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Skagen Fuglestation New Office Location: Flagbakken

torsdag 18. april 2024
af Isis Khalil

While on the way to open the nets, we saw a Stone Marten (Husmår) crossing the road! That was a fun surprise. For the rest, things were quite slow at Kabeltromlen. We had two lovely male Eurasian Blackcaps (Munk), and since all their measurements were very similar we decided to name them both “Keith”. 


The Keith Twins. (Male Eurasian Blackcaps - Munk Han).


In the late morning, Lars joined us again, he got to ring his first Common Chiffchaff (Gransanger), and he almost had a perfect wing measurement. Well done, Lars! 


After closing the nets we passed not one.. Not two… not THREE.. But FOUR! Adders (Hugorm) sunbathing. They were very cute, but they did not enjoy our company as much as we enjoyed theirs.


Adder (Hugorm). 


When we got back to the apartment, we only had a couple minutes to eat before Simon (Jr) phoned Simon (Sr) and asked if we could go to Flagbakken in hopes of seeing a Steppe Eagle (Steppeørn). Simon (Sr) agreed, but he did not have enough seats to bring everyone, so Lars came and saved the day! Thanks to Lars, the entire team, and my friend who is visiting from The Netherlands, got to spend a beautiful sunny evening birdwatching in Flagbakken. 


Skagen Fuglestation at Flagbakken. (Photo by: Hanelie Sidhu)


We all succeeded in seeing the Steppe Eagle (Steppeørn), for many of us a new lifer! But there was much more in store for us at Flagbakken. Several Hen Harriers (Blå kærhøg), a few Ospreys (Fiskeørn), and a Pallid Harrier (Steppehøg) were among some of the cool birds we saw. In addition, I got my very first Crested Tit (Topmejse), what a crazy evening!


At Flagbakken, we each took the opportunity to enjoy our time differently. Some of us took a nap, some of us continued bird-watching with the locals, and some of us entered data. Either way, we all spent the evening productively and enjoyed wrapping up the long day in the comfort of our apartment. 


Simon (Jr) and Magnus hard at work entering data and enjoying the birds at Flagbakken.


Hanelie baked a beautiful savoury pie for us, and after eating we were all more than ready to head to bed. 


Ringing (Kabeltromlekrattet)

Wren (Gærdesmutte) 4

Common Chiffchaff (Gransanger) 6

Dunnock (Jernspurv) 1

Eurasian Blackbird (Solsort) 1

Eurasian Blackcap (Munk) 2

Coal Tit (Sortmejse) 3

Total: 17

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, Simon Kiesé, Knud Pedersen, Simon S. Christiansen, Lars Askholm, Dammes De Jong, our guests Oliver, Margit and Claus