mandag den 6. april 2015

Treecreeping and bird-watching

It was another solid morning of ringing at Gedser Fuglestation today with a total of 44 birds caught - 32 new birds ringed and 12 retraps. Following the trend of the past couple of weeks, the catch mainly comprised Dunnocks and Goldcrests; however I also ringed a Treecreeper, which is a new species for April (and me!). Again, the morning started off busily, but petered off later as the wind picked up and I mostly re-caught Goldcrests from earlier in the morning.

Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris) ringed today

Love the long hind claw on Treecreepers - what cool little birds
I spent the afternoon having a great birdwatch with Gert around Majbølle and Maribo on Lolland Island. Among a tonne of new species for me, we spotted a Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina) - one of the first for the season - and a Smew (Mergellus albellus) - one of the last for the season. Looks like I arrived just at the right time.

Breakdown 06/04/2015:
Goldcrest (Fuglekonge) - 12
Chiffchaff (Gransanger) - 3
Firecrest (Rødtoppet Fuglekonge) - 1
Treecreeper (Træløber) - 1
Robin (Rødhals) - 1
Wren (Gærdesmutte) - 3
Dunnock (Jernspurv) - 6
Chaffinch (Bogfinke) - 1
Greenfinch (Grønirisk) - 1
Blackbird (Solsort) - 1
Song Thrush (Sangdrossel) - 2
TOTAL = 32

Lizzy Joyce

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