mandag den 12. januar 2015

Kvæk - kvæk, opdateret 13/1

Der er forholdsvis stille på Gedser Fuglestation  - her uden for sæsonen - dog har den grønne vinter ladet os føle stormene Dagmar og ikke mindst Egon, heldigvis uden større skader her i lokalområdet.

 - - - - men det milde vintervejr har gjort det muligt at få påbegyndt etableringen af det nye vandhul i fårefolden!

Vi har længe puslet med tanken, om det ikke var en god ide med en lille sø ved fuglestationen, så da Guldborgsund Kommune forrige år skulle i gang med projektet "Kvæk mit vandhul er væk"  ansøgte vi om at komme i betragtning til at få gravet et hul til padderne.


 Her det nye vandhul, som det så ud fredag middag

Det lykkedes at blive godkendt, og entreprenørerne gik i gang torsdag i sidste uge - i regn og rusk - med først at få skrabet et tykt lag muldjord væk fra et større areal. Dagen after tog den store gravemaskine fat, i regn og rusk, med selve vandhullet, der får en størrelse på cirka 300 m3. Hullet får skrå kanter, så der bliver fine muligheder for opvækst af tudser og frøer. 

Det er specielt bilag IV-arten Grønbroget Tudse, som man vil prøve at give bedre forhold. Der er også her i sidste uge lavet et tilsvarende vandhul i Birkemose, mindre end én km fra vores, nemlig så tæt på hinanden, at tudserne kan kommunikere!

Det påregnes, at gravningen bliver færdig i dag mandag eller i morgen, og så er det bare at vente på, at hullet langsomt fyldes med grundvand. Det bliver spændende at følge, hvordan dyr og planter efterhånden vil tage søen i brug.
Sådan ser vandhullet ud 13. januar 2015.

Link til projektet "Kvæk mit vandhul er væk"   http://xn--kvk-zla.dk/
Hans

søndag den 4. januar 2015

Januar – fuglene i Gedser

Januar – hvad kan fugle- og øvrige naturfolk forvente at se i Gedser?

Det er ikke let at spå. Vi venter med længsel på mere sol og januar er for mange blot en overgangsmåned der skal ”overstås”  hurtigt. Er januar mest grøn og med plus grader så kan der være meget at se på:

På havet omkring Gedser er ederfugl, sortand, stor skallesluger, toppet skallesluger, og gråand talrige samt de mest almindelige måge arter. Med tålmodighed og teleskop ses også havlit (de kommer først ind til kysten omkring primo-medio marts), og de to små arter af lommer.

Ved lystbådehaven ses ofte stor skallesluger, troldand, bjergand, blishøne, og taffeland samt skarv. Og en gang i mellem er der også en enkelt skærpiber eller engpiber og på de store sten skal man være heldig hvis der raster en sortgrå ryle.

I færgehavnen ses ederfugl, skarv og tit også lille lappedykker samt de mest almindelig måge arter. Men vær på vagt det er måske netop her den sjældne måge holder til.

På de fugtige enge er der mulighed for engpiber, kragefugle og måske stær.

Markerne: hvis der er lidt grønt at hente for Gæssene kan der ses, bramgås, blisgås, sædgås, samt grågås måske enkelte kortnæbbet gæs. Ofte har vi også både knopsvane samt sangsvane med måske enkelte Canadagæs. Har december været mild så måske også viber og stære på markerne.

I luftrummet over og omkring Gedser er der garanti for havørn dagligt samt formentlig både musvåge, fjeldvåge og ofte også tårnfalk og vandrefalk (tiest Rødsand-Kroghage-Agerlandet).

Gedser by og dens haver: ud over de helt almindelig arter (de to arter af spurve, to arter af mejser, grønirisk, kernebider, solsort mv.) er der i en grøn varm januar også: jernspurv og stære.

Er januar hvid af sne og med frost så kan der være svære at finde mange arter men ofte vil der være en anden sammensætning og arterne skifter plads: Svanerne er da ofte til havs og ses og høres ud for Rødsand. Gæssene har ofte forladt Gedser når januar er sneklædt og med frost. Og nogle af ænderne rykker ind i havnen.


I haver og hegn kan der nu være andre arter så som sjagger, vindrossel og silkehale krydret med jernspurv, og måske gulspurv og stær i de haver hvor der fodres hver dag og med flere varianter af foder.

Mvh, Hans Lind, Gert J. Jeppesen og Louis A. Hansen

(Alle arter der er set i Gedser i alle årene - og som er indtastet i Dof-basen kan ses her - "tryk på mig"

lørdag den 15. november 2014

Last Day of Fall 2014

Our last official banding day here at Gedser turned out to be a bit of a flop. The winds have been strong all day, and have continued to pick up. We were able to open up the sparrowhawk nets and managed to catch one! A first year male, was our last bird of the year! As far as last birds go, that is not too bad at all.

Young Male Sparrowhawk - Accipiter nisus

Overall, this season has been more than a success. Gedser has banded 13,119 birds for the fall season, the third busiest year of all time! Many species have broken records here at Gedser this year, including songthrush (sangdrossel), robin (rødhals), chiffchaff (gransanger), wren (gærdesmutte), long-tailed tit (halemejse), and redstart.(rødst jert). However, it was a lower than average year for bluetits (blåmejse). It has been a huge year for goldcrests (fuglekonge), with 4,087 in fall alone, and the highest totals in November, at 715 birds. Treecreeper (træløber) totals also broke a record, with 81 in total, and 73 in fall alone. Sparrowhawk (spurvhøg) totals were also high, with 124 in total, close to beating Gedser's record. Numbers of long-eared owls (skovhornugle) have increased, with 11 this year.  

As far as our time here, we could not have asked for a better season. The warm weather has been wonderful, and we have seen and banded more birds then we ever expected! We would like to thank everyone who has come through Gedser, for making this experience the best it could be. We will be sad to leave here, but hopefully we can return again! We will miss Danish food before too long, so I imagine we will be back in no time.

Abbi & Joe

fredag den 14. november 2014

Our penultimate day with a puffball

Given yesterday's birdy-ness and the fact that the weather was still quite calm we decided to exercise a bit of caution this morning and only opened around a third of the nets. As expected as the morning progressed there were plenty of birds every net round and we were kept quite busy all morning. Todays total though not as high as yesterday was a pretty respectable 100 birds exactly!

Species wise things were pretty similar to yesterday with goldcrests (fuglekonge) making up most of the catch, but also a few bullfinch (dompap) and robins (rødhals). Some pretty significant migration going overhead today as well. A large flock of about 200 blackbirds (solsort) skimmed over the garden at around midmorning which almost hit the top of one of the high nets.

As an aside from the bird news; yesterday we noticed a rather large mushroom in the garden not far from the apple trees. After doing some research we established that it was a giant puffball (Calvatia gigantea) and as you can see it was as big as my head. This species is edible while they're still young and not producing spores so we decided to incorporate it into this evenings meal! While it didn't have an incredibly strong flavour the texture was fantastic.

Giant puffball mushroom (Calvatia gigantea)

Things aren't looking too promising for the last day of the season with strong winds forecast. With any luck though the goldcrests will stick around and we'll be able to find a few nets out of the wind to open.

Joe


torsdag den 13. november 2014

Fistfuls of Fugles

The wind was quite strong yesterday, and we weren't able to open the nets for standard. It calmed down in the late afternoon, and we set up the owl nets hoping we would get another chance to catch a Tengmalm's. But alas, we caught nothing. However, we did see a Tengmalm's and a long-eared flying around, so there is hope yet.

When we woke up this morning, the wind was calm and it seemed rather quiet. So, over-enthusiastically we set up all the nets we could. On our first round we were surprised to find the nets filled with gold-crests (fuglekonge)! All morning the gold-crests rained from the skies into our nets. Joe and I wondered, where do they all keep coming from?! By the end of standard we had banded 295 goldcrests (fuglekonge), out of a total of 318 birds. Phew!

The few other birds that landed in the nets included the usual suspects, robins (rødhals), wrens (gærdesmutte) and bluetits (blåmejse). However, Joe and I also caught our first fieldfare (sjagger)!

Fieldfare Turdus pilaris  
Although today was exciting, and made up for our lack of birds yesterday, we hope tomorrow is a little more calm. Personally, I am a little fugled-out. 

Abbi
   

tirsdag den 11. november 2014

Fog!

A thick fog descended over Gedser this morning and the birds didn't seem to like it! With little wind and a couple of dozen birds on the first couple of net rounds we thought we were in for a busy morning, however when the fog rolled in at around 9 bird activity stopped all together.

Nothing out of the ordinary today birdwise, a few goldcrests (fuglekonge), a siskin (grønsiskin), greenfinch (grønirisk), chaffinch (bogfinke) and blackbirds (solsort).

We were expecting a dull day spent inside but Gert came to the rescue and took us on a trip to Lolland! We went to Maribo nature reserve and saw White-tailed Sea-eagles, Great Egrets, and many species of duck including a bunch of Smew a bird that we both very much wanted to see!
Maribo Nature Reserve

After we were treated to dinner and ice cream and a chance to see many many moths! Thanks Gert!

A&J