onsdag den 28. oktober 2015

Autumn advances

The chilly wind is tearing so many leaves from the trees and shrubs that we spent much time clearing nets, certainly more time than was spent extracting birds! Autumn is well advanced now and the frequent low numbers of birds in the garden make us feel as though just about everything has already left. We haven't seen any cranes or geese for some days and raptors are less frequent although there was a Rough-legged Buzzard (Fjeldvåge)and some Red Kites (Rød Glente) over the site this morning.

There were 40 new birds today, almost half being Goldcrest (Fuglekonge) with 11 Long-tailed Tits (Halemejse) boosting the numbers well towards the end of the session. They had a mixture of Northern, Southern and intergrade plumage.

 Northern Long-tailed Tit  (Nordlig Halemejse)


Southern Long-tailed Tit (Sydlig Halemejse)

There are very few Robin (Rødhals) at the moment but Redwing (Vindrossel) are being caught in ones or twos most days and today we also got a Reed Bunting (Rørspurv).

 Reed Bunting - Age 3 female (Rørspurv - 1k hun).

Good birding.

Totals: 40 (20)

Gærdesmutte / Wren - 2
Rødhals / Robin - 2 (4)
Solsort / Blackbird - 2 (1)
Vindrossel / Redwing - 3 (1)
Gransanger / Chiffchaff - 1 (1)
Fuglekonge / Goldcrest - 17 (12)
Blåmejse / Blue Tit - 1 (1)
Halemejse / Long-tailed Tit - 11
Rørspurv / Reed Bunting - 1

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