fredag den 23. august 2013

Every day in Gedser is different, the weather, the birds, the expectations... This morning (mainly due to the date and also, slightly the weather conditions) we had hoped a Barred Warbler would put in an appearance, alas, it didn't, but that's expectation; some you win some you lose.

I opened the nets today in a fully moonlit garden, Thrush Nightingales called and Willow Warblers Phwipped as they fluttered to the nearest available perch, I expected to be busy. The first 2 rounds were fairly busy, but nothing on previous days. I ended the ringing with (Only) 79 new birds, though also many re-captures from previous days.

Willow Warbler 23
Whitethroat 21
Lesser Whitethroat 12
Icterine Warbler 5
Reed Warbler 5
Garden Warbler 4
Marsh Warbler 2
Blackcap 2
Tree Pipit 1
Pied Flycatcher 1
Tree Sparrow 1
Greenfinch 1
Linnet 1

After the ringing was finished, I headed to the point to meet Benny who has been sitting out at the exhibition centre and also to sit with Henrik and the migration watchers from nearby. It was a pleasant afternoon. In the time I was there, we recorded 15 Arctic Skuas (giving great views as they harrassed Sandwich Terns and migrated past.) Black Tern 10, Little Gull 6, Common Sandpiper 5,
Common Tern 50+, Great crested grebe 2, Velvet Scoter 1, Common Scoter 6, Crossbill 8 and a low flying Osprey which migrated straight out. Also seen out at the Odde today 6+ Long-tailed Skuas. White-tailed Eagle, Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harriers, 5 Sparrowhawks, 2 Kestrels (Though these didn't migrate). Louis told of a Two-barred Crossbill in Gedser again today, I might have to attempt a twitch, low for a man with my opinions on "Twitching", I know; but I am majorly 'gripped off'.

Arctic Skua - Photo.

The Wasp-spider was seen again at the Odde, Benny took some shots of it.

2 more guests arrived tonight, we really hope for a Barred Warbler this weekend now. I'd settle for some Long-tailed Skua action!

Blog: Craig Brookes

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