søndag den 29. marts 2015

Rained out

Anders and I were ready for a good session of ringing this morning - so ready that we accidentally woke up an hour too early due to alarm confusion with daylight saving starting today. After going back to bed for an hour, we again got up to find that we were not able to open the nets due to rain and wind, which continued for the rest of the morning. A shame being the last ringing session for Anders' stay at the station (though at least he got to see his King Eider yesterday!).

The weather cleared around midday, and just in time for us to open the nets for a couple of hours to catch a few birds to show to the Eider tour which Hans and Gert were guiding. We demonstrated the ringing of a couple of Dunnocks and a Firecrest, and the tour group had the opportunity to see the birds up close.

This afternoon I said goodbye to Anders, who is off to continue his birding in the north. It was great to ring with both Anders and Rune, and I've really appreciated their time and expertise given over the past few days.

The weather forecast for tomorrow is not looking any better than today's, but you never know - fingers crossed I'll be able to open the nets!

Lizzy Joyce

lørdag den 28. marts 2015

Kongen vender tilbage

Dagen i dag var for mit vedkommende, en af de dage jeg ikke glemmer lige foreløbig.

Nettene var oppe til sædvanlig tid og morgenen forløb stille og roligt, med et mindre, men konstant "flow" af fugle i nettene. Klokken 06:52 tikker en SMS ind fra Preben Berg, på Hyllekrog; "Konge M øst 06:52". Så for søren! Nu skulle jeg være effektiv, for at få en mulighed for at se en af mine drømmefugle. Jeg fik hurtigt adviseret Rune, som talte ederfugle fra spidsen. Kl. 07:17 havde jeg ti minutters pause inden næste netrunde. Jeg løb derfor ind i huset for at hente teleskopet og stillede mig så ud i forhaven, for at tjekke ederfuglene. Pludselig ringer Rune og jeg tror derfor at han har set kongeederfuglen flyve forbi. Det har han dog ikke! Vi snakker om at den stadig kan være på vej, og da en mellemstor flok ederfugle nærmer stationen, bliver vi hurtigt enige om at lægge på. Jeg sætter skopet i position, så flokken (der kommer tæt på kysten) vil blive synlig, så snart den er over havens vestligste krat. Pludselig bliver den forreste del af flokken synlig og som cirka den tiende fugl i flokken, springer en smuk adult han Kongeederfugl i øjnene! Både Rune og jeg følger fuglen i vores teleskoper, i den relativt korte periode, det tager flokken at passere. Ikke desto mindre ser vi fuglen rigtig fint, under gode lysforhold. Wauw! En bedre afslutning på mit 2-ugers ophold her på fuglestationen, havde jeg ikke kunne forestille mig.
Kongeederfugl (Somateria spectabilis) adult han, fotograferet ved Gedser Odde, marts 2011, af Jens Eriksen. Billedet er at finde i GFUs galleri.
Det blev til i alt 31 nymærkninger i løbet af morgenen og formiddagen, fordelt på 7 jernspurve, 4 rødhalse, 5 solsorte, 1 sangdrossel, 3 fuglekonger, 2 blåmejser, 3 musvitter, 1 skovspurv, 2 bogfinker, 1 kvækerfinke, 1 grønirisk og 1 grønsisken.
En del mærkede fugle fra de forrige dage blev også genfanget, heriblandt 2 rødtoppede fuglekonger.

Todays' ringing:
Dunnock 7
Robin 4
Blackbird 5
Song Thrush 1
Goldcrest 3
Blue Tit 2
Great Tit 3
Tree Sparrow 1
Chaffinch 2
Brambling 1
Greenfinch 1
Siskin 1

+ 1 adult male King Eider migrating east with Common Eiders!

Blog v. Anders O. W. Nielsen

fredag den 27. marts 2015

A steady spring morning

A steady morning at the station today, with a respectable 51 birds ringed and 19 retraps. Again, Goldcrests dominated the catch with 32 individuals ringed. A new Firecrest and male Yellowhammer were the highlights of the morning.

New Firecrest ringed this morning

Plenty of these guys in the last couple of days - Goldcrest

The 2k male Yellowhammer ringed today

Breakdown 27/03/2015:
Winter Wren - 3
Dunnock - 5
European Robin - 4
Chiffchaff - 1
Goldcrest - 32
Firecrest - 1
Great Tit - 1
Eurasian Siskin - 3
Yellowhammer - 1

The afternoon was spent birdwatching at Bøtø Nor with Anders and Rune who gave me pointers on the waterbirds in the area, followed by a great home-cooked dinner and Æbliskiver for dessert to celebrate my birthday. All up a terrific day.

Written by: Lizzy Joyce

torsdag den 26. marts 2015

Record March catch

This morning was the best March day on record for Gedser Fuglestation, with a total of 151 birds ringed - a brilliant welcome for myself on my first day at Gedser! A lack of wind and low visibility at the beginning of the morning creating perfect conditions for the bumper catch. Goldcrests were moving through the area and made up the majority of the catch, with an astounding 97 individuals processed. Later as the wind picked up and the morning began to slow down a flock of Eurasian Siskins passed through, and 10 individuals were ringed. European Robins and Chiffchaffs also featured heavily, with 10 and 8 birds ringed, respectively. Highlights of the morning include the capture of a very handsome male Reed Bunting, and three Firecrests.

I am visiting Gedser Fuglestation from Perth, Western Australia and will be ringing here until late April. I am a ringer from the Herdsman Lake Banding Group in Western Australia and have experience ringing throughout Western Australia and Zimbabwe. My time at Gedser is a great opportunity for me to contribute to the invaluable research being conducted at the station and learn as much as I can about European birds. After such a great start I am looking forward to seeing what the next month holds for me!



Breakdown of catch 26/03/2015
Winter wren - 6
Dunnock - 5
European Robin - 10
Common Backbird - 2
Song Thrush - 1
Redwing - 2
Chiffchaff - 8
Goldcrest - 97
Firecrest - 3
Blue Tit - 2
Chaffinch - 1
European Greenfinch - 3
Eurasian Siskin - 10
Reed Bunting - 1
TOTAL: 151

Written by: Lizzy Joyce


onsdag den 25. marts 2015

Fuglekonger på retur

Det blev til endnu en udmærket morgen med 30 nymærkninger. I dag var der byttet lidt om på fordelingen, og det var klart fuglekongerne som dominerede fangsten. Jeg ringmærkede 4 gærdesmutter, 3 jernspurve, 4 rødhalse, 1 solsort, 3 sangdrosler, 12 fuglekonger, 2 musvitter, og 1 bogfinke.

Fuglekonge (Regulus regulus) - arkivfoto
En skovsneppe og to røde glenter var det bedste på observations-fronten.
Eftermiddagen gik med at få handlet ind, vasket fugleposer og gjort rent i ringmærkningslaboratoriet. Hans var herude for at plante flere hindbærbuske, som lidt afveksling til de mange brombær, man kan plukke i haven om sommeren. Senere kommer Rune med Lizzy fra Australien.

Blog og foto v. Anders O. W. Nielsen

tirsdag den 24. marts 2015

Solsortens dag

Dagen i dag blev antalsmæssigt, den bedste ringmærknings-dag i denne sæson, ind til videre. Det blev en rigtig god dag for solsortene, som for alvor ramte haven ved 8-tiden, hvor 30-40 fugle dumpede ned fra himlen, og næsten lige så hurtigt var trukket videre igen. Jeg ringmærkede 57 fugle fordelt på 12 jernspurve, 3 rødhalse, 17 solsorte, 1 gransanger, 8 fuglekonger, 1 rødtoppet fuglekonge, 8 blåmejser, 1 træløber, 3 grønirisker og 3 gulspurve.
Gransanger (Phylloscopus collybita)
Rødtoppet Fuglekonge (Regulus ignicapilla)
Todays' ringing:
Dunnock 12
Robin 3
Blackbird 17
Chiffchaff 1
Goldcrest 8
Firecrest 1
Blue Tit 8
Treecreeper 1
Greenfinch 3
Yellowhammer 3

Blog og fotos af Anders O. W. Nielsen