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More birthday celebrations!

fredag 29. marts 2024
af Hayley Land

Firstly a big happy birthday to Magnus!

After such a crazy day at Kabeltromlen yesterday, today felt very quiet. But despite the lower numbers ringed, we still had a very nice morning and caught some great birds. Hanalie and Isis dragged themselves up at 4am to open the nets and were already busy counting the migrating Sparrowhawks (Spurvehøg) before Simon Sr, Lisa, Simon Jr and I all joined for the first round.

We were lucky enough to catch a Goldcrest (Fuglekonge) with a Swedish ring. It will be really interesting to find out exactly where and when this individual was first ringed. We also caught two more Treecreepers (Træløber) this morning which are always nice to see.

Another highlight flew into a net on the final round. A beautiful Mistle Thrush (Misteldrossel)! These are the largest of the European thrush species and have stunning plumage which you can see in the photos below. Lisa was particularly excited as it was the first of this species that she has seen in the hand. It is also only the third ringing record of this species for the station!

29.03.24 Mistle Thrush head

29.03.24 Mistle Thrush profile

Whilst we were ringing, Magnus and Jonas joined Knud at Nordstrand again for the migration count. It was also quieter than yesterday, but they did see two Arctic Skuas (Almindelig Kjove) and two Merlins (Dværgfalk). They also saw a Rough-legged Buzzard (Fjeldvåge). And as it is Magnus’ birthday there was also plenty of cake at the count!

In the afternoon we sang happy birthday to Magnus in several different languages, then opened the nets in the lighthouse garden and caught four Common Redpoll (Stor Gråsisken). Around 20 visitors came to watch as we ringed the birds and explained all about what we were doing and why.

29.03.24 Redpoll ringing

In between checking the nets, we got on with entering data. Magnus’ family then arrived and we were treated to some delicious Danish birthday cake. A great way to celebrate!

Now Simon Jr and Lisa are out with the thermal and hope to catch the Hoopoe (Hærfugl). Fingers crossed they'll be successful!

Ringing (Kabeltromlekrattet):

Wren Gærdesmutte 16
Jernspurv 4          
Rødhals 4          
Mistle Thrush 
Misteldrossel 1          
Fuglekonge 20          
Blue Tit
Blåmejse 7          
Træløber 2          

Total: 54

Ringing (Fyrhaven):

Common Redpoll Nordlig Gråsisken  4
Robin Rødhals 1

Total: 5

Ringing (Jenne Sø):

Robin Rødhals 1
Goldcrest Fuglekonge 12          
Common Redpoll Nordlig Gråsisken 69

Total: 82

Ringing (Nordstjernevej):

Chaffinch Bogfinke 1
Common Redpoll Nordlig Gråsisken 1

Total: 2

Today’s observations in Dofbasen from observers in the area.

Sum of the raptors in the area based on observations typed into Dofbasen the same day.

People: Hayley Land, Isis Khalil, Hanelie Sidhu, Magnus Houen Lauritsen, Jonas Pedersen, Simon Kiesé, Knud Pedersen, Simon S. Christiansen, Lisa Vergin, Michel Anchor