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Bird Festival Day One

torsdag 18. maj 2023
af Lauren Evans

Today was the first day of the annual Bird Festival here in Skagen- a three-day festival with talks, guided tours, stalls, a bird race, competitions and more!

Michael and Lauren had the nets open at Kabeltromlen for sunrise and were later joined by Lisa and Kirsten and several different visitors from the Bird Festival. Unfortunately, they had a rather slow morning with only 7 new birds caught but this did give them the chance to go and see the 2 Pomeransfugl (Dotterel) which were resting outside the lighthouse.

18th May Dotterel

Pomeransfugl (Dotterel). Photo: Lisa Vergin.

I headed to World’s End and was joined by at least 75 birders from the festival throughout the morning! The highlights of the morning included 6 Islom (Great Northern Divers), 2 Topskarv (Shags) and 10 Mallemuk (Fulmar). The male svecica Blåhåls (Bluethroat) also remained in the lighthouse garden.

We also said goodbye to Yehonatan this morning, whose ringing expertise and excellent cooking has been a core part of the observatory these last three months and will be sorely missed. We welcomed Jens Speiermann who is staying with us for the duration of the festival.

A full list of today's observations can be found here.

Skagen Fuglestation: Michael Colley, Dante Shepherd, Lauren Evans, Kirsten, Jens Speiermann & Kirsten Bregn.

Kabeltromlen Ringing Totals:

Gærdesanger (Lesser Whitethroat)- 3

Gærdesmutte (Wren)- 1

Løvsanger (Willow Warbler)- 2

Tornsanger (Common Whitethroat)- 1

Munk (Blackcap)- 3

Gransanger (Chiffchaff)- 1

Total: 11