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Three new species ringed and some Pink-footed Geese sightings

mandag 22. marts 2021
af Michaela Berdougo & Simon S. Christiansen

Hi folks!

I hope you all had a nice weekend and enjoyed the sun :)

Our day started well with very little wind, we were therefore able to open nets! For that, Daniel and I woke up at around 4:30 am. It wasn't as hard to wake up as I thought! We left the house at 5:05 am, on our way to Kabeltromlen. As a thin layer of ice was covering the water, we made our way through with waders over our many layers while listening to the electricity-like sounds of breaking ice.
It is such a privilege to see the sunrise every morning while out in such beautiful nature.

Jonas went observing at Verdens ende 1, and the others joined us for the first round. It was an exciting morning on both end as Jonas had a flock of 500 probable Pink-footed Geese (Kortnæbbet Gås), and we caught a Treecreeper (Træløber), a Wren (Gærdesmutte), and a Reed Bunting (Rørspurv), all new species for this season! :D

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Træløber

IMG 20210322 WA0007Lille Dompap male

IMG 20210322 WA0006Stor Dompap, female

IMG 20210322 WA0010Bright lemon-coloured Gulspurv male

After morning observations, Jonas came to join us in the ringing and ringed his 3rd bird, a Blue Tit (Blåmejse), and we all got to observe a Rough-legged Buzzard (Fjeldvåge), foraging very close by. 

IMG 20210322 WA0004Jonas looking at a Munk's fat

We closed the nets at noon and went back home to have some leftover wraps from yesterday. We then sorted bikes out as to see which ones we could use and the ones needing fixing, while the rest of the afternoon consisted in analysing the night recordings from last week.

We have discovered that a Bewick’s Swan (Pibesvane) named 59X on its neck ring and tagged with a GPS-tracker in Belgium has passed Grenen one of the days between the 10th and 14th of March, on its way to the breeding grounds in the tundra of Russia. The latest signals shows it's roosting just south of Stockholm. On its way it had a stopover around Råbjerg before it migrated out from Grenen towards the Swedish west coast. Maybe it was among those birds migrating during the mornings of the 13th or 14th? See Dofbasen for observations of Bewick’s in that period. Has anyone noticed it near Råbjerg the days before? See the tracks of this and other Bewick’s Swans to the project “The Odyssey of The Bewick’s Swan” from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

For dinner, Daniel cooked Bombay potatoes which were absolutely delicious. Now it's nearly time for bed as we are waking up earlier every day. Wishing you all a very happy evening, and a day full of birds tomorrow. :)

Ringing (Kabeltromlen):

Musvit - 5
Gulspurv - 1
Gærdesmutte - 1
Blåmejse - 2
Munk - 2
Stor Dompap (pyrrhula) - 1
Lille Dompap (europaea) - 1
Rørspurv - 1
Træløber - 1

Sum = 15

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Folk: Simon S Christiansen, Jonas Pedersen, Daniel Bloche, Laima Bagdonaite, og Michaela Berdougo. 

Busy seabird migration day

søndag 21. marts 2021
af Daniel Bloche

Since today the weather was too windy for opening the nets, we all started the morning together observing the seabird migration at Grenen. Although we tried to sit as wind-protected as possible in the Dunes, the first hours were quite cold. However, we were kept busy by a good seabird migration, especially Gannets (Sule), Guillimot (Lomvie) and Razorbill (Alk) were migrating in big numbers. Furthermore, we had some other nice and less common birds: Michaëla discovered a Purple Sandpiper (Sortgrå Ryle) and later on we had several Shags (Topskarv) migrating as well as a roosting Iceland Gull (Hvidvinget Måge). All in all a very good observation morning! After our standardized observation time Jonas met some of the other local bird-watcher at Worlds End I, who had seen a possible Pomarine Skua (Mellemkjove).
During the Observations, we also catched Snow Buntings (Snespurv) again. This time we only caught one new bird. However, we also managed to recatch one of the birds we already ringed. It was interesting to see, that they go into the trap again and now be able to see changes in fat and weight.

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Todays Snow Bunting (female, 2K)

Later in the afternoon, we worked a bit on the Reedbed-Trap, finding out which materials we need to finish it. Besides that we took the Sunday afternoon to relax a bit, so we can start powerful into the next week.

Unfortunately, our guests, Mette and Jesper, left this morning. Once again, it was very nice having you here! You have been a great company in field and during the dinners we had together. Thank you so much for helping us transporting net poles and getting groceries. However, Sundays are also the day were our new guests arrive. So, we are welcoming Berit and her sister at the Observatory and hope that you have a great stay.

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Ringmærkning (Grenen):

Snespurv - 1
 
Sum: 1
 
Folk: Simon S Christiansen, Mette and Jesper, Berit Alfrida and her sister, Michaëla Berdougo, Laima Bagdonaite, Jonas Pedersen og Daniel Bloche

Flere fine snespurve

lørdag 20. marts 2021
af Jonas Pedersen
Bestem en blandet dag, med knap så mange fugle... også alligevel. Dagen startede tidligt da nogle af os forventningsfulde åbnede nettene før solopgang og de andre tog til dem senere på morgenen, men det skulle floppe. For der kom ikke nogen fugle i nettene, også er det altså ikke sjovt at ringmærke. De underholdte dog hinanden med en lille dansk-engelsk fuglenavns quiz. Vores kære gæster, Mette og Jesper, tog derfor fra kabeltromlen og gik mod verdens ende 3. De andre pakkede ned fra kabeltromlen og gik hjemad, men lige da de var kommet hjem fik de et opkald fra selveste mig!

Jeg stod nemlig lidt senere op og gik ud for at observere med Knud. Vejret så spændende ud, da det gik fra hård østenvind til vestenvind, og et sådanne skift er altid sjovt og kan give gode fugle. Med mig havde jeg den fine fælde som vi brugte dagen før til at fange snespurve. Jeg mødtes med Knud ude i klitten og jeg brugte noget tid på at stille fælden klar, og gøre det på en måde der gjorde mig i stand til at udløse den imens jeg observerede. Der var nemlig mange snespurve idag, over 60, og fangstmulighederne var gode. Det tog nogle forsøg og nogle stille øjeblikke hvor snespurvene gik lige omkring fælden. Der skete ikke meget ude på havet så der var tid til at fokusere på fælden. Da flokken fouragerer lige på de fine korn vi har lagt ud ser jeg at der er nogle fugle der er langt nok under fælden til at den skulle have et forsøg. Bum, 3 fugle i fælden, jeg får hurtigt ringet til de andre og de bevæger sig mod verdens ende 3 for at ringmærke fuglene. Jeg får lagt fuglene i en pose og sætter fælden klar igen, der kunne jo komme flere. 

På dette tidspunkt var vores kære gæster, Mette og Jesper, nået ud til mig og Knud og de kunne altså igen være med til at overvære ringmærkningen af de fine snespurve. De har i løbet af dagen også gjort status på de fugle de har set og det blev vist til 9 helt nye arter. Det er jo også søndag imorgen, så Mette og Jesper tager desværre hjem, men ved i hvad, det har simpelthen bare været en fornøjelse at have jer på besøg! Vi siger mange mange tak for gode samtaler, oplevelser sammen med jer og selvfølgelig den fine gave. Håber vi ses en anden gang!
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Vi endte faktisk med at fange hele fem snespurve, 4 hunner og en flot ung han. Knud fangede nemlig en fugl mens vi ringmærkede og efterfølgende blev det Michaela der fik fælden over dagens sidste snespurv. Det blev altså også til min anden ringmærkede fugl og det var, ligesom den første, en stor oplevelse. Jørgen og Igor var også forbi og det er jo altid bare hyggeligt
 
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Eftermiddagen blev brugt på noget meget meget tiltrængt afslappelse og fritid. Der blev sovet, spist og spillet. Daniel fik trænet og fik en lille dukkert. Michaela fik fikset en cykel og i lejligheden blev der spillet lidt spil. læst og set noget film.
 
Michael Ancher er jo heroppe for tiden og idag blev der ringmærket i haven og det gav bestemt nogle fugle!

Til aften lavede Daniel noget lækker lasagne også er det nok tid til noget søvn nu
 
I må have en fremragende dag imorgen, det er jo søndag, nyd den. Dagen før arbejde, slutningen på ugen og den bedste dag til at sove længe og få noget god morgenmad. Vi skal desværre ikke sove længe, men istedet ud for at observere og forsøge med nogle flere snespurve. Knud tager nu til Djursland i noget tid, så vi må splitte lidt op når det kommer til observationer og ringmærkning. Men Knud, du må have en rigtig god tur!

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Ringmærkning(grenen):

Snespurv    5
 
Sum: 5
 
Ringmærkning(Nordstjernevej)

Musvit 12
 
Blåmejse 8
 
Grønirisk 1
 
Gulspurv 1
 
Sum: 22
 
Folk: Simon S Christiansen, Mette and Jesper, Michaëla Berdougo, Michael Ancher, Daniel Bloche, Laima Bagdonaite, Jørgen Kabel, Igor, Knud Pedersen og Jonas Pedersen

Sun, wind and the snow buntings

fredag 19. marts 2021
af Laima Bagdonaite

It was a cold and windy morning. Jonas, Michaela and Daniel went out to observe the sea, but they had to take shelter from the wind by the bunker. The first hour of observations was quite busy, Jonas spotted a puffin (Lunde) flying with a razorbill (Alk) not too far away from the shore. Mette and Jesper, who joined the guys in the dunes also got to see it! What a nice reward for enduring the cold! Overall a good number of razorbills (Alk) and guillemots (Lomvie) were migrating, a total of around seven hundreds!

Back at the station I was planning how to construct a portable field photo lab which we could have at the ringing site, and was looking up mirror traps! As I was waiting for the cold sea observers to return, I made some pancakes and hot cocoa to help them warm up!

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Then we had a nice brunch together and headed out to Grenen with some traps for the snow buntings (Snespurv). There we set up a pyramid trap, and two different walk-in traps and waited for the snow buntings to come and start feeding on the seeds we put out for them. We had some luck with the pyramid trap and caught two beautiful snow buntings, a male and a female. We were joined by Mette and Jesper, and Erik Christophersen, who also enjoyed seeing the snow buntings from up close! These were the first snow buntings caught since 2017!

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When we returned to the observatory, we did some data entry and had our evening meeting. Jonas made a delicious wok and cooked tofu for the first time in his life! :D Mette, Jesper and Michaela helped him to prepare the food. After the dinner we had a discussion meeting on moulting strategies and ended the day by watching some Brooklyn 99 with well-earned icecream! 

 

 

Ringing (Grenen)

Snespurv - 2

Ringing (Jennes Sø - Nordstjernevej)

Nordlig Gråsisken - 2

Lille Gråsisken - 3

Sum: two birds ringed at Grenen, five at Jennes Sø.

 

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Folk: Simon S Christiansen, Mette and Jesper,  Erik Christophersen, Michaëla Berdougo, Michael Ancher, Jonas Pedersen, Daniel Bloche, and Laima Bagdonaite,

 

Morning ringing at Kabeltromlen

torsdag 18. marts 2021
af Michaela Berdougo

Hi folks!

Our day today started very differently than previous ones, as we started ringing at Kabeltromlen! Laima and Daniel left the house at 5:20 am to open nets up, as Jonas, Simon and I woke up. Jonas went to meet up with Knud for morning observations in Grenen, while Simon, Mette, Jesper and I went to meet up with Daniel and Laima for the first net check. Finn and Peder soon joined us at the ringing table. Jonas and Knud had the great  opportunity of seeing a resting shag, and after two hours of observing, Jonas met with us and got to ring a robin as his first bird! 

Laima showing holds to Jonas

We caught some blackbirds (solsort), robins (rødhals), bullfinches (dompap), blackcaps (munk), a dunnock (jernspurv), a chaffinch (bogfinke), a great tit (musvit), blue tits (blåmejse), and the highlight species, long-tailed tits (halemejse)

ringing group picture

Michael Ancher was also ringing today at Jennes Sø as part of the observatory. We can hopefully meet him soon and maybe go ringing with them as well. :)

While Simon had meetings in the afternoon after taking us grocery shopping, we had a big cleaning party and reorganised cupboards and pantries. Delicious vegan burgers made by Laima, our most talented cook this season, and home made cookies are now waiting to get devoured... :D

Ringing (Jennes Sø - Nordstjernevej)

Blåmejse - 3

Musvit - 13

Bogfinke - 5

Gulspurv - 3

Nordlig Gråsisken - 2

 

Ringing (Kabeltromlen)

Solsort - 3

Musvit - 1

Rødhals - 7

Jernspurv - 1

Munk - 3

Dompap - 1

Stor Dompap - 2

Nordlig Halemejse - 2

Bogfinke - 1

Blåmejse- 1

Sum = 22 birds ringed at Kabeltromlen

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Until next time, be safe! :)

Folk: Simon S Christiansen, Knud Pedersen, Peder Dannow, Finn Laugo, Mette and Jesper, Laima Bagdonaite, Jonas Pedersen, Daniel Bloche, and Michaëla Berdougo

 

Reward after cold observation morning

onsdag 17. marts 2021
af Daniel Bloche

This morning we all four volunteers started again together with Knud the observation at Grenen. While yesterday was a nice, warm and sunny day, today the weather was cold and windy. However, we had a good number of Razorbills (Alk), Guillimots (Lomvie) and Gannets (Sule). Furthermore, we had relatively many Jackdaws (Allike) and other Corvidae migrating, so that the count of these species got quite overwhelming. A bit later Simon joined us at Grenen to try catching the Snow Buntings (Snespurv) again. They reacted very well on the corn we put out, though, we didn´t managed to catch them. The trap mechanism was slightly to slow for the fast reacting birds. But next time we gonna use another trap and then hopefully with more success. After Simon and our guests, Mette and Jesper, already left the morning observation, we stayed a bit longer in the unfriendly observation weather. And we got rewarded by a Puffin (Lunde) passing the tip a bit further distant. That was a great observation and a Lifer for Laima and me!

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Simon trying to catch Snow Buntings

In the noon Mette and Jesper took Laima and me to the Cormorant (Skarv) colony. We were checking, if they already started breeding, but only a few birds were around and none of them showed signs of breeding. Later in the afternoon we put up the final nets and prepared everything needed for the ringing start tomorrow. We all are really looking forward. Also, we will be perfectly prepared now with the freshly made bird-bags from Oluf and Majbritt. Thank you so much for the bags! The first bird we transported in one of the bags, when we opened the nets at the Lighthouse this afternoon, was a House Sparrow (Gråspurv). A bird not that often caught by the Station and also the first bird for me,that I could ring this year. Later this evening we had a nice Pizza-Dinner together with Mette and Jesper.

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Bird bags from Oluf and Majbritt

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Ringing (Fyrhavn)

Gulspruv – 1

Gråspruv – 1

Sum: 2

Folk: Simon S Christiansen, Knud Pedersen, Oluf and Majbritt Lou, Mette and Jesper, Michaela Berduogo, Laima Bagdonaite, Jonas Pedersen og Daniel Bloche

Topskarv tirsdag

tirsdag 16. marts 2021
af Jonas Pedersen

Tirsdag... En en god dag?
Ja, det er det helt bestemt, for idag skulle vi igen se topskarver, mange topskarver.

Vi står op, og vejrudsigten er god, så Michaela og Laima, der igår satte net op, tager istedet med Daniel og jeg ud på morgenobs. Vi mødes med Knud på parkeringspladsen og begiver os afsted mod verdens ende 3. På vej bliver der kigget godt efter knogler og rav på stranden da der er meget opskyld på stranden efter de forrige dages højvande. Lidt lomvie-kranier bliver fundet og vi får tjekket en flok skarver med håb om at de har en fin lille top. Det har de ikke, men vi når obsposten og hen ad dagen begynder solen at skinne så fint. Vejret bliver faktisk så godt at jeg for første gang tager øverste del af min flyverdragt og mine vanter af. Det er lækkert og der er gode fugle, vi ser bla. Sortstrubet lom, Lapværling, Havlit og selvfølgelig topskarverne. Topskarverne kom tidligt idag, først melder Knud om et enkelt individ og efterfølgende om 4. Pludselig ser jeg en stor flok af noget som godt kunne være topskarver langt ude, og Knud bekræftede at det var lige netop en meget stor flok topskarver, faktisk en rekordflok på 20 individer. Det var fedt.
Vores gæster Mette og Jesper var også ude forbi morgenobsen og Simon kom også med en fælde, som vi håbede at en lille snespurv ville gå i. Det ville de ikke. Jørgen og Igor kom også forbi, og som altid stjal Igor bare showet
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Der var åbenbart nogen der havde bestemt at vi skulle ud og have en dukkert i havet, så det gjorde vi da vi kom hjem, og det var godt nok en kold fornøjelse. 
 
Den skulle igen idag stå på netopsætning og da vi havde spist, drog de andre ud på et vaders-fyldt eventyr og da jeg havde indtastet i dofbasen var det også afsted for mig. Da jeg var lige ved at være ankommet til netbanerne ringer Michaela og siger at de selvfølgelig har glemt nogle pæle. Perfekt, så er det frem og tilbage en gang igen. Men idag får vi sat hele 9 net op og nu er vi lige ved at være klar. Jeg fik også lagt natoptageren ud så den skal stå og hygge sig natten over. 
 
I mellemtiden hører vi meldinger om at Frede Jakobsen har set en Stellersand på Hirsholmene, nå, hvordan kommer man mon derud?
 Frede Jakobsen stellersand
(Billede: Frede Jakobsen)
 
Da vi kommer hjem bliver vi hilst af Mette og Jesper som står og vinker oppe i fyrtårnet, de laver også en lækker middag til os, og i skrivende stund er jeg ved at falde om af træthed, så det må blive en godnat og sov godt herfra.
Og som altid hav en fremragende ondsdag!
 
 
 
Folk: Simon S Christiansen, Daniel Bloche, Knud Pedersen, Michaela Berduogo, Mette, Jesper, Laima Bagdonaite, Jørgen Kabel, Igor og Jonas Pedersen

A sunny dip... of the pine bunting

mandag 15. marts 2021
af Laima Bagdonaite
Hey hey! 
 
 
The morning started off slow with strong winds and a thick cloud cover. Daniel and Jonas headed out to the beach for the migration count. Unfortunately it was quite slow with three black throated divers (Sortstrubet lom) being the highlight. However, they were happy to see kittiwakes (Rissa) and many northern gannets (Sule), too. Meanwhile, Michaela and I were getting ready to go to the ringing area to set up more nets. Our guests Mette and Jesper kindly offered to drive us and all the nets and poles there, which has saved us a lot of time! Four nets were set up while bitterns (Rørdrum) and water rails (Vandriksen) were calling around! Mette and Jesper then walked to the dunes where Jonas, Daniel and Knud were observing the sea and joined them there.
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Everyone came back to the station around 10:00 and opened the garden nets. Eventually, two yellowhammers (Gulspurv) were caught, but as we were ringing them we got the news of the pine bunting (Hvidkindet værling!!!) being resighted at Rødhus. After ringing the yellowhammers (Gulspurv), Simon, Daniel, Jonas and I set off to twitch it, while Michaela went to see a doctor. Then on the way we picked up Jørgen who's celebrating his birthday today (Happy birthday!!) and went hoping to get to see the pine bunting as his birthday present! By the time we reached Rødhus, the sky was blue and the sun was warming us up.
 
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We spent three hours walking around the area, but unfortunately the pine bunting (Hvidkindet værling) didn't show again. However, we got to see a lot of beautiful yellowhammers (Gulspurv), bullfinches (Dompap), crested (Topmejse) and coal (Sortmejse) tits as well as some mistle thrushes (Misteldrossel) and heard a collared dove (Tyrkerdue)! While sitting down for a rest, I cleaned Jonas's binoculars and he realized you can actually see quite well through them once you remove the three layers of dirt!! So, despite dipping the pine bunting, we had a nice sunny day out in a lovely area!
 
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Meanwhile, back in Skagen, Michaela did some grocery shopping, took a nice long walk in the sun back from the city to the observatory and then spent the rest of the afternoon fixing a net.
 
It was a little hectic but fun start of the week! :) 
 
 
 
Ringing (Fyrhaven)
 
Gulspurv - 2
 
Sum: 2
 
 
Folk:  Simon S Christiansen, Daniel Bloche, Jonas Pedersen, Knud Pedersen, Michaela Berduogo, Mette, Jesper, and Laima Bagdonaite
 
 
 

En yderst oplevelsesrig søndag

søndag 14. marts 2021
af Jonas Pedersen

Ja, så blev det jo søndag, en herlig dag, den bedste dag på ugen måske endda?

Fugle var der ihvertfald godt med, en fremragende dag med flere sjældne fugle. Til start kan jo nævnes at morgenobsen idag bød på Islom 2, Topskarv 10, Mosehornugle og en meget fin Lunde som skulle afbryde morgenobsen lidt.
På trods af dagens høje kvalitet startede den jo på samme måde som alle de andre. Michaela og jeg stod tidligt op og fik skovlet noget morgenmad indenbords Vi var klar på en god dag, vejrudsigten sagde jo topskarv med det stille vejr. 
Vi mødtes med Knud på p-pladsen og gik derfra mod Verden Ende 3. Sælbunkeren blev tjekket som altid og denne gang rastede der 4 spættede sæler foruden den døde der har været der længe. Vi fik sat os til rette og der gik ikke længe før Knud ser en ung Islom der raster i Skagerrak foran os. Kort efter er Knud igen på pletten da han melder om endnu en islom der trækker sydøst. Vi bliver også belønnet med 9 topskarver og efter dette siger Michaela at hun har set en alk eller en lunde nede ved strandkanten så hun går ned og undersøger. Imens ser vi endnu en topskarv. Michaela kommer stille og roligt tilbage og siger at det er en lunde... WHAT?!?!? Knud og jeg sprinter øjeblikkeligt ned på stranden og ganske rigtigt ligger der en afkræftet ung lunde. Der kommer flere mennesker og ser den og vi beslutter os for forsigtigt at tage den til stationen og efterfølgende til et plejecenter i Ålbæk hvor den forhåbentlig vil få kræfterne tilbage. 
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I mellemtiden havde vi en journaliststuderende på besøg som der skulle høre om fuglestationens arbejde, og han fik vidst en på opleveren med sådan en lille søpapegøje. Vi åbnede også nettene i dag og det blev til 5 yderligere gulspurve, 3 fik ring på og 2 fik aflæst deres fine ring.
 
Efterfølgende gjorde vi klar til dagens andre begivenheder. Bla. ankomsten af vores nye gæster Mette og Jesper som også spiste med til aftensmaden. Velkommen til jer, håber i vil nyde opholdet. 
Dette betød selvfølgelig også at vi måtte sige farvel til Anders og Dorthe som vi har nydt rigtig meget at have på besøg her. Anders og Dorthe, tak for selskabet, de gode snakke og jeg håber vi mødes senere på sæsonen!
 
Udover det er det også i dag hvor Daniel og Laima er ankommet så nu er vi hele 4 på stationen! Det er sgu dejligt med nogle flere ansigter her. Da vi hentede Daniel tog vi også lige et smut igennem byen og så nogle fine silkehaler som var nye arter for Michaela, og de er jo altid fede. 
Daniel and Laima
 
Imorgen tager Daniel og jeg ud for at observere og Laima og Michaela vil sætte net op. Vi håber på flere fede fugle, og jeg håber i får en rigtig dejlig mandag.
 
Ringmærkning (fyrhaven): 
Gulspurv    3
 
 
 
folk: Simon, S Christiansen, Laima Bagdonaite, Daniel Bloche, Knud Pedersen, Dorthe H Jesnsen, Anders Østerby, Michaela Berduogo Mette, Jesper og denne fine søndags vært.

Whoop, whoop, Whooper swans!

lørdag 13. marts 2021
af Michaëla Berdougo

Hey folks! :)

Our day at the obs started as usual with a lovely breakfast. We put some seeds and apples out on our way out, and went to meet up with Knud. We had a few flocks of Whooper Swans flying over before Anders and Dorte met with us, and kept on coming, with a total of... 1762 Whooper Swans (sangsvaner) which is a new record for us!

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knud jonas michaela swans

Migration was very much present today, including some raptor movement with Red Kites (rød glente), White-tailed Eagles (havørn), and Common Buzzards (musvåge). A Lesser Black-backed Gull (sildemåge) also made his appearance right next to Great Black-backed Gulls (svartbag), making it great for comparaison between the two species. Jørgen joined us with his dog, Igor, that I finally got to meet!

Here is a 2nd year White-tailed Eagle (havørn): Havorn 2K

We opened the nets in the garden this afternoon so Jonas and I could train. We caught a lovely second-year male Yellowhammer (gulspurv) that I ringed and Jonas released after Simon showed us different ways of holding the bird. After a couple of hours, we closed the nets and Simon took Laima, our new volunteer for the season, for her covid test so she could hopefully join us tomorrow along with Daniel, also a volunteer!

After having done some data entering with Simon, we had a nice start to the evening with a lovely paella kindly prepared by Anders and Dorte for their last night at the observatory. Having travelled to Gambia, Anders showed us the stunning pictures him and Dorthe took of birds, landscapes and people they met along the way.

Until next time! Stay safe :)

 

Ringing (Fyrhaven):

Gulspurv 1

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Folk: Jonas Pedersen, Simon S Christiansen, Dorte H. Jensen, Anders Østerby, Jørgen Kabel, Igor, and Michaela Berdougo


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