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Whoosh Netting Day Two - Whoosh Harder

fredag 18. november 2022
af Jeppe Therkildsen Madsen

I decided to have a bit of a slow morning and didn't join the early observations at North Beach. The clouds had cleared a bit during the night and we had a really beautiful sunrise painting one side of the lighthouse a spectactular reddish orange which I could see while having my coffee. On my way to North Beach I overheard a flock of Waxwings (Silkehale) calling to eachother at Jenner Sø, but didn't directly observe any. Still it is nice to know they are in the neighbourhood as I think they are gorgeous birds!

And we had a spectacular happening at Jenner Sø today: Michael Anker caught and ringed a Firecrest (Rødtoppet Fuglekonge). It is seldomly enountered here and is the second one caught at Skagen this year.

Today's observations at North Beach were mainly dominated by the scoters, Common and Velvet, with the highlights being Long-tailed Duck (Havlit) and Red-Throated Diver (Rødstrubet Lom) and a solitary Mute Swan (Knopsvane) flying straight over us. Aksel and Louis went back to the house around noon to do a bit of cleaning - Aksel is also leaving us for the weekend but will be back again on Monday.

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The Whoosh Net

We decided to move the Woosh Net a bit farther down the beach to see if it would improve our Snow Bunting (Snespurv) luck. Moving the net was slightly difficult since the ground is sand on top and gravel underneat which makes it hard to fasten the pegs holding the lines. Still we prevailed and had several visits by the buntings at the new location, with a few interuptions from people visiting the beach and a sparrowhawk coming in low for a possible meal.
Neither the hawk nor we had any luck catching buntings though. In our case the net had been weighed down by sand blowing on to it and it didnt deploy when we pulled on the string.

Still the mood was high when we decided to call it off at 3pm; we were cold but undeterred and tomorrow surely we will catch some buntings!

Speaking of the cold the weather forecast promises us snow in the weekend. At least the wind is dying down and we may be able to go to Kabeltromlen this Sunday according to Simon.

People at the station: Aksel Y. Munkholm(½), Louis Kristoffer Poulsen, Diana Sciandra, Prescillia Lemesle, Knud Pedersen, Jeppe, Simon, Frank Osterberg and our guests Lars og Lone

Ringing at Jenner Sø

Rødtoppet Fuglekonge 1

Gærdesmutte: 1

Stor Gråsisken: 6

Lille Gråsisken: 6

Totals: 14

Today's Observations