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We have a very cool bird here - but we don't know what it is

fredag 13. maj 2022
af Manuel Tacke

As always, when the wind is not too strong, we open the nets for ringing in the very early morning. Today Alice and Leona got up at half past three to have everything ready before sunrise. That is the standardised monitoring procedure. As the sun rose over the Kattegat, Simon and Hanelie joined for ringing and Manuel stared counting the usual four hours right at Kabeltromlebakken today.


During the morning, quite a few people joined to the "meeting point" Kabeltromle: birding, exchanging news, being surprised what is retrieved from the nets. Today some rarer guests came to the table in the cloth bags and are ringed, measured and weighed: A Wood Warbler Skovsanger, two Barn Swallows Landsvale, Spotted Flycatcher Grå Fluesnapper, Grey Wagtail Bjergvipstjert and the first Icterine Warbler Gulbug found their way into the nets. A nice variety of a good ringing morning.


Some beautiful species passed by the site while observing, too. A Golden Eagle Kongeørn is always a great species to see, otherwise you would have to travel several hundred kilometres, two Great Northern Diver Islom right over our heads were great to watch and a Spoonbill Skestork is not seen here every day either. A male Golden Oriole Pirol made a brief appearance on the tree tops of Ellekrattet and was great to see for a few observers, a real splash of colour.

Our guests Lisbeth and Vilhelm also stopped by the ringing site on their morning walk, get a close-up look at some Lesser Whitethroats Gærdesanger and also take a walk to the "tip".

For BirdLife Denmark we take our sound recorders out to different places at different times and record "soundscapes". Unfortunately, one of our Olympus recorders disappeared this morning near Grenen car park and we need it back. If anyone has seen it, please contact us!

The afternoon we spent indoors resting, entering data and making lunch. Robbe took the time to enter some data from a recorded night out at Kabeltromlen from 25th to 26th of April, which you can find here. Remarkable is that we managed to find a screeching Barn Owl Slørugle - a nice spring record. You can listen to it on Xeno Canto. 

Ringed Birds at Kabletromle:

Løvsanger: 18

Gærdesanger: 9

Broget Fluesnapper: 4

Landsvale: 2

Grå Fluesnapper: 1

Skovsanger: 1

Tornsanger: 1

Gulbug: 1

Rødstjert: 2

Bjergvipstjert: 1

Munk: 5

Havesanger: 3

Bogfinke: 2

Solsort: 1

Gransanger: 3

Total: 54


People at the Station: Hanelie Sidhu, Alice Scalzo, Manuel Tacke, Robbe Cool, Leona Gottschalkson, Lisbeth Drassech, Vilhelm Michelsen, Simon S. Christiansen, Joost Van Duppen, Rasmus Matthiesen