 1

Reed Warbler / Rørsanger : 1

Icterine Warbler / Gulbug : 2

Marsh Warbler / Kaersanger : 1

Total : 17

 Local observations of the day in DOFBasen

People: Rita DeLucco, Alice Scalzo, Nathan Delmas, Max Laubstein, Martina Hillbrand, Knud Pedersen, and our guests Iben and Olivia.

Favorable winds

fredag 22. juli 2022
af Alice Scalzo

This morning had been very good for both the ringing and observations teams. The weather did not look promising at first with the sky completely covered in clouds, but it didn't stop the birds from coming. Martina, Rita, and Nathan, were at the ringing and enjoyed the lucky captures of not one but two Green sandpipers (Svaleklire), and one Red-backed Shrike (Rødrygget Tornskade). It was the first time for Nathan and Rita to get these species in the nets. 

WhatsApp_Image_2022-07-22_at_17.28.07.jpegGreen sandpiper, picture from Nathan
Meanwhile at world ends 3 two birdwatchers were sitting, eyes glued on their scopes. That was Max and I, looking at the waders resting at the tip. We spotted one Grey plover (Strandhjejle), 13 Sanderlings (Sandløber), and 2 Dunlins (Almindelig Ryle). We were soon joined by Knud, in due time because then the migration started to be more active. We had flocks of waders passing by, more than 200 Red knots (Islandsk Ryle) in total, but also many Bar-tailed Godwits (Lille Kobbersneppe), Whimbrels (Småspove), and a few more Dunlins and Grey plovers. It was really great to see all these birds passing by, and train to recognise them better.
We can start to see the effects of the beginning of autumn migration, and we are excited to get many more birds, and bird species in the next weeks.
WhatsApp_Image_2022-07-22_at_17.28.09.jpegRed Knot, picture from Max
The afternoon we spent indoors. We wished to ring the House martins (Bysvale) chicks but unfortunately it started raining. So it was data entry, computer work, and nap time instead.
Have a good evening,
Alice.
Birds ringed in Kab:
Svaleklire (Green sandpiper) 2
Gærdesmutte (Wren) 1
Jernspurv (Dunnock) 1
Rorsanger (Reed warbler) 4
Gulbug (Icterine warbler) 1
Gaerdesanger (Lesser withethroat) 7
Tornsanger (Common withethroat) 8
Munk (Blackcap) 3
Gransanger (Chiffchaff) 5
Blamejse (Blue tit) 1
Musvit (Great tit) 2
Rødrygget tornskade (Red backed shrike) 1
Rørspurv (Reed bunting) 3
Total 41
People: Rita DeLucco, Alice Scalzo, Nathan Delmas, Max Laubstein, Martina Hillbrand, and our guests Iben and Olivia.

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