torsdag den 27. oktober 2011

Avalance Migration

Today (26th October) saw an "Avalance Migration" over Gedser. As dawn broke the finches began en masse to leave Scandanavia. A small rain shower came just after dawn and this pushed many birds to fly at low altitude. Thrushes began moving heavily between 8 and 11 am and an estimate is 3000 Fieldfare, 2000 Redwing, 1500 Starling and a scattering of Blackbirds, Mistle and Song Thrush. Also throughout the morning 1800 Chaffinch/Bramblings, 700 Siskin, 200 Greenfinch, 25 Redpoll, 15 Bullfinch and 3 Crossbills a few dozen Linnet and Twite too; 100+ Skylark, 20 + Yellowhammer, 16 Rough-legged Buzzards, 1 Kestrel, 30 Sparrowhawks along with 24 Stock dove, 8 Wood Pigeons and a probable Lapland Bunting.

Standardised ringing was quiet with just a few Robins, Wrens, Blue and Great Tits. After the Standardised had finished we put Redwing call on and managed to catch 39 Redwings!

We also caught 6 Sparrowhawks throughout the day.

Highlight birds : Short-eared Owl in the garden and a probable Lapland Bunting flying over.

In the evening we tried for owls but up until mid night hadn't caught any.

Craig Brookes

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