mandag den 31. august 2015

Commons but beautiful. Farvel and tusind tak


Great day here in Gedser, not like yesterday, but good anyway, sunny and without wind: 
Spurvehøg/Sparrowhawk 1
Jernspurv/ Dunnok 1
Rødhals/ Robin 4
Rødstjert/ Redstart 2
Solsort/ Blackbird 1
Rørsanger/ Reed warbler 1
Gulbug/ Icterine warbler 3
Gærdesanger/ Lesser whitethroat 15
Tornsanger/ Whitethroat 14
Havesanger/ Garden warbler 7
Munk/ Blackcap 12
Skovsanger/ Wood warbler 1
Gransanger/ Chiffchaff 1
Løvsanger/ Willow warbler 5
Skovspurv/ Tree sparrow 1

Total: 69 birds of 15 different species :) 
Well, that is the end of my adventure. 3 months of wonderful ringing and birdwatching. I have met a lot of nice people, I have learned nearly every day. I have had a lot of fantastic experiences. 
But I need to come back to Spain, and I would not like to come back without say TUSIND TAK!!! to everyone of you for your time and your patience. You know you have made me feel like in my home. 
It has been a pleasure to stay here!!!! 

Is not really a "Good bye" is a " Hope to see you again" :D 

I have been speaking nearly every day about my new ringed species, but I would like, just for one day, put  some photos of the other species, more commons here in Denmark, but anyway, cute and cozy. 
Like always, tomorrow, more and better, that time, with my nice colleague Craig Brookes, (good luck with the ringings Craig!!!!)  
Lyd ;)

søndag den 30. august 2015

The best ringing session

...Since I am here!!

Holaaaa everybody. Really busy day today, 155 birds of 15 different species:

Spurvehøg/ Sparrowhawk 1
Skovpiber/ Tree pipit 1
Rødhals/ Robin 6
Nattergal/ Trush nightingale 2
Rødstjert/ Redstart 6
Rørsanger/ Reed warbler 2
Gulbug/ Icterine warbler 15
Gærdesanger/ Lesser whitethroat 18
Tornsanger/ Whitethroat 38
Havesanger/ Garden warbler 12
Munk/ Black cap 23
Skovsanger/ Wood warbler 1
Gransanger/ Chiffchaff 2
Løvsanger/ Willow warbler 24
Broget fluesnapper/ Pied flycatcher 4

The day with most captures, for me. I really hope tomorrow...more and better!!!! :) I love migration.
Today no photos, sorry, I am so tired, I´ll put many photos tomorrow, I promise it. 

Good night, sweet and "birdy" dreams.

Amazing ringing session

We are really busy that days, many birds in the nets, and a lot of different species. Yesterday we have not enough time to do all the computer work, so that´s the chronicle of yesterday, 29/8/15

Løvsanger/ Willow warbler 6
Gransanger/ Chiff chaff 2
Spurvehøg/ Sparrowhawk 2
Jernspurv/ Dunnok 5
Rødhals/ Robin 2
Nattergal/ Thrush nightingale 1
Rødstjert/ Redstart 6
Sangdrossel/ Song trush 1
Kærsanger/ Marsh warbler 2
Rørsanger/ Reed warbler 1
Gulbug/ Icternine warbler 7
Gærdedanger/ Lesser whitethroat 12
Tornsanger/ Whitethroat 14
Havesanger/ Garden warbler 7
Munk/ Blackcap 15
Grå fluesnapper/ Spotted flycatcher 1
Broget fluesnapper/ Pied flycatcher 3
Rødrygget tornskade/ Red-backed shrike 1
Tornirisk/ Linnet 1

Total: 89 birds of 19 species. As you can see, a very amazing ringing morning!!!
Sure the numbers are going to increase that days.  And the sparrowhawk nets still working really well.

Not photos of birds today, just a nice photo of some of the people who has made me feel like in home every single day since I am here in Denmark.  Of course here are not all the people, but you now I am very grateful to everyone. 

Lyd ;)

fredag den 28. august 2015

Sunny day :)


Finally, after some rainy and windy days, today, has been a normal day. 
Yesterday we opened the nets like always, but we needed to close it at 7:00 cause the rain. We opened again at 9:00 because we had the visit of a group of students...but only during 30 minutes, cause the rain was continuing. The activity with the children was so funny :)
Here the captures during that 2:30 hours of ringing yesterday: 
Spurvehog/Sparrowhawk 1
Gærdesanger/Lesser withethroat 3
Tornsanger/ Whitethroat 2
Munk/ Black cap 1
Løvsanger/ Willow warbler 1
Broget Fluesnapper/ Pied flycatcher 2
Blåmejse/ Blue tit 1
Gulspurv/ Yellow hammer 1
Total, 12 birds of 8 species, not so bad with all that rain. 
Today has been a very different day, very sunny (finally!!!), and the garden is full of birds again. 
Captures of today:

Rødstjert/ Redstat 3
Nattergal/ Thrush nightingale 1
Græshoppesanger/ Grasshopper warbler 1
Kærsanger/ Marsh warbler 2
Gulbug/ Icterine warbler 4
Gærdesanger/ Lesser whitethroat 5
Tornsanger/ Whitethroat 9
Skovsanger/ Wood warbler 1
Løvsanger/ Willow warbler 12
Grå fluesnapper/ Spotted flyecatcher 1
Broget fluesnapper/ Pied flycatcher 2
Gulspurv/ Yellow hammer 1

Total: 42 birds of 12 species :) Really nice
Here photo of the "star" of the day, the Skovsanger. Really cute and beautiful. 

I really hope the rest of the week will be the same or better than today. 
Anyway, like always, more and better, tomorrow. 
Only 3 days more for me...


søndag den 23. august 2015

Vendehals´s day


Do you remember my last chronicle where I said something about a ringing with children in the afternoon? So, we had a great capture in the nets :) A cute Vendehals. We enjoyed a lot the experience, was so funny. 

Today has been a little bit  bored morning with only 30 birds of 12 different species. 
Spurvehøg/ Sparrowhawk 1
Rødstjert/Redstart 2
Solsort/Blackbird 2
Græhoppesanger/ Grahoppe warbler 1
Gærdesanger/ Lesser whitethroat 10
Tornsanger/Whitethroat 4
Munk/ Blackcap 1
Gransanger/ Chiffchaff 1
Løvsanger/ Willow warbler 4
Broget Fluesnapper/ Pied flycatcher 2
Rødrygget Tornskad/ Red-Backed shrike 1
Tornirisk/Linnet 1

The sparrowhawk nets are working very well as you can see. An amazing young male. 

More, and better, tomorrow (starting my last week...)
Lyd ;)

lørdag den 22. august 2015

Paceful day

...Really really paceful. 

Near of the 50% less of birds than the last days. We have had a lot of free time today. Only 43 birds in total, of 12 species. Anyway I´m happy :) I have good company and cute birds. The results:

Rødstjert/ Redstart 2
Kærsanger/ Marsh warbler 1
Rørsanger/ Reed warbler 1
Gulbug/ Icterine warbler 2
Gærdesanger/ Lesser whitethroat 9
Tornsanger/ Whitethroat 11
Havesanger/ Garden warbler 2
Munk/ Blackcap 3
Gransanger/Chiffchaff 2
Løvsanger/ Willow warbler 8
Broget Fluesnapper/ Pied flycatcher 1
Skovspurv/ Tree sparrow 1

Thank you Robert for your help writing the dates on the notebook. You are going to learn a lot this days :)
No visits today.
This afternoon we will have the visit of a group of children, who come to see our birds. Sure it will be very funny. 
Photo of the cute skovspurv:

More and better (I really hope it) tomorrow
Lyd ;)

fredag den 21. august 2015

The most amazing eyes


Special morning today :) Very sunny and no windy.
We have caught two sparrowhawk in two days!!! The nets are working very well. I´m totally fascinated for the yellow eyes that they have.They are absolutely amazing. 

Lot of thing of tell today. But first, the results:
Spurvehøg/ Sparrowhawk 1
Jernspurv/Dunnock 1
Rødstjert/Redstart 7
Kærsanger/Mash warbler 8
Rørsanger/ Reed warbler 1
Gulbug/ Icterine warbler 2
Gærdesanger/Lesser whitethroat 15
Tornsanger/ Whitethroat 19
Havesanger/ Garden warbler 3
Munk/ Blackcap 7
Løvsanger/Willow warbler 12
Grå Fluesnapper/ Spotted flycatcher 2
Broget Fluesnapper/ Pied flycatcher 2
Rødrygget Tornskad/ Red-backed shrike 1
Skovspurv/ Tree sparrow 3

Total: 85 new birds of 15 species!! Less than yesterday, but great anyway :D
And... Do you know the feeling when you are ringing a cute bird...and suddenly someone appears with a delicious breakfast for you??? hehehe That have happened today, thanks to Kristian and Benthe. Your are wonderful persons. Thank you for all. I´m gonna miss you a lot. Hope to see you someday again. I really hope it. 

Finally, I would like to say WELCOME!!!! to one of my bests Spanish friends, who is going to stay here with us these days (only one and a half week more for me). Roberto is learning to be a ringer, and he is a good birdwatcher too. I´m sure he is going to enjoy a lot here, because sure he will discover a lot of new species. 

More and better, tomorrow.
Lyd ;)

torsdag den 20. august 2015

Busy ringers :D


I´m really really happy today. Amazing ringing session with 131 birds!!!! of 20 species. All of them new birds. And of course, a new specie for me hehehe. I have seen that specie in Spain before, but the first time that I have ringed it, has been today.  
Sunny day, without wind. 
The results:
Skovpiber/ Tree pipit 3 --> My new specie 
Jernspurv/Dunnock 6
Rødhals/Robin 1
Nattergal/ Thrush nightingale 4
Rødstjert/ Redstart 8
Solsort/Blackbird 1
Kærsanger/ Marsh warbler 8
Rørsanger/ Reed warbler 1
Gulbug/Icterine warbler 10
Gærdesanger/ Lesser whitethroat 18
Tornsanger/ Whitethroat 22
Havesanger/ Garden warbler 3
Munk/ Blackcap 9
Skovsanger/Wood warbler 1
Gransager/Chiffchaff 1
Løvsanger/ Willow warbler 27
Broget Fluesnapper/Pied flycatcher 4
Rødrygget Tornskad/ Rec-backed shrike 1
Skovspurv/ Treesparrow 2
Tornirik/ Linnet 1

Great morning.  
Not only birds that morning, a group of children with their teachers have visited us today. We have explained them the ringing. It has been a very funny morning. Tak Gert, Hans and Benny for your help. Craig, we are a very good team !!!
Of couse photos, not only my new specie, the dunnock was so beautiful.

Moreeeee and better tomorrow

onsdag den 19. august 2015

When the weather permits it


I´m here again after some free days with my parents here in Denmark. We have enjoyed a lot of that wonderful country :) 
Today finally we have had a day without wind (well, a little bit) and without rain, so, it has been a good ringing day. 
Not many birds at the nets, if you compare with other days, but not so bad if you think in the bad weather that we have had the last days. The results:

Rødhals/ Robin 1
Rødstjert/Redstart 1
Gulbug/ Icterine warbler 2
Gærdesanger/Lesser whitethroat 10
Tornsanger/ Whitethroat 7
Havedanger/ Graden warbler 1
Munk/ Black cap 1
Løvsanger/ Willow warbler 12
Broget Fluesnapper/ Pied flycatcher 4
Skovspurv/ Treesparrow 2

Total: 41 new birds of 10 species + 23 recaptures = 64 birds :) 

We have put the sparrowhak nets at the garden, so we hope to catch some of them before I come back to Spain (only 12 days more!) .

Here some photos of the cute Rødhals, I really like that bird. 
And like always, more and better, tomorrow.
Lyd ;)

tirsdag den 18. august 2015

Wintry winds

Apologies for the lack of posting the last days. To sum up ever so briefly, it's been windy. Far too windy to safely catch birds, excepting a yellow wagtail caught in a walk-in trap by the pond. It hasn't however been all that bad; with such a wind birding at the tip has been a little more fruitful than late.

Duck numbers are really upping now with Pintail and Wigeon starting their migration too. Skua numbers are building too with 9 Arctic is the time I've been watching over the last two days.

Highlights have been two Blå kærhøg (Hen Harrier), an adult female migrating yesterday and an old adult male today. Dværgfalk (Merlin), again 2, one yesterday and one today. Shoveler in decent numbers yesterday with 129 and Preben counted a little over 800 teal today, though by the time I arrived it had all but finished. The early bird gets the worm!

Today we had a lovely visit from Christian and Bender, it was great to sit and chat over coffee and cakes, thanks so much for that, and I hope we see you again soon!

Tomorrow the wind is to die down and we will again open the nets, fingers crossed for some new in birds, I'm sure there will be, though many birds from previous days seem to still be around, with thrush nightingales heard on and off all day today!

As Lydia says, tomorrow, more and better!

søndag den 16. august 2015

Busy day

The weather this morning was very atypical for Gedser, a full covering of cloud with very little wind and a moisture akin to fog hanging in the air, it wasn't raining and it wasn't misty, but it was apparent it had held birds up. As I set the nets pre-dawn Redstarts, flycatchers and Thrush Nightingales flushed through the lighthouse's flash, chacking and calling away.

The morning was busy with 80 new birds and 17 recaptures, though many of these birds seemed determined to see me again and so I probably extracted closer to 200 times than 97! Anyway, all pretty common species here in Gedser at this time of the year.

Nattergal (Thrush Nightingale) 2
Rødstjert (Redstart) 1
Kærsanger (Marsh Warbler) 4
Rørsanger (Reed Warbler) 1
Gulbug (Icterine Warbler) 8
Gærdesanger (Lesser Whitethroat) 26
Tornsanger (Whitethroat) 15
Havesanger (Garden Warbler) 7
Munk (Blackcap) 2
Sydlig Gransanger (Chiffchaff, colybita) 1
Løvsanger (Willow Warbler) 7
Grå Fluesnapper (Spotted Flycatcher) 1
Broget Fluesnapper (Pied Flycatcher) 4
Rødrygget Tornskade (Red-backed Shrike) 1

A Quail calling in the fields north east of the garden was a good record and a Serin seen and heard in the garden was also nice. Plenty of Tree pipits and wagtails passing over again this morning though not as many as yesterday. Flyover waders were represented by Golden Plover (Hjejle) 3, Whimbrel (Småspove) 2, Curlew 1 (Storspove) and Ringed Plover (Stor præstkrave) 1.

News from the tip was that it was quiet, with just a domestic Canary resting, for around the 10th day and a Garganey (Atlingand) passing amongst the ducks. Resting around Gedser today were a minimum of 8 Red-backed Shrikes, with at least 6 resting by the station (per Louis A. Hansen).

It looks like a bit of a washout for the morning with big easterlies and rain in the early hours so potentially no ringing. I'll be up to check but maybe some ringing in the afternoon could produce some birds if any move tonight!

lørdag den 15. august 2015

Nets were up a little later than hoped this morning due to sleepy ringers, and luckily, heightened wind! We managed 3 and a half hours ringing in the morning before it was decided to take down and head to the tip!

Only 7 new birds

Gærdesanger (Lesser Whitethroat) 4
Kærsanger (Marsh Warbler) 1
Tornsanger (Whitethroat) 1
Munk (Blackcap) 1

All birds were juveniles. There were many recaptures from previous days, including a smart Thrush Nightingale and many lesser whitethroat.

Out on the tip the assembled masses (6 birders) struggled with fluctuating visibility and showers with few birds. Those that stayed around were rewarded with some nice views of an Arctic Skua in the afternoon and the latest stayers even managed a White-winged Black tern, a juvenile fishing just offshore.

My notebook reads:

Little Gull 19
Common Scoter 40
Sandwich tern 3 (Migrants)
Eider 87
Common tern 26
Teal 22
Velvet scoter 9
Wigeon 1
Shoveler 6
Swift 257
Arctic Skua 2
Golden Plover 6
Black Tern 1
Lesser Black-backed gull 1
Arctic tern 6
Mallard 1
Swallow 14
Black-throated diver 1
Common Gull 4
Great black-backed gull 2
Yellow-legged gull 1
White-winged black tern 1
Goosander 1
Whimbrel 5
Osprey 1

Resting were 2 Red kites, 4 Sparrowhawks, 5 Ruff, Greenshank, 6 Lapwing, 7 Turnstone a marsh harrier amongst the common locals.

In addition to these birds, early on there was a big passage of Tree Pipits and Wagtails, both Yellow and White.

Hopefully a better day for ringing in the morning.

fredag den 14. august 2015

Lille kjove alert!

With an easterly wind gusting 18 m/s this morning it was unsafe to open the nets for the standardised ringing. We tried in vein during the early hours but the safety of the birds is paramount and we opted to leave it for today!

Dedicated local birders were out on the tip early today, as normal, and were rewarded with a good haul of migrating ducks! By the time I joined (after my lie in) Anders had over 400 Teal in his notebook, for mid august that's quite some going!

We sat out on the tip all day and managed a few decent birds. My notebook reads:

Krikand (Teal) 99
Havterne (Arctic tern) 46
Pibeand (Wigeon) 18
Troldand (Tufted duck) 4
Sortand (Common Scoter) 35
Ederfugl (Eider) 218
Dværgmåge (Little gull) 39
Hav/Fjordterne (Commic tern) 12
Skeand (Shoveler) 63
Fjordterne (Common tern) 31
Gråstrubet lapperdykker (Red-necked Grebe) 1
Fljøsand (Velvet Scoter) 6
Hjejle (Golden Plover) 1
Almindelig Kjove (Arctic Skua) 2
Sortterne (Black tern) 14
Sortstrubet lom (Black-throated diver) 1
Lille kjove (Long-tailed Skua) 1 - A second summer plus bird (at least 3 calendar year) - Though entered to dof as a 2K+ erroneously.
Stormåge (Common Gull) 3
Stor præstekrave (Ringed Plover) 8
Almindelig Ryle (Dunlin) 1
Sildemåge (Lesser black-backed gull) 1

I know that the guys present before I arrived also had 3 Arctic Skuas additionally making it a 6 Skua day. It really is hotting up now.

With the wind beginning to ebb over the weekend the resulting wreck of birds from today's wind will probably push south, so there could be some good birding over the weekend. Who knows, that Long-legged Buzzard hasn't showed up again yet as the weather has not favored it!

Reports from observatories further north show that many Marsh harriers are beginning to pass so hopefully we get a boost in numbers reflecting such things.

torsdag den 13. august 2015

Rare bird :)

Hello everybody!!!

The garden is full of birds :) it´s very funny to ring these days, I'm learning a lot!!! Today I have caught a new species again:

Nattergal/ Thrush nightingale 3
Rødstjert/ Redstart 3
Solsort/ Black bird 1
Kærsanger/ Marsh warbler 13
Gulbug/ Icterine warbler 5
Høgesanger/ Barred warbler 1 ;-) My wonderful new species.
Gærdesanger/ Lesser whitethroat 12
Tornsanger/ Whitethroat 15 
Havesanger/ Garden warbler 3
Munk/ Blackcap 6
Gransanger/ Chiffchaff 1
Løvsanger/ Willow warbler 14
Broget Fluesnapper/ Pied flycatcher 4
Musvit/ Great tit 3
Rødrygget tornskade/ Red-backed shrike 1
Skovspurv/ Tree sparrow 1
Gulspurv/ Yellow hammer 1

Total: 87 new birds of 17 species!!!!

As you can see, many birds of different species!!!
Amazing. The rest of the day I have been with my parents seeing seals and Swan in Avnø. Thank you very much, Gert, for the trip. 

Here are some photos of my new species, and of the yellow hammer, finally an adult!! 


I'm so happy with the captures today. 
More and better, tomorrow!!!!
Lyd ;)

onsdag den 12. august 2015

This morning the nets were open only a small amount of time before un-forecast showers made us close the nets. Between showers nets were opened and closed a number of times before, inevitably, I gave up. No new birds were ringed today, only a couple of re-captures were taken in the early stages of the day.

There seems to have been a big clear out of birds with little noise in the garden.

On the tip this afternoon migration was slow.

Fjordterne (Common Tern) 34
Havterne (Arctic Tern) 21
Sortterne (Black Tern) 19
Skarv (Cormorant) 23
Krikand (Teal) 16
Ederfugl (Eider) 70
Dværgmåge (Little Gull) 3
Gråand (Mallard) 2
Hav\Fjordterne (Commic tern) 10
Sortand (Common Scoter) 141
Pibeand (Wigeon) 4
Skeand (Shoveler) 4
Storspove (Curlew) 1
Gråstrubbet Lapperdykker (Red-necked Grebe) 1
Svartbag (Great black-backed gull) 1

The best of the rest(ing) were 2 Dværgterne (Little Tern) and an old female Spurvehøg (Sparrowhawk).

Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day for ringing and migration on the tip.

tirsdag den 11. august 2015

Birding the storm

Prior to dawn this morning a magnificent electric storm sat just offshore here in Gedser, deep rumblings of thunder and flashes of lightening told us that there would be no standardised ringing today. Instead I decided to bird the tip, migrant ducks and waders often pass by the tip relatively close in harsh conditions and given the northerly airflow chances were good to see a decent number of species.

The first hour was a washout, literally no birds moved from their night roosts at the tip and migration hadn't started. It was quiet for the two following hours too until the wind direction shifted from East north easterly to northerly. Immediately numbers picked up and the variety of ducks also.

Sortand (Common Scoter), Ederfugl (Eider) and Krikand (Teal) were the most numerous with Pibeand (Wigeon), Taffeland (Pochard), Troldand (Tufted Duck), Gråand (Mallard) and Knarand (Gadwall) making up the rest. Numbers were still quite low with only a few hundred ducks altogether, in one or two weeks time, thousands of ducks can be counted in a day out on the tip and it really is a fantastic spectacle.

Wader were almost absent excepting the 5 Hjejle (Golden Plover) that took full advantage of the carrying wind and shot straight across the water.

It became evident mid-morning that the rain had departed for the day dropping in some migrants with Lesser whitethroat and willow warblers both sat in the sugarbeet field by the tip. A grounded Wheatear (Stenpiker) wasn't totally unexpected but the Bynkefugl (Whinchat) that sat on the closed mist net outside the house was. Some nets were opened for a few hours and 14 new birds were captured.

Red-Backed Shrike - 1
Whitethroat - 1
Willow Warbler - 1
Icterine Warbler - 1
Lesser Whitethroat - 10

These birds were good extraction practice for Jon, the trainee who has been with us for the last two days. He will soon travel to Papua new guinea for work on his post-doc. Best of luck out there Jon, if you're reading this. Amazing stuff.

Lydia has also been more than a little excited today at the arrival of her parents, I'm not sure if she's mentioned it to any visitors around the station? But they arrived safely this evening to see their very excitable daughter. In the coming days Lydia will travel around Denmark with her family and I will cover ringing duties.


mandag den 10. august 2015

Sparrowhawk party


It's been a great day today here in Gedser :) Lots of birds in the nets, and many different species. I think today is the day with most captures for me. And a very very special new species for me, totally new!!!!!!
First, the results:

Spurvehøg/Sparrowhawk 1** My Super New species!!!!!!!
Jernspuv/ Dunnock 1
Nattergal/ Thrush nightingale 1
Rødstjert/Redstart 2
Solsort/Blackbird 1
Kærsanger/Marsh warbler 5
Rørsanger/ Reed warbler 3
Gulbug/Icterine warbler 6
Gærdesanger/ Lesser whitethroat 29 
Tornsanger/Whitethroat 14
Havesanger/ Garden warbler 1
Munk/Blackcap 1
Gransanger/Chiffchaff 1
Løvsanger/Willow warbler 9
Broget Fluesnapper/Pied flycatcher 1
Grønirisk/Greenfinch 1
Tornirisk/Linnet 1

Total: 78 new birds + 26 recaptures....104 birds!!!!!! :D Great

As you can see today has been a really good day here. We have enjoyed it a lot with all the new birds. 
Today we have been 3 people ringing, Craig, me, and our new guest: Jon Kennedy :) Welcome!!! and thank you very very much for your help. He's another English boy (easier to understand him than Craig hehehehe), but unfortunately he is only going to stay here with us until tomorrow. 

Photos of the special birds of today

More and better, tomorrow

søndag den 9. august 2015

Ørnevåge dag

There's a saying in English that 'lightening never strikes twice', today however such prophesies were swept aside when a call from exasperated birders on the tip announced the presence of a second Long-legged Buzzard (Ørnevåge). The bird was much darker than it's counterpart, which migrated midweek. Staff at the obs missed the bird as it turned and returned North before anybody could get onto it, if you're in Gedser or the surrounding area in the next few days, be aware that this bird will probably attempt to migrate again and hopefully it will be picked up along the way.

Ørnevåge, Buteo rufinus 2K+ © Gert Jeppesen

Ørnevåge, Buteo rufinus 2K+ © Gert Jeppesen

Ørnevåge, Buteo rufinus 2K+ © Gert Jeppesen

Ørnevåge, Buteo rufinus 2K+ © Gert Jeppesen

Ørnevåge, Buteo rufinus 2K+ © Gert Jeppesen

Other than the flurry of excitement mid-afternoon, ringing was fairly standard for an August morning with a notable catch of Lesser whitethroat and Willow warbler. Totals for the morning were as follows:

Thrush Nightingale (Nattergal) - 1
Redstart (Rødstjert) - 1
Marsh Warbler (Kærsanger) - 1
Lesser Whitethroat (Gærdesanger) - 28
Whitethroat (Tornsanger) - 8
Garden Warbler (Havesanger) - 4
Willow Warbler (Løvsanger) - 19
Great Tit (Musvit) - 1
Short-toed Treecreeper (Korttået Træløber) - 1
Red-backed Shrike (Rødrygget Tornskad) - 1
Tree Sparrow (Skovspurv) - 2
Linnet (Tornirisk) 1

Total of 68 new birds.

On the tip there was little in the way of passage migrants. 85 Common Tern (Fjordterne) and 63 Arctic Tern (Havterne) were the highest counts of the afternoon with lesser numbers of Black Tern (Sortterne) 10 and Little Gull (Dværgemåge) 4. 7 Marsh Harrier, 7 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawks, 2 Buzzards, a Honey Buzzard and 3 White-tailed eagles rested around the area today and were reluctant to migrate. An Arctic Skua was a sign of things to come as their passage will take place over the coming weeks. Also worth looking out for is the Long-tailed Skuas which will also pass Gedser in the coming weeks.

In the evening Jon Kennedy arrived from Copenhagen to help with the ringing in the coming days.

lørdag den 8. august 2015

Rainy day


After a lot of days with lot of sun, today has been raining a lot in Gedser. Not ringing day today. And nothing very interesting at the tip either. 

But anyway, is a very special day. Today, 8th of August, It has been two months now since I arrived here :D
Two months with a lot of good experiences, lot of new people, and the most important thing: Lot of new birds ringed, and new species for me. Thank you very much to all people that make me feel like in home, day after day. 

I would like say thank you to Craig Brookes too. We are learning a lot each other.
And of course, Tak!!!!! and Good bay Anton, you has been a really good helper this days. You are a really nice boy, and someday you´ll be a very good ringer. I´m absolutely sure. 

That´s all for today, I hope it will be better tomorrow, if the weather permits, of course. 
Lyd ;)

fredag den 7. august 2015

Few birds but lot of species


Here again :) 
It´s supposed migration has started, but here in Gedser GFU, we are catching less birds than the last year...We hope the situation will be better next week. 

Not many birds this days, but a lot of different species as you can see in the results of this days, today:
Rødstjert/Redstart 3
Solsort/Blackbird 2
Kærsanger/ Marsh warbler 6
Gulbug/ Icterine warbler 6
Gærdesanger/ Lesser whitethroat 8
Tornsanger/ Whitethroat 4
Løvsanger/Willow warbler 4
Skovspurv/ Tree sparrow 1
Tornirisk/ Linnet 2
Total: 36 birds of 9 species 

One of the Rødstjert has been very very special, an adult male very beautiful!!!!!

But many birds in the nets...everybody going crazy...:P  

That´s all for today, more tomorrow, if the weather permits it, because the prediction announces rain. 
Lyd ;)

onsdag den 5. august 2015

Sindsyg trækdag


Ja som overskriften lyder, så var det noget af en dag på himlen. Desværre var nettene ret tomme i dag generalt. Første runde gav dog en græshoppesanger, så det var da okay. Lydia fik lov til at ringmærke den, og ikke nok med at det var en ny ringmærkninsart for hende, så var det også en ny lifer. Så dagen startede godt for hendes vedkommende. De næste par runde gav en nattergal som det bedste, ellers var det bare mest af de samme arter som de forgående dage. Nattergalen fik jeg lov til at ringmærke, så det blev dagens eneste nye for mig.

Ny ringmærkningsart for mig, foto: Anton Liebermann

Da vi lukkede nettene omkring lidt over 10, gik Lydia og mig øst over haven, hvorimod Craig gik vest. Da vi nåede til 3 net, opdagede jeg en våge lige over os. Fik hurtigt sagt til Lydia, at den så da godt nok lys og stor ud. Vi tænkte ikke rigtig mere over det, da ingen af os havde hverken kamera eller kikkert på os. Lige da vi gik ud af ringmærkerskuret 8 min efter, bliver en Ørnevåge meldt ud fra Odden. Da går det hurtigt op for os, at det altså var den store våge vi havde set. Emil ringede kort tid efter, og spurgte om jeg ville med op og lede efter en sjælden sommerfugl der hedder Grønbroget Kålsommerfugl. En halv times tid efter jeg var kommet til Bøtø, bliver vågen meldt igen fra odden. Nu var den åbenbart trukket ud over havet. Et hurtigt opkald til Gert fik bekræftet, at han havde fået billeder af den, og at han ville tage hen til Louis, for at få ørnevågen bekræftet. Louis havde selv set fuglen, og bekræftede at det var den. Alt i alt så må vi lade SU bedømme, om den er god nok. Vi er dog enige i, at den ser rigtig rigtig god ud for Ørnevåge.
Billede af vågen, foto: Gert Juul

Efter at været kommet tilbage til odden, hvor vi så som det bedste en sort glente, tog vi tilbage til stationen og åbnede nettene igen. Gul vipstjert og Broget Fluesnapper blev ringmærket af de mere bemærkelsesværdige fugle, og ellers et god håndfuld nye mærkninger. Lydia er gået i seng, så derfor kan i desværre ikke få listen af dagens nye mærkninger, men måske en opdatering i morgen vil gøre jer klogere!
Emil er kommet til stationen som gæst, og vil være her til lørdag. Hvor vi tager hjem sammen, så efterlader vi Craig og Lydia alene på stationen. Jeg vil nyde de sidste dage fuldt ud :)
Nu kalder dynerne snart, for alarmen er sat til 03.50.
See you

Anton Liebermann 

tirsdag den 4. august 2015

En stille dag i nettene, med tårnfalken som højdepunkt


Dagen startede som den plejer 04.00, med åbning af samtlige net. Alle net blev åbnet, inklusiv et net Craig og jeg satte op i går aftes mellem Ø6 og Ø7. Nettet brugte vi i går til at fange nogen svaler i, hvor der hurtig var gevinst med 2 digesvaler. Der er ikke rigtig så meget af skrive om i dag, med kun 43 nye mærkninger fra 4-10. Vi kunne allerede mærke da vi åbnede døren klokken 4, at denne dag vil blive stille og rolig, da der næsten ingen lyde var. Haven var i nattens løb, blevet tømt for fugle. Dog ved 9 tiden fik jeg lov til at pille ud og ringmærke min første tårnfalk nogensinde. Den røg i N5, men da jeg kom løbende hen til den, fløj den ud og heldigvis over i N4. Lydia kom til undsætning, og vi gav Craig en dejlig overraskelse i ringmærker skuret.
En glad ringmærker med ny art, foto: Lydia
Nettene er lige blevet lukket, da det døde mere og mere ud. Måske vi åbner nettene igen efter senere, da gårsdagens sene åbning af nettene gav nogen rigtig fine ting. At nævne blev gul vipstjert, digesvale og husrødstjert nye for mig, derudover for hele dagen, var der gode tal af gærdesangeren, som vi i alt fangede 39 af, 6 om aften.

Todays' ringing:
Tårnfalk/ Common Kestrel 1
Rødstjert/ Redstart 1
Gulbug/ Icerine Warbler 7
Gærdesanger/ Lesser Whitethroat 8
Tornsanger/ Whitethroat 6
Munk/ Blackcap 2
Løvsanger/ Willow Warbler 6
Stær/ Starling 3
Tornirisk/ Linnet 5
Gulspurv/ Yellowhammer 1
Total: 43 new ringing

Gert har lige hentet Lydia, og de skal have en hygge dag sammen, med noget sommerfuglehalløj og måske dejlig mad?? Craig har lagt sig til at sove, og jeg tror også, at jeg går den vej efter at jeg er færdig med oplægget. 
Måske vi åbner nettene igen efter søvnen er blevet indhentet lidt, hvis der altså er kommet flere fugle i haven. Det vil tiden vise, nu slutter vi af herfra.

Anton Liebermann