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Birds, sea mammals, moths!

fredag 26. juli 2019
af Christina Ninou

During our observations this morning, along with Henrick and Rolf, besides the beautiful birds such as Black guillemots (Cepphus grylle), Rosefinches (Carpodacus roseus) and the two Surf scoters (Melanitta perspicillata) that are still around, we saw a grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) and a harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) as well as a harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena)!! For me it was the first time and it was a great observation! I really had a good look of that grey seals big head while it was enjoying the sun in the calm waters of the sea.

When we came back to the observatory, we went straight to our moth trap to see what we had caught during the night. There we found many different beautiful species, but the highlight was the Lille vincværmer (Deilephila porcellus) with its cool pink patches.

We are all here very excited with how much Kirsten is fascinated by the whole ringing procedure. She started reading a book about it, ''Bird - ringing'' (1953) of Lockley & Russell and she is looking forward to learning more. She told us, that when she goes back to Copenhagen, she will try to participate in ringing sessions and get more experience :) .

In the evening, we had to prepare the CES site for the next day of ringing. So, we all went there with Kirsten and put up the additional nets and cut grass of the net lines.

The day ended with some more observations near by at the dunes with the beautiful sunset adding all these colors to the scene. It was a very relaxing moment, while observing the Gannets diving and flying around.

People: Simon S Christiansen, Martin Y. Georgiev, Christina Ninou, Anders Odd Wulff Nielsen, Kirsten, Rolf Christensen, Henrik Wienberg Kristensen