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Finally green in garden!

lørdag 7. maj 2022
af Agata Balicka
Today we started the day by opening nets before 5 am. Every day the Sun wakes up earlier and earlier, making us more and more sleepy.
Like during last few days, in the morning we caught mostly phylloscopes, lesser whitethroats, blackcaps and some robins, but after 8 am Menno saw something bigger in the net. It was a Hawfinch, a first one ringed in Blåvand this year! What is even better, it was a really beautiful adult male. He was so calm and tried to bite our fingers only few times. After some hours it flew in the net again - maybe he wanted us to admire his gorgeous feathers and bill again, or thought that it would be nice to make scars on our hands that we will show our grandchildren telling the stories about the Mighty Hawfinch?
After 1pm only few birds got caught so we had some time for ourselves again. Me and Maciej were sitting in the garden, reading books and in the meantime observed 3 gulls flying above the station. We tried to convince them to get closer to us (so we can catch them with a net later) but they were too careful. Therefore this time we were not successful with gulls, maybe in next days we will manage to catch at least one?
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Bird - Kernebider / Hawfinch. Photo: Agata Balicka
 

People at the station: Agata, Menno, Mikkel, Maciej

Complete list of birds caught today (ringed / recaptured):

Gærdesmutte / Wren: 0/1
Gærdesanger / Lesser Whitethroat: 4/0
Munk / Blackcap: 5/0
Gransanger / Chiffchaff: 9/2
Løvsanger / Willow Warbler: 4/2
Bogfinke / Chaffinch: 1/0
Stor Gråsisken / Lesser Redpoll: 2/1
Kernebider / Hawfinch: 1/0

Total: 26/6

Finally South Western Winds

fredag 6. maj 2022
But..
af Mikkel Bello

I was quite excited today as the forecast predicted winds from SW. 
It did start okay, with Grashopperwarbler singing at the parkinglot. I stared counting at 5:30 it was a bit quiet i thought but sometimes the birds have to wake up as well! 
I was joined by Henrik, but at the time he arrived the fog arrived too. We gave it a chance but after a bit of rain the fog increased until we couldn't tell apart beach from water if we could even see the water, so we quit. Henrik went home to pack for a trip to California and I took a day off kinda. 

The ringers was unfortunatly not as busy as we hope for though so birds today but nothing really of interest. Agata cooked a nice dinner for us and went to the Bunker Mules with Maceij after the following round of ringing.  
 

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Comparison between Lesser and Common Whitethroat (Gærdesanger / Tornsanger) from yesterday – Picture by Maceij

Observations on Dofbasen


Ringing Totals   new/recaptures
Robin (7/0)

Redstart (2/0)

Blackbird (1/0)

Lesser whitethroat (4/1)

Blackcap (8/0)

Chiffchaff (9/1), one of them ssp. abenetius

Willow warbler (5/0)

Pied flycatcher (1/0)

Great tit (0/1)

Tree sparrow (1/1)

Lesser redpoll (1/0)

 

 

People at the station: Agata, Maciej, Bello, Bent and Menno

First for the country!

torsdag 5. maj 2022
The first common nightingale for Denmark this year
af Menno den Uijl

The day started really good with the first nightingale in Denmark this year, we all heard it sing. Besides the nightingale, the ringing only started properly after two almost empty rounds. But after those two rounds, the lesser whitethroats and the phylloscopen (Chiffchaff and Willow warbler) could be found in the nets. In one of the last rounds we found another wryneck, bringing the seasons total up to 10 which means that we reached the same amount of wrynecks during the record year. With the favorable southern winds this night and tomorrow I suspect that we can catch some more. After standardized time, we decided to use some playback to lure the nightingale into the nets. Within 20 minutes it flew into the nets.

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Sydlig nattergal, Photo - Bello

Another highlight was the catch of the first common whitethroat. They arrived some days ago, and singing in the surroundings of the station. But up until today, they managed to keep outside of the nets.  

 

To end the day, we got a reply of the French Chiffchaff we controlled. It was ringed in October 2020 as a 1k, making it a 3k when we controlled it. You may wonder how many kilometers it already has travelled the last two years.

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The place where the chiffchaff got its ring

Ringing list (new/recapture)

Wryneck (0/1)

Wren (1/1)

Dunnock (0/1)

Robin (3/1)

Nightingale (1/0)

Common redstart (2/0)

Blackbird (1/1)

Song thrust (1/0)

Lesser whitethroat (14/2)

Common whitethroat (1/0)

Blackcap (3/0)

Chiffchaff (7/1)

Willow warbler (8/0)

Pied flycatcher (1/0)

Great tit (0/1)

Chaffinch (0/1)

Linnet (1/0)

People at the station: Agata, Maciej, Bello and Menno

Patience pays

onsdag 4. maj 2022
af Maciej Wozniak

Doing the closing round at 10 p.m. sounded like a brilliant idea yesterday. However when alarm rang at 4.40 a.m. today we regretted it a bit, especially because there were no birds in nets after sunset. Getting up wasn't so difficult though, as we all are full of hope every morning that new day will finally bring us some bigger numbers of ringed birds. And even though we ringed only ... and some of the rounds were empty, we are not disappointed. For sure it is very helpful to try to take the best even from bad situation, and when we think longer about this passing day, we find more and more positive sides of it. First of all, we caught definitely more birds than yesterday, so it was already a success. Next little highlight was catching relatively many Lesser Whitethroats, so we had some more opportunities to practice ageing them. Moreover, we extracted also some Redpolls and a Chaffinch, so that are another species good for gaining experience. And what seems to be the most significant moment of the day: we caught a Barn Swallow! So now we are sure that keeping nets open until late evening is profitable, even if there will be days with empty closing rounds at 10 pm.
Besides ringing, the day passed really calmly today, so we could take a little nap during the day, I practiced some wood carving, Menno took care of his internship project, Mikkel (who had quite successful seawatch today, seeing a really nice migration of Gannets) had used time to train his martial arts, and after dinner and shopping me and Agata went on a lovely (birdwatching) walk to the dunes. Now we are quickly going to sleep, waiting what tomorrow will bring us.

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Every species that is new for us obviously needs to be photographed. Photo: Mikkel Bello

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Today's beauty - Barn Swallow. Photo: Maciej Wozniak

 

People at the station: Agata, Menno, Mikkel, Maciej

Complete list of birds caught today (ringed / recaptured):

Landsvale / Barn Swallow: 1/0
Gærdesmutte / Wren: 1/0
Jernspurv / Dunnock: 0/1
Rødhals / Robin: 1/1
Gærdesanger / Lesser Whitethroat: 10/1
Munk / Blackcap: 1/0
Gransanger / Chiffchaff: 3/1
Løvsanger / Willow Warbler: 3/1
Bogfinke / Chaffinch: 1/1
Grønirisk / Greenfinch: 0/1
Tornirisk / Linnet: 1/0
Stor Gråsisken / Lesser Redpoll: 2/0

Total: 24/7

Slow day in Blåvand

tirsdag 3. maj 2022
af Agata Balicka
Day started with a very strong wind in the morning, so we were not able to open all of the nets - moreover, we even decided to close few of them after first rounds. Despite the weather was not pleasant for us, we expected that it would favour passerines migration and we would have nets full of birds. Eventually we caught only 5 individuals. In terms of collecting data this was not very successful day (although even no results are results themselves), but obviously we can not complain about having nothing to do. We used the free time between rounds to learn new things, such as latin names of birds (to gain polish ringing license I  need to pass an exam, during which I have to know scientific names of every species that have ever been observed in Poland), or just to observe nature and listen to birds' voices in peace. Listening these concerts is really easy in the station's garden, as it is quite loud here: we can hear singing Lesser Whitethroats and sometimes Yellowhammers, whose songs are very characteristic.
Today Mikkel observed migration over the sea with Henrik. Unfortunately it was not as big as we expected.
 


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Common Redstart - today's rarity. Photo: Agata Balicka 
 
 

Ringing (new / recapture)

Robin / Rødhals: 1/2

Common Redstart / Rødstjert: 1/0

Blackbird / Solsort: 0/1

Lesser Whitethroat / Gærdesanger: 0/1

Chiffchaff / Gransanger: 1/1

Total: 3/5


People at the station; Maciej, Agata, Bello, Bent, Menno

A Productive Day

mandag 2. maj 2022
Day of the terns
af Mikkel Bello

Today started for me at 4:30 with some stretching and breathwork and then off to the counting which is 5:30 now. Because of  the divers and the terns migrating at different heights I asked Menno to help me as it is difficult to cover both the sea and the sky at the same time. Agata and Maciej took care of the nets.
Despite yesterday's good diversity and numbers we had a rather slow day with just over 200 divers. The terns took the show with 700 Common(Fjord) / Arctic(Hav) Terns(Terner) and one Black Tern(Sortterne) which  isn’t common in spring.  No Skuas, and no surprises.

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Little Terns. Photo by Mikkel Bello

Today was the day where we were putting up a fence for breeding little terns. So Bent, John and svend Aage came with pastry and buns before we started. We thought or i thought at least that it would take maybe a couple of hours but no it took 6 -7 hours before we were done but a good result it was. Menno was working on his internship and watching the nets as we were working.

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Little Tern with green color ring. Photo by Mikkel Bello 


We located 3 Ringed Plover nests and were accompanied with 5 little terns. Around 100 sandelings and 130 Sandwich Terns were resting on the sandbanks while we were digging, measuring and whatever else was needed to prepare the fence. 
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Ringed Plover(Stor Præstekrave) nesting. Photo by Mikkel Bello

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Ringed Plover eggs. Photo by Mikkel Bello


Dofbasen Link, here

Ringing (new/recapture)
5/0 Robin (Rødhals)
1/0 Blackbird (Solsort)
5/0 Lesser Whitethroat (Gærdesanger)
1/0 Blackcap (Munk)
8/2 Chiffchaff (Gransanger)
8/0 Willow Warbler (Løvsanger)
2/0 Linnet (Tornirisk)
2/0 Lesser Redpoll (Lille Gråsisken)


People at the station: Bent, John Frikke, Svend Aage, Menno Maciej, Agata, Mikkel Bello

The seawatch beats the ringing

søndag 1. maj 2022
Serin, fulmar, pomarine skua and a possible Olive backed pipit

Today was finally good! My motivation has been pretty low due to the low or non migration that has been. Yesterday was a bit better, but today was above average! With 957 divers, a Black Throated Diver(Sortlom) as well, plenty Arctic/common terns, 5 arctic skuas(Almindelig Kjove), 1 Pomarine Skua(Mellem Kjove) which is the first in dk this season. We also had a serin, and good numbers of lesser black backed gull. And a possible citrin wagtail, Henrik has to look at the recording! 2 little gulls and a fulmar(Mallemuk) is also worth mentioning. So now the motivation is very good again, hopefully may will be a lot better m than April was! 
Edit: After a bit of research the possible Citrin Wagtial (Citron Vipstjeret) is now probably a Olive Backed Pipet (Tajgapiber) which is an even better (rarer) spicies. Lets see 

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Pomarine Skua (Mellemkjove) Photo by Henrik Bøhmer 

Today we also had an open ringing day. It was quite nice to see how many people showed up. The first few rounds did not have any birds, so we were a bit spooked that we could not show any birds. Luckely, when it started, we had some birds in the nets. We could show a redpoll, a few chiffchaffs and willow warblers and some blackcaps. One blackcap had fat 7 and weighted over 23 grams, a very heavy bird that already has enough fat to reach her breeding grounds.

Ringing totals (new/recaptures)

Dunnock (0/1)

Robin (1/0)

Redstart (1/0)

Blackbird (0/1)

Lesser whitethroat (2/0)

Blackcap (4/0)

Chiffchaff (9/1)

Willow warbler (5/1)

Chaffinch (1/1)

Greenfinch (0/1)

Lesser redpoll (0/1)

People at the station: Some open day visitors, Bent, John, Leona, Bello, Maciej, Agata and Menno

Dof link: https://dofbasen.dk/search/result.php?design=table&soeg=soeg&periode=dato&dato=01-05-2022&omraade=stor&stor=607&obstype=observationer&species=alle&sortering=dato

The mouse is gone but a fox family settled

lørdag 30. april 2022
af Leona Gottschalkson

Today the ringing was a bit better than the days before. We captured 10 new birds and 3 recaptures. Due to a fox cub that Menno saw in the Helgolandtrap we asume that there is a whole fox family in the lighthousegarden. Because we don't want our birds in the nets to become foxfood we put up a foxtrap that we check regularly.

Bello also had a better day, with okay numbers of divers and terns, but still nothing out of the ordernary actually still a bit under standard. 

When I took out the trash in the kitchen, I gasped. I was very surprised when I found that one of the mousetraps finally worked after nearly 2 months! Sadly it wasn't a living trap. 

A bit of a retrospectif to the last month.

Ringing

In April 508 new birds have been ringed. The most numerous species have been: Chiffchaff (95) and Robin (92). The highlights for me were two collared doves, nine wrynecks (as mentioned previous, this is almost the same amount as the highest season total) and the ring ouzel. Besides that, it has been really nice to see some birds that winter in southern parts of this world. Such as willow warbler, blackcap and lesser whitethroat. Up untill now we did not caught common whitethroat, but we expect that we catch one the coming days. Besides the new birds, we also had some nice recaptures. In total we had 4 foreign controls: a belgian Linnet, a belgian Blackcap, a german Robin and a french Chiffchaff. 

 

Ringing data (new/recapture)

Dunnock (0/1)

Blackbird (0/1)

Chiffchaff (2/0)

Willow warbler (3/0)

Great tit (0/1)

Brambling (1/0)

Linnet (1/0)

Redpoll (3/0)

 

 

 

Quick trip!

fredag 29. april 2022
af Agata Balicka

Day started better than the day before and first and second round brought us 3 birds (Redpolls and a Robin). During the day we did not catch many birds but we had opportunity to ring a Redwing. It was only 7th one this year. Weather was pretty good in the morning, but after 10 a.m. wind became stronger, what made us close nets just after 1 p.m.
Mikkel however observed more birds than yesterday. He saw almost 4 hundred Red-throated Divers and 2 Ring Ouzels near the camping.
Today we went on a trip to the Fanø lake in order to see Spoonbills and Bluethroats. Unfortunately, we did not see them, but still think this excursion was very pleasant. We saw big flocks of Barnacle Geese and Black-headed Gulls, and some other nice species, like a Common Sandpiper, Wood Sandpipers, Shelducks and many Great Crested Grebes. When we were getting done with this little birdwatching, weather changed and looked really great from then, so we decided to go to some other place to look for our ‘’target species’’. We spent some time near the Tanesø lake, but instead of finding bluethroats we climbed on a little hill and took a short nap on grass. So the rarest species that we saw today in the afternoon were probably black geese that we chased in our dreams.

 

Ringing (new/recapture)

Robin / Rødhals: 1 / 0

Redwing / Vindrossel: 1 / 0

Blackcap / Munk: 2 / 0

Chiffchaff  / Gransanger: 1 / 1

Lesser Redpoll / Stor Gråsisken: 1 / 1

Total: 6 / 2

Dofbasen link : https://dofbasen.dk/search/result.php?design=table&soeg=soeg&periode=dato&dato=29-04-2022&omraade=stor&stor=607&obstype=observationer&species=alle&sortering=dato
  
People at the station; Maciej, Agata, Bello, Bent, Leona and Menno

Nice day, few birds

onsdag 27. april 2022
af Menno den Uijl

Today was another slow day migration wise. Not everyday here can be full of birds, unfortunately. The migration over sea was even so slow that Mikkel was to bored to continue the count. Because of the low amount of birds in the nets, I decided to recontinue the seawatch from the ringing lab. In between the ringing I saw quite some migration of divers and scoters, so I decided to give Mikkel a call that it was not that boring actually. Shortly after the call, Mikkel joined me. During that time, there was some high migration of divers. Besides the divers and terns, we also saw some little terns, gannets and little gulls.

Although there were not that many birds to ring, we caught another new wryneck. This brings the total to 9 and we are only one short of the record of 10. We think it should be possible to catch some more, resulting in a new record number for this species.

For dinner we made a nice bonfire to grill some sausages and patotoes.

Dof link : https://dofbasen.dk/search/result.php?design=table&soeg=soeg&periode=dato&dato=27-04-2022&omraade=stor&stor=607&obstype=observationer&species=alle&sortering=dato

People at the station: Maciej, Agata, Bello, Bent, Leona and Menno

Ringing (new/recapture)

Wryneck (1/1)

Wren (1/0)

Dunnock (1/1)

Robin (0/6)

Black redstart (1/0)

Lesser whitethroat (1/0)

 Blackcap (5/0)

Chiffchaff (2/0)

Willow warbler (6/1)

Chaffinch (1/0)

Lesser redpoll (1/0)

20 new birds over 10 species


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