søndag den 27. september 2015

Robins come for Gedser's open day.

Today was the day when the station had an open day. We were expecting some 200 visitors but were also on alert for Blue Tits (Blåmejse). But, on going out for the first round it was clear that there were a great deal of Robins (Rødhals) about. We closed a couple of nets on the first round, then set about organising the birds by size and extraction time as we began to process birds. We had extra help with extracting from local ringers who were there to show birds to the public.

The vast majority of birds were Robins with only two Blue Tits. There were few Sparrowhawk (Spurvehøg) in the garden and only one light rufous phase individual was caught.

 Sparrowhawk (Spurvehg) first year male, rufous phase.

There was a very good spread of species including some Song Thrush (Sangdrossel), a Reed Bunting (Rørspurve) and Reed Warbler (Rørsanger).

Reed Warbler (Rørsanger)

By the time the event closed at 1pm the birds had lessened a little and all nets were closed but the wind died right down at the end of the day, encouraging us to drop some nets again and try for hirundines and pipits in the field. Our final total was quite impressive with a lot of Robins. There were still lots, unringed, in the garden at the end of the day so tomorrow we expect to be busy again, and we're still on Blue Tit alert!

Open day at Gedser


Totals: 387 (8)

Spurvehøg / Sparrowhawk - 1
Landsvale / Swallow - 16
Bysvale / Housemartin - 1
Skovpiber / Tree Pipit - 1
Engpiber / Meadow Pipit - 2
Gærdesmutte / Wren - 19 
Jernspurv / Dunnock - 4
Rødhals / Robin - 265 (2)
Solsort / Blackbird - 1 (1)
Sangdrossel / Song Thrush - 12
Rørsanger / Reed Warbler - 1
Munk / Blackcap -10 (2)
Gransanger / Chiffchaff -32 (3)
Løvsanger / Willow Warbler- 1
Blåmejse / Blue Tit -12
Grønirisk / Greenfinch -1
Tornirisk / Linnet - 2
Rørspurv / Reed Bunting - 1

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