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We caught a Yellow-browed Warbler!

mandag 25. september 2023
af Antonia Greil

Today the wind was quite strong, but nonetheless Simon Jr., Hayley and Simon Sr. went ringing at Kabeltromlen in the morning. Simon Jr. and Hayley accidentally woke up to soon – imagine that! – and therefore spent the first 20 minutes of the morning playing cards in the kitchen, before they went out to open the nets. Since our newest guest, Hans, was joining Migration Count with Knud at World’s End 3, Rebecca and I took the opportunity to get a little bit of sleep. At half past 7am I was woken up by a phone call: The others had caught a Yellow-browed Warbler (Hvidbrynet Løvsanger) in the net! Rebecca and I were rushing out of bed, throwing some clothes on and speeding as fast we could to Kabeltromlen. I also took Simon Jr.’s Camera with me, so he could take nice pictures of the bird. You can see them on the bottom of this paragraph. Most remarkable on this species is the very present and clear yellowish eyestripe (which gives it its name) and the two white obvious wing bars. Knud, Hans and Alex Sand Frich were joining us to get a good look of this beautiful bird. For Denmark, this bird was just the fifth record of the species this autumn so far!



Afterwards, Rebecca and I went home again to have some breakfast, while the others were continuing the ringing session. It was a quiet day, but after the Yellow-browed Warbler (Hvidbrynet Løvsanger) it could hardly get better! They had a Lesser Whitethroat (Gaerdesanger), which is quite late at the end of September. The Hume’s Leaf Warbler (Himalayasanger) seems to still be in the area, so maybe we have luck again the next days.

Hans was having a great time at Migration Count with Knud, because a lot was going on and there was not one moment without nice birds flying over the sea. The most special bird today was a Sooty Shearwater (Sodfarvet Skråpe), but sadly none of us volunteers could see it. We therefore hope for another chance. Apart from that some Redthroated Divers (Rødstrubet Lom), a Red-necked grebe (Gråstrubet Lappedykker), a Great Northern Diver (Islom), some Razorbills (Alk) and, the first of the season, some Purple Sandpipers (Sortgrå Ryle) could be seen.

Around midday, all of us were going out for walks in the area. Hayley, Simon Jr. and I took it upon ourselves to continue Gustav’s daily walk in search of a Red-footed Falcon (Aftenfalk). We didn’t see it, but had a great time exploring the area and saw some Meadow Pipits (Engpiber), Wheatears (Stenpikker), Jay (Skovskade) and Common Snipe (Dobbeltbekassin).

Hans was so kind to give Rebecca and I a lift to the supermarket, so we could get a lot of food for the next days and didn’t have to carry all of it on our bikes. This time we got the right kind of oat milk, so that was a success. Before the daily Evening meeting, all four of us went out again to World’s End 1. While seeing a nice rainbow, we could find 15 Fulmar (Mallemuk) and 36 Razorbills (Alk).


For the Evening Meeting we were not only joined by Hans, but also by three german students: Lina, Dorothea and Joel. They will be staying at the Camping Lot for one week and join us in our daily activities, like ringing and Migration Count. They have been here once before last summer und will hopefully have another great time with us in this last September week!

Ringing (Kabeltromlekrattet):

Yellow-browed Warbler (Hvidbrynet Løvsanger) - 1

Chiffchaff (Gransanger) – 1

Blackcap (Munk) – 3

Robin (Rødhals) – 1

Lesser Whitethroat (Gærdesanger) – 1

Wren (Gærdesmutte) – 1

Total: 8


Ringing (Jennes Sø):

Chiffchaff (Gransanger) – 2

Goldcrest (Fuglekonge) – 2

Crested Tit (Topmejse) – 1

Common Redpoll (Nordlig Gråsisken) – 1

Lesser Redpoll (Lille Gråsisken) – 9

Total: 15

People: Antonia Greil, Hayley Land, Rebecca Cheape, Simon Kiesé, Simon S. Christiansen, Hans Christophersen, Knud Petersen, Alex Sand Frich, Michael Anchor, Lina Kotschi, Dorothea Engert, Joel Münch.

A link to today's observations from volunteers and local observers.