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Bird migration to Copenhagen

søndag 9. juni 2024
af Seán Walsh

 There was no chance for ringing again today, and after getting up to find Simon preparring for the morning observations, we decided that I did not need to go out because I have seen all the cool seabird species that could possibly be seen from Grenen today. So, I went back to bed for a little while. He returned drenched and tired not long after I woke up again, and we entered his data over breakfast. He wasn't long leaving the station again in an attempt to get good pictures of the Buskrørsanger (Blyth's Reed Warbler) singing since a few days ago at Guldmajssøen. He went with Søren and Karen-Marie to look for the bird. They were greeted by Knud Pedersen, who was videoing the bird, who also pointed the bird out to them. 


They were eventually treated to insanely close views, and Simon at some point was even able to get headshots, which is unithinkable for an ellusive passerine warbler such as this one, especially as it is rare here. He also got this sound recording:

Karen-Marie took it upon herself to clear the nets of excess vegetation in the lighthouse garden, which was very kind of her to us volunteers. Isis and I were looking for the electric hedgecutter to cut the vegetation, and she returned within a minute with the saw saying she had done it already! But to be kind to ourselves and SSC, we decided it would be best to cut a new pathway to one of the nets, which is behind mostly overgrow vegetation.  There was an old path we could model after, but it was heavily overgrown and even had a fallen tree blocking the way. After an hour's work, we managed to make it through, making a much nicer pathway between the nets.


Later in the afternoon, Karen-Marie had to be dropped to Aalborg Airport to go home to Copenhagen (as lucky Søren gets to stay behind here in Skagen). The two of them and I thought it would be nice to make a trip of it, so we went together and took a detour to Troldkær, where the Prærietrane (Sandhill Crane) has been seen the last two days. We saw it yesterday, but today we were hoping for better pictures, which we were succesful with! The area is really nice and rich with nature, so the third visit in a row did not bother us.



Søren gave a goodbye to Karen-Marie at the airport, and we returned to rest then at the bird observatory and doing various odd tasks.

Todays observations from observers in the area.

Sum of observations of raptors on DOFbasen from today.

Seán Walsh, Isis Khalil, Magnus Houen Lauritsen, Simon Kiesé, Simon S. Christiansen, Karen-Marie and Søren Leth-Nissen,