fredag den 24. april 2015

En vild dag på stationen

Lizzy havde sin sidste ringmærkningsdag i går, og nu er hun rejst på ferie i Thailand. Hun har gjort et virkelig godt stykke arbejde, og de siger vi hende tusind tak for!

I de næste par uger overtager undertegnede tjansen med ringmærkningen, desværre nok ikke hver dag, men når tiden tillader det, og i dag åbnede jeg håbefuldt godt halvdelen af nettene i det disede vejr. Det viste sig hurtigt, at det skulle blive en uforglemmelig dag: Rødhalse og løvsangere tonsede igennem haven, fulgt af gransangere, jernspurve og rødstjerter.

Allerede på anden runde var der en munk med ring: MADRID stod der på den, så dagen var reddet, inden den var ret gammel. Dis og tåge vekslede frem og tilbage, og det gjorde, at fuglene bare blev ved med at slå sig ned. Det blev til flere nye ringmærkningsarter for året: Tornsanger, gærdesanger og broget fluesnapper og den ventede vendehals, som Lizzy så gerne ville have haft i hænderne.



Midt på eftermiddagen nærmede jeg mig Ø6, hvor jeg kunne se, at den liv og glade dage: tre solsorte (troede jeg) var gået i nettet, men da jeg kom helt derhen, víste det sig, at det var ringdrosler! Vi har aldrig nogen sinde før mærket flere af dem på én dag. Det var til at blive helt euforisk over!

De sidste mange dage har trækket gået dødt et par timer op af formiddagen, men ikke i dag, så jeg fortsatte helt til kl. 18, hvor totalen nåede op på 199 nymærkninger!

Dagens mærkninger/ today's ringing
Gransanger/Chiffchaff 31
Løvsanger/Willow Warbler 48
Fuglekonge/Goldcrest 2
Broget Fluesnapper/Pied Flycatcher 3
Rødhals(Robin 82
Jernspurv/Dunnock 6
Rødstjert/Redstart 3
Gærdesanger/Lesser Whitethroat 1
Tornsanger(Common Whitethroat 1
Tornirisk/Linnet 2
Gærdesmutte/Wren 1
Sangdrossel/Sung Thrush 7
Vendehals/Wryneck 1
Munk/Blackcap 7
Bogfinke/Chaffinch 1
Ringdrossel/Ring Ouzel 3
Total 199

Hans

torsdag den 23. april 2015

First Common Redstart for the year

Today was a good day of ringing despite windy conditions. A total of 33 new birds were ringed and 8 retraps were caught - much better than yesterday considering I only had the nets open for the standard 5 hours! Good species diversity too today with 11 species ringed, of which Robins (15) and Willow Warblers (5) were the most common. Also in with the usual species were Linnets, Blackcaps, a Yellowhammer and the first Common Redstart of the year. Great to have the chance to see this guy in the hand before I leave.



That officially concludes my time at Gedser Fuglestation - like I said in yesterday's blog post I can't believe how fast the time has gone and I wish I had longer. Ringing in Gedser every morning for the past month has been bliss! I've been so impressed by the terrific setup and scientific program at the station, and will be stealing a few ideas to take back to Australia. It's been a pleasure to meet many of those involved with the station and those who read the blog and came down to say hi - thanks for making me feel so welcome. The community involvement at the station and appreciation for birds that I've witnessed in Gedser is something very special and heartening for the future of bird research and conservation here. I would especially like to thank Hans and Gert for their time, effort, support, expertise and excellent company over the past month - you guys are the best and have made my time here so enjoyable. And I'll have to come back to ring that Wryneck!

Breakdown 23/04/2015:
Dunnock (Jernspurv) - 3
Robin (Rødhals) - 15
Common Redstart (Rødstjert) - 1
Song Thrush (Sangdrossel) - 1
Blackcap (Munk) - 2
Chiffchaff (Gransanger) - 2
Willow Warbler (Løvsanger) - 5
Goldcrest (Fuglekonge) - 1
Greenfinch (Grønirisk) - 1
Linnet (Tornirisk) - 1
Yellowhammer (Gulspurv) - 1
TOTAL = 33



Lizzy Joyce

onsdag den 22. april 2015

Very slow morning

Well although a month has passed it seems I am no better at predicting how the day of ringing will turn out. Opening the nets this morning the weather was cloudy and there was absolutely no wind - I thought that this would have been a good morning for a big day of ringing - but I was wrong. It was in fact a very slow day, with relatively few birds singing in the garden, and only 24 birds were ringed and 13 retraps measured. There were many net rounds which yielded no birds or only retraps from the earlier in the morning - bizarre considering the great conditions continued for the whole 8 hours.

No wind but no birds!
The new birds ringed were all the regular species from the past few weeks; Wrens, Chiffchaffs, Blackbirds, Dunnocks and one Goldcrest, Great Tit and Willow Warbler. Other than that a Tree Sparrow, Blackcap and two Linnets also featured.

The Tree Sparrow ringed this afternoon
I'm sad to say there's only one more day of ringing left for me at Gedser Fuglestation - I can't believe how quickly the month has gone! That gives me one more day to catch the European species I would love to ring more than anything - a Wryneck (Vendehals). I've got a good feeling tomorrow is the day I'm going to catch one. Then again, I couldn't even guess the outcome of today...

Here's to wishful thinking!

Breakdown 22/04/2015:
Wren (Gærdesmutte) - 2
Dunnock (Jernspurv) - 1
Robin (Rødhals) - 6
Blackbird (Solsort) - 2
Blackcap (Munk) - 1
Chiffchaff (Gransanger) - 6
Willow Warbler (Løvsanger) - 1
Goldcrest (Fuglekonge) - 1
Great Tit (Musvit) - 1
Tree Sparrow (Skovspurv) - 1
Linnet (Tornirisk) - 2
TOTAL = 24


Lizzy Joyce

tirsdag den 21. april 2015

Having a field day with a Fieldfare

More great weather resulted in another great day of ringing. This morning 67 new birds were ringed and 7 retraps were measured. There were 12 species ringed today, and unlike previous mornings Robins did not dominate the catch - they were the second-most common species (14 ringed) after Willow Warblers (18 ringed). Chiffchaffs were the third most abundant, with 10 ringed.

Chiffchaff (left) and Willow Warbler (right) had their share of the spotlight today along with Robins
There were also many Linnets in the garden today, and 4 were ringed along with 2 Goldfinches, 3 Blackcaps and the usual species of Dunnocks, Wrens, Greenfinches, Chaffinches and Song Thrush. But the highlight of the morning was ringing a Fieldfare - the first for the year and another new species for me before I leave.

The gorgeous first Fieldfare ringed for the year
Once again I spent the afternoon birdwatching around Maribo with Gert. Other than an Osprey (Fiskeørn) and a very late Smew (Lille Skallesluger), there was nothing too noteworthy to report. But what better way to enjoy this glorious weather.

Breakdown 21/04/2015:
Wren (Gærdesmutte) - 2
Dunnock (Jernspurv) - 6
Robin (Rødhals) - 14
Fieldfare (Sjagger) - 1
Song Thrush (Sangdrossel) - 2
Blackcap (Munk) - 3
Chiffchaff (Gransanger) - 10
Willow Warbler (Løvsanger) - 18
Chaffinch (Bogfinke) - 3
Greenfinch (Grønirisk) - 2
Goldfinch (Stillits) - 2
Linnet (Tornirisk) - 4
TOTAL = 67


Lizzy Joyce

mandag den 20. april 2015

Willow Warblers and a Woodpecker

Awesome day of Spring ringing today! Perfect weather (I took both my jackets off this morning so it must be getting warm) and a great catch. Again I was busy early on this morning and then everything slowed to about 3 birds per net round after that.

A total of 94 birds were ringed this morning from 15 species, and 15 retraps were caught. Excitingly, the Willow Warblers have arrived in the garden! They've been around Gedser for a while now but I haven't seen any sign of them in the garden until this morning when they were singing beautifully just after sunrise. Six were ringed early on this morning.

Something else a bit different this morning was that I ringed a Great Spotted Woodpecker - my first Woodpecker and a real treat in my final days at the station. Such great birds! It took me longer than I expected to extract the net from its fantastically strong, gripping feet and it made such a racket. It also had a decent peck at my hands but I loved every second of it - it's a Woodpecker after all!

The Great Spotted Woodpecker ringed today
Also of note is that I recorded the first brood patch of this season on a Greenfinch this morning. Looks like Spring is really starting to get into full swing now and the birds are officially getting ready to breed.

Greenfinch showing the development of a brood patch when feathers blown away from the body
Close up of brood patch, which is a highly vasculated bare area that birds develop in the nesting season to keep their eggs warm during incubation

A Goldfinch, Reed Bunting, Blackcap, Black Redstart and a couple of Bramblings were also caught in with the usual suspects of Robins, Wrens, Dunnocks, Chiffchaffs, Goldcrests, Great Tits and Greenfinches. Again Robins were the most common species ringed and comprised 58 % of the catch.

The weather for tomorrow looks like a repeat of today - I'd be happy with a repeat of today's catch too.

Breakdown 20/04/2015:
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Stor Flagspætte) - 1
Wren (Gærdesmutte) - 1
Dunnock (Jernspurv) - 6
Robin (Rødhals) - 53
Black Redstart (Husrødstjert) - 1
Song Thrush (Sangdrossel) - 1
Blackcap (Munk) - 1
Chiffchaff (Gransanger) - 12
Willow Warbler (Løvsanger) - 6
Goldcrest (Fuglekonge) - 1
Great Tit (Musvit) - 4
Brambling (Kvækerfinke) - 2
Greenfinch (Grønirisk) - 3
Goldfinch (Stillits) - 1
Reed Bunting (Rørspurv) - 1
TOTAL = 94


Lizzy Joyce

søndag den 19. april 2015

Mostly Robins and a hungry Hawfinch

Another day of fine weather accompanied another good Spring day of ringing. It was a busy start to the morning, but after 8 am the busy burst of birds slowed considerably to 2-3 birds per net round. A total of 55 new birds were ringed this morning and 13 retraps were caught.  Though numbers were similar to yesterday, the species diversity was not quite as high with 10 species ringed. Robins dominated the day, but a Linnet, Hawfinch (that decided to see how I taste and take a slice out of my finger) and Yellowhammer also featured.
The Yellowhammer ringed today
The great weather looks like it will continue for the next couple of days, so hopefully the good mornings of ringing will too.

Breakdown 19/04/2015:
Wren (Gærdesmutte) - 5
Dunnock (Jernspurv) - 4
Robin (Rødhals) - 33
Blackcap (Munk) - 3
Chiffchaff (Gransanger) - 1
Linnet (Tornirisk) - 1
Hawfinch (Kernebider) - 1
Yellowhammer (Gulspurv) - 1
TOTAL = 55


Lizzy Joyce