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Birds, Schoolchildren, Prices and Golden Jackals…

onsdag 12. september 2018
af Lisa Vergin

This morning, Sasha, Molly and Morten went out with Knud for birding. They were very successful and saw a Great Northern diver (Islom), a Caspian Gull (Kaspisk Måge), an Arctic Skua (Almindelig Kjove), a Rock Pipit (Skærpiber), migrating Siskins (Grønsisken) and were able to read 15 color rings of Gulls and Terns. Even it was a very stormy and sometimes rainy morning (Mortens umbrella didn`t survived it…), they learned a lot from Knud and his knowledge about aging and identify birds.
Daniel and I stayed at the Observatory to help Simon with all in all 130 school children, who visited the Fuglestation as part of the “Kulturcykeltur”. They played a game, where they learned something about breeding success by playing Willow Warbler vs. Goshawk vs. Magpie. But we started a bit later than the other volunteers, so we were luckier with the weather and Daniel made a lot of good pictures – from the schoolchildren event and birds.


Later at the day, I had to do a bit of unpleasant work, because there were a few ringing protocols which weren`t the way they supposed to be, so I had to copy all of them… But the work was definitely worth it! At the evening meeting Simon gave me a little present for this – so in retrospect the work was just fantastic :-)


Then in the evening, there was a lecture about the Golden Jackal (Guldjakal) by Dorthe Schmidt in Birders Club. Even it was in Danish and we couldn`t understand everything, it was very nice and all seats were occupied.
During the session Mark Desholm arrived, who is the head of the Dansk Ornitologisk Forening (DOF) Nature Department .He`s a biologist and made a great contribute to the bird observatories in Denmark. He`s also very qualified for ringing and radar data.

Again, we tried our luck with night catching but it wasn`t cloudy enough so the birds could see us very well and we weren`t able to catch one.
Nevertheless, it was a great day at Skagen Fuglestation again.

People: Simon S. Christiansen, Mark Desholm, Dorthe Schmidt, Morten Christensen, Sasha Munters, Molly Brown, Daniel Bloche, Lisa Vergin and people from our little friend society, who visited Dorthes lecture.