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Last ringing days at the Ligthouse...

onsdag 24. november 2021
af Amandine Doré

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This morning, everybody was out to observe and try to catch a few last birds before ending this autumn season...

Angela, Rosalina and Justine went out to Jennes Sø where they met Simon to try to catch some Redpolls (Gråsisken). They opened up a few nets and played some Redpolls recordings, but they unfortunately did not manage to catch any. Only one bird, a recapture wren (Gærdsmutte) was caught in the morning...

I went out early in the morning to set up the whoosh net before the sunrise, to try to catch the flock of Snow buntings (Snespurv). This was unsuccessul as well, as the Snow buntings seemed to notice the net and carefully avoided it.

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Robbie and Knud joined me and started the observations. A Caspian gull (Kaspisk måge) was found amoung the hundreds of Herring gulls (Sølvmåge) by Knud, maybe the same indvidual as yesterday's, maybe a new one.. Apart from that, very very few birds were migrating and the sky was quite calm overall...

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A bit later in the morning, we saw, surprisingly, a Barn swallow (Landsvale) flying around Grenen, a very late individual. It was flying very low among the sand dunes, just in front of us.

Since the trapping of Snow buntings was not successful, we decided to try to catch this swallow... So we reconverted the woosch net in a misnet.... But the swallow probably got scared of us moving around and did not come back once we had set up the net.
It then started to rain, and I decided to pack and go back home, soon followed by Robbie.

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In the afternoon, Simon started to prepare a "Julefrokost ", an early traditional danish "Christmas lunch" (that we will have for dinner), while we were occupied by different cleaning/fixing tasks. Angela and Justine fixed the last broken pair of waders. I then entered data with Angela, and checked the last ringing sheets, while Justine, Rosalina and Robbie started to fix some nets in the attic.

Everyone is now helping out with the Christmas dinner and preparing for a nice last evening all together.

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Folk på stationen: Simon S. Christiansen, Rosalina Sø Leth-Nissen, Robbie Lawler, Angela Di Pumpo, Justine Costa, Amandine Dore, Knud Pedersen.

Scoter and Iceland Gull

tirsdag 23. november 2021
af Rosalina Sø Leth-Nissen

This morning, Angela and Justine set up the whooshnet at Grenen. They said that an earlier time would be more ideal so we'll see tomorrow if we will catch some snow buntings (snespurve).

Amandine opened the waterpipet nets (bjergpiber) but without any luck of catching any. Robbie went observing with Knud and they saw an Iceland Gull (hvidvinget måge) and a Caspian gull (caspisk måge), and a Great skua (storkjove).

I head-cleaned the apartment his morning which was really needed, and went crazy with printing labels on the Dymo-machine and putting them on various drawers and binders. We are all going home in less than a week so the next seven days will be mostly cleaning and tidying up.

In the afternoon we cleaned the bikes and Angela and Justine went grocery shopping.  Robbie also caught a Scoter in the afternoon which is a new species for the ringing this year!

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Ringmærkning - Fyrhaven

Blåmejse - 1

Gulspurv - 1

Total - 2

Ringmærkning - Grenen

Sortand - 1

Total - 1

Folk på stationen: Simon S. Christiansen, Rosalina Sø Leth-Nissen, Robbie Lawler, Angela Di Pumpo, Justine Costa, Amandine Dore, Knud Pedersen, Gunnar Christiansen Simonsen.

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Fail day but fun day

mandag 22. november 2021
af Justine Costa

Today was the extra catching day: Angela and I opened the Water pipit (Bjergpiber) nets between world end 3 and world end 2 with the nets that we set up yesterday.

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On the other side of the dune, Robbie, Amandine and Rosalina set up the wooshnet trying to catch some Snow Buntings (Snespurv) while observing with Knud. Unfortunately, none of us succeed today although we tried different strategies with recording calls, I hope tomorrow will be successful!

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However, the highlights of the observations were a Black Guillemot (Tejst) and flocs of Razorbills (Alk) and Guillemots (Lomvie).

During the afternoon, as usual, we opened the nets in the lighthouse garden, trying to catch local birds that are coming to feed. We caught one Yellowhammer (Gulspurv) which was a female born last spring. The rest of the day was based on sewing nets, office work and another try to catch some birds for Robbie who was really close to catch a Purple Sandpiper (Sortgrå Ryle) and an Oystercatcher (Strandskade).

Ring marking - Fyrhaven

Yellowhammer - 1

Total: 1

Folk på stationen: Simon S. Christiansen, Rosalina Sø Leth-Nissen, Robbie Lawler, Angela Di Pumpo, Justine Costa, og Amandine Dore, Knud Pedersen.

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Sea-watching at Grenen and Water-pipit net setting (Bjergpiber)

søndag 21. november 2021
af Amandine Doré

 

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Today, Robbie and me went for observations at the End of the World 3. Despite the wind and very cold weather, the sun was there and we did enjoy our sea-watching. We observed a lot of movements of Black-legged Kittiwakes (Ride), as well as auks (Common Guillemots, Lomvie and Razorbills, Alk). A lot of Snow buntings (Snespurv) were also feeding on the beach right in front of us, and we will hopefully manage to catch and ring some tomorrow.

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A Glaucous gull (Gråmåge) was seen by Knud at Grenen, and Rolf observed 4 Little Auks (Søkonge) at sea.  

We met Erik as well as Jørgen Kabel and Igor passing by. Knud also came out with his friends a bit later for a walk around Grenen, and Angela and Justine also joined us for a bit after finishing some cleaning tasks at the station.

After 2h of observation, I decided to go back home to finish the deep-cleaning of the lab, while Robbie stayed out at Kattegat bunker.

We also opened the garden nets in the late morning and caught 2 Yellowhammers (Gulspurv) and a Blue tit (Blåmejse)

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In the afternoon, we all headed again towards Grenen and set up some nets to catch, hopefully, Water pipits (Bjergpiber) tomorrow morning.

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On the way back, we carried some of the last equipment left at Kabeltromlen… We always need to be creative to fit everything on the bikes...

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This evening, we are all going out night-catching for woodcocks (Skovsneppe) or snipes…. Cold and windy weather might help us catch some birds!

Ring marking - Fyrhaven

Yellowhammer - 2

Blue Tit - 1

Total: 3

Click here to see today's observations from the DOF database of birds in Skagen

People at the station: Simon S. Christiansen, Rosalina Sø Leth-Nissen, Robbie Lawler, Angela Di Pumpo, Justine Costa, Amandine Doré, Jørgen Kabel & Igor, Erik Christopherson, Knud Pedersen

Grå dag og rengøring

lørdag 20. november 2021
af Rosalina Sø Leth-Nissen

I dag tog Justine, Angela, Robbie, Amandine og Simon ned til havnen og kiggede på måger og snespurve. Det foregik dog I regnvejr, så det var primært gennem bilruderne. Jeg blev hjemme for at arbejde på en ny video til de sociale medier om nattefangst.

Vi gjorde lørdagsrent efter frokost, og jeg sorterede biblioteket i stuen. Sikke mange bøger og støv. Amandine gjorde laboratoriet rent, og fandt bl.a. en kikkert bag køleskabet.

I aften tager nogle af os ud på nattefangst. Forhåbentlig fanger vi noget.

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Folk på stationen: Simon S. Christiansen, Rosalina Sø Leth-Nissen, Robbie Lawler, Angela Di Pumpo, Justine Costa, og Amandine Dore, Christian Østerby.

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The sea provides

fredag 19. november 2021
af Robbie Lawler

The high winds today meant we were unable to try and open the nets in the lighthouse garden. The winds didn’t weren’t enough to stop observations from a bunker near Skagen camping though. Whilst there were very few birds overall there were many Long-tailed ducks, Red-Breasted Mergansers, and an Oystercatcher. The afternoon was largely filled with admin tasks, with more net fixing so the Spring team has a selection of fixed nets ready to go.  

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Credit: Erik Christophersen

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There was some excitement to be found outside the avian world today; on my afternoon walk, I found an Otter in one of the inlets just in front of the lighthouse. I saw it diving and assumed it was a large duck species at first, how wrong was I. Simon has never seen an living otter here in Skagen, so it wasn’t just the volunteers who were happy today. We were treated with great views of it feeding, fingers crossed it continues it stays around.

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The excitement continued into the night as we headed out night catching. We managed to find a Cormorant on the beach on the way to Kattegat Bunker, and with some light footsteps on the stony beach, we got close enough for Amadine to get it in the net. Upon our returns to the observatory, we noticed it had some fishing line tangled around its mouth and neck, which we freed it of before rining and returning it to the beach. The feisty bird got a few bites in with its sharp bill, which combined with its excrement to truly sully the lab.

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Ringmærkning (Grenen)

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Folk på stationen: Simon S. Christiansen, Rosalina Sø Leth-Nissen, Robbie Lawler, Angela Di Pumpo, Justine Costa, og Amandine Dore.

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Art and rock pipit

torsdag 18. november 2021
af Angela Di Pumpo

When the sun becomes shy for a few days and the sky is dressed in its grey colour, you must find alternatives and creative ways to bring light into your day. This is part of the reason why Justine, Rosalina and I headed to the art gallery (Skagen Kunsthal) next to the harbour this morning, where we were welcomed by the curator Gorm Spaabæk. We spent a delightful time with him, who very kind and humble to show us his art pieces but also a vaste collection of less known Danish and international artists who drew and painted the most diverse landscapes and subjects. Needless to say, we genuinely had a lovely time and most of all we learned a lot. I can only suggest to our readers to pop by and pay him a visit if and when they will come back to Skagen.

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Meanwhile, back at the station Simon was receiving William Aarrestrup, who is the oldest active ringer in Danemark, and his friend Peter Jørgensen, who is a taxidermist (for people like me who didn’t know, the taxidermist is the person whose skill is to preserve animal body through stuffing). This was definitely the best day for them to be here since in the afternoon we caught a rock pipit (Skærpiber) by using our traps and a recording of its call and William was very enthusiastic because for him it was a new species in hand.

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While on a short birdwatching walk Robbie and Amandine saw also two red-brestaed merganser (toppet skallesluger) who apparently have been hanging around the lighthouse for some days now and, in anticipation of the bad storm who will hit us in the next days, they also took down the tent at Kabeltromlen and brought back all the ringing material that was left there.

The rest of the day, otherwise, went by with usual admin tasks like checking sheets, entering data and sewing nets.

But the night had another surprise for us! Robbie and Amandine went nightcatching and they caught a Jack snipe, which is the fifth of the autumn. Well done!

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Folk på stationen: Simon S. Christiansen, Rosalina Sø Leth-Nissen, Robbie Lawler, Angela Di Pumpo, Justine Costa, Amandine Dore, William Aarrestrup, Peter Jørgensen.

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Redpoll session and night victory

onsdag 17. november 2021
af Justine Costa

After yesterday's closing day, the weather was not ideal for observations so we were all allowed to enjoy a bit longer our bed. We all had our own occupations this morning: a little tour in Skagen for Amandine, contract negotiation for Rosalina, net fixing for Robbie, and a nice walk to Skagen for Angela and me.

After that, part of the team went with Simon to the harbor looking for gulls and other rarities that could hide there. The highlight of the trip was a young Arctic tern (Havtern), which is quite late for the season.

Although the nets at Kabeltromlen are now taken down, we still try to catch birds in the lighthouse garden: the nets were opened few hours during the day and we caught some local birds: Great tits (Musvit), Robin (Rødhals), and two Yellowhammers (Gulspurv), one male and one female. Good training to age and sex them!

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This afternoon, we did a session about Redpolls (Gråsisken) with Simon that you can find on our Youtube channel : 

Part I : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zzrh1oxqqCU

Part II : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0TA9fbJA0A

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I still have to learn but theoretically, we now know how to make the difference between all Redpolls subspecies (or species that’s the fun part). Let’s practice now!

Finally, the day ended really well for us: Angela and I went ”night catching” (at 17h) and we caught two Woodcocks (Skovsneppe)! A good way to end the day!

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Folk på stationen: Simon S. Christiansen, Rosalina Sø Leth-Nissen, Robbie Lawler, Angela Di Pumpo, Justine Costa, Amandine Dore.

Last day of ringing at Kabeltromlen and night-catching around Grenen

tirsdag 16. november 2021
af Amandine Doré

This morning was the last day of ringing at Kabeltromlen for this autumn 2021... We were all very motivated for this last day, hoping to catch some birds. The weather was perfect: relatively warm and almost no wind....

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We caught several recaptures from previous day, but not so many new birds. We recaught the Siberian Chiffchaff (Sibirisk Gransanger) that was ringed the day before, which was the first one in hand for me. Nice recaptures also included a beautiful male Bullfinch (Lille Dompap) and female Bearded tit (Skægmejse). 

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We also got the first and only Mealy or Common Redpoll (Gråsisken) of the season, and luckily had a couple of Lesser Redpoll (Lille Gråsisken) to compare with ! All of us were very happy to see it !

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The last bird ringed today ended up to be a nice first year male siskin (Grønsisken), after which we opened the bottle of Champagne we had brought to celebrate the end of the season in the field ! Jørgen and Igor joined us for this last day and shared the Champaign with us !

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After the ringing, it was time to take down all the nets and poles until next spring. After a couple of hours untying strings and rolling nets, we headed back home, happy and hungry.

In the late afternoon, Robbie and me went out for some night catching since the day have become much shorter. We were aiming at catching a Jacksnipe (Enkeltbekkasin). We almost managed to catch one in one of the reedbeds north of Kabeltromlen, but unfortunately, it flew off. We kept looking for some birds and saw some sanderlings (Sandløber) but didn't catch any as they are quick at flying off...  After a last check south of Kabeltromlen, we got the nice surprise of finding a woodcock (Skovsneppe).... and caught it ! We brought it back to the lab and ringed it. A very nice bird to have in hand and to look at, and surprisingly big ! 
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Soon after, we had a very typical danish dinner prepared by Simon ("Pork election dinner") with Jørgen, and ended up the evening talking around a piece of chocolate cake prepared by Angela. 
It was a perfect "ending" to the 2021 autum season...

Ringmærkning – Kabeltromlen

Sangdrossel – 1

Solsort – 1

Lille Gråsisken (cabaret)  – 2

Gråsisken (flammea) –  1

Rødhals – 1

Grønsisken – 1

Blåmejse – 1

Gransanger – 2

Fuglekonge – 1

Ringmærkning – Grenen

Skovsneppe – 1

Total: 12

Folk på stationen: Simon S. Christiansen, Rosalina Sø Leth-Nissen, Robbie Lawler, Angela Di Pumpo, Justine Costa, Amandine Dore, Jørgen Kabel & Igor

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Brun Løvsanger Sibirisk Gransanger!

mandag 15. november 2021
af Rosalina Sø Leth-Nissen

I dag åbnede Angela og jeg nettene ved Kabeltromlen. Vi ringmærkede sammen med Simon og Justine. Vi fik en Sibirisk gransanger som uafgjort var dagens højdepunktet for ringmærkningen. Vi fik også fuglens kald, som også ligger tilgængelig inde i DOFbasen: Sibirisk Gransanger

Robbie var ude og observere og så en bl.a. en Blå Kærhøg og to rastende viber.

Jacob Sterup fra Århus Universitet kom og hentede de døde lomvier og alke som vi havde samlet ind fra Grenen. Vi håber at universitetet kan finde ud af hvorfor fuglene dør.

Kl. 13 spottede Anders Nielsen en Brun Løvsanger! Robbie og Simon tog straks ud for at se den. De hørte den dog kun.

I eftermiddags tog vi til Strandby og derefter Bratten Strand. Vi købte ind på hjemvejen og hentede en tidligere frivillig, Amandine, som er her de næste uger.

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Ringmærkning – Kabeltromlen

Blåmejse – 4

Fuglekonge – 3

Gransanger – 1

Sibirisk Gransanger – 1

Lille Gråsisken – 3

Rødhals – 2

Solsort – 3

Vindrossel – 2

Total - 19

Folk på stationen: Simon S. Christiansen, Rosalina Sø Leth-Nissen, Robbie Lawler, Angela Di Pumpo, Justine Costa, Amandine Dore, Jørgen Kabel, Jacob Sterup, Søren Brink, Claus Madsen, Anders Nielsen, Erik Christopherson, Rolf Christensen.

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