torsdag den 9. april 2015

New kids on the block

Well what a brilliant morning of ringing!

Birds were on the move again with the change of conditions today - the birds of the past week have gone and new flocks have moved in. A total of 77 birds were caught today, with only 6 retraps and 71 new birds ringed. 38 of these new birds were Robins, most of which were born last year.

Forget Batman - today was all about Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

On top of the good April total a couple of records were broken today. I think some Firecrests must have read my post yesterday and planned to get together today, because 8 new Firecrests were ringed this morning - the most ever in one day! This also brings the total for this Spring up to 22, making it the best Spring ever for the species at Gedser Fuglestation (and we're not even half-way through)! In addition, 2 Hawfinches were ringed today bringing the total for the year up to 6 - that makes this Spring the best year yet for Hawfinches too (the record for Spring was 4 in 2010). Good to see the numbers of these species increasing, and it's interesting to think what factors might be underlying these patterns.

They look grumpy but they've had a great year - Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla)

Ready to do it all again tomorrow - can't wait to see what the morning brings.

Breakdown 09/04/2015:
Wren (Gærdesmutte) - 3
Dunnock (Jernspurv) - 5
Robin (Rødhals) - 38
Blackbird (Solsort) - 1
Chiffchaff (Gransanger) - 1
Goldcrest (Fuglekonge) - 9
Firecrest (Rødtoppet Fuglekonge) - 8
Chaffinch (Bogfinke) - 2
Greenfinch (Grønirisk) - 2
Hawfinch (Kernebider) - 2
TOTAL = 71

Lizzy Joyce

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