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Lille Rørsanger!

søndag 23. juni 2019
af Michele Pes

This morning I Joakim and Marie woke up at 3:00 and went to Sardinkrattet to open the nets.

The morning is quite hot and windless, in the first few rounds we captured a few birds, but around 6:00 am we catched and ringed a special bird, a Lille Rørsanger (Acrocephalus agricola)!

We are all very excited, it is a very rare bird! Simon joins us in a short time to release the bird, before showing it to some birders present in Grenen, who have come to see the rarity.

This birds ends up the spring-season in a verry good way. This is by far the rarest bird we have caught this year!!!! Its only the 14. time that the bird is ever seen i Denmark. Its the 7. time it is seen in Skagen. So Skagen is a verry good place for lille rørsanger. However still a really rare bird, even up here! We were all so happy and it will take a long time to get over this experience! So cool!

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Later at 11:00, Joakim and Marie are busy with a guided tour, they have to accompany Danish and American tourists on a birding tour around the Grenen area.

I decide to go to the beach to the north to try to find and observe some laid seagulls.

Along the way, I find several pairs and nests of Ringed plover, one with three eggs, one empty.

In this period the situation is not easy for them, because the incubation period coincides with the beginning of the tourist season and the numerous presence of people on the beaches. So many tourists walking, dogs, tractors with tourists, tours with horses on the beach, etc., all activities that if carried out in massive doses every day greatly increase the risk of disturbance and consequent losses of broods for couriers, reproductive success does not it is not insured at all.

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A little further away I find a great group of seagulls that stop at the beach. There are so many Great black-backed gull, Herring gull and Lesser black-backed gull, many with colored rings that I can read.

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Ring readings are very interesting data, in fact we can go back to the individual history of the life of each ringed individual, discover their movements and other important information.

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After a few hours I return to the Observatory at around 17:00. Shortly after we welcome our new guests who will stay with us next week.

Tonight there will be a special beach party with a big fire and a witch, which coincides with the summer solstice.

We decide to go out and enjoy the evening with some beer to celebrate the super day of Lille Rorsanger !!!

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Ringing (Sardinkrattet):

-Lille rørsanger  1

-Rørsanger          2

-Grønsisken        3

-Tornsanger         2

-Munk                  1

-Gulbug               1

                Tot:    10


People: Marie Heuberger, Michele Pes, Joakim Matthiesen, Simon S Christiansen, A+J.