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!

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