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Many visitors today

tirsdag 17. maj 2022
And two seasons first: Marsh and Reed warbler
af Menno den Uijl

Today I expected to call Bent after the first round, because of high numbers of birds in the nets. Unfortunately, the nets were rather empty, probably because of a big front of showers south of us. Because of this, passerines are less likely to migrate. And that could be seen in the nets. Today Bent had a visiting elderly high school who came here to see something of the activities that are caried out here. After a few birds, they went to the fens for the little terns. The tour concluded at Skallingen, were Bent told something about the amazing nature there.

After the lunch, the rain disappeared so the birds came in. The highlights for me were two icterine warblers and spotted flycatcher (finally!).

After a very slow day Bello decided to get a more sleep in to be more rested the coming days.

We also hit some a new milestone, this season more than 200 chiffchaffs were ringed.

Today we had another two arrivals, in the form of a marsh warbler and reed warbler. We hope to get them in the nets in the coming days!

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If so many people are standing around one bird in hand you would expect a mega, here it is just a dunnock (but probably a first for many as well) – Photo by Menno

Ringing totals: 

Dunnock (1/0)

Redstart (4/0)

Blackbird (0/1)

Song thrush (1/0)

Icterine warbler (2/0)

Lesser whitethroat (4/0)

Common whitethroat (3/1)

Garden warbler (2/0)

Chiffchaff (5/1)

Willow warbler (9/0)

Spotted flycatcher (1/0)

Pied flycatcher (1/0)

Starling (0/1)

Chaffinch (0/2)

Lesser redpoll (1/0)

Bullfinch (2/0)

Doflink: https://dofbasen.dk/search/result.php?design=table&soeg=soeg&periode=antaldage&dage=10&omraade=hiddenlok&hiddenlok=555209&obstype=observationer&sortering=dato=17-05-2022&searchmyobs=Vis+dato

People at the station: Mikkel, Menno, Bent and the visiting group

Hangover

mandag 16. maj 2022
af Mikkel Bello

Det var egentlig i dag vi havde ventet at hittet skulle komme, med østenvind og varme, den kom dog igår. Jeg startede med at tælle 5:15 men til min skuffelse var der ikke en eneste trækfugl på nær 3 landsvaler på 1,5 time!! Derfor talte jeg alle de måger der var på stranden og jeg fandt en kaspisk måge. Menno ringede og ville have hjælp med en sanger som viste sig at være en løvsanger. Men efter gik jeg til mosen langs klitterne og talte i stedet, hvilket også var noget mere interessant da der var en del småfugle. 
Der var bla. mange Tornsangere, Stenpikkere og en del rødstjerter. Mursejlerne trak også pænt idag sammen med en del Gule Vipstjerter. 

Men ingen Makisanger... Der har kun været få twichere og så har jeg og Bent gået i mosen nogle gange men uden held. Den må være fløjet i nat. Bent fandt en Fiskeørn.

Vi har været trætte! I hvert fald jeg, da igår var noget intens, da birder danmark skulle overbevisis om at vi havde noget stort fik jeg løbet en del frem og tilbage for at få postet den nødvendige dokumentation, og så var jeg ude indtil aften. Så i dag var kroppen hel færdig, og efter to grundige runder i mosen var jeg slået helt ud. Menno virker også til at være træt så det er måske godt vi ikke skal holde ud så længe endnu, men det er nu det er spændende! 

En lille historie skal tilføjes. Da jeg sad og spiste frokost gik jeg hurtigt med Menno på netrundte, da jeg kom tilbage havde en Sølvmåge taget mit brød og havde smidt pesto over det hele. Så nu vil vi prøve at fange den på et tidspunkt og tage en snak med den. 
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Rørspurv, 2k han. Foto af Menno
Menno havde en trættende men god dag med mange fugle, for en gangs skyld! Se listen nederst.

ringmærkningsliste. Nye/Genfangst
Dofbasen link, her


0/1  Gærdesmutte 
8/0  Rødsjert
1/0  Sivsanger
1/1  Gærdesanger 
3/0  Tornsanger 
1/0  Munk
9/1  Gransanger 
32/2 Løvsanger
1/0  Broget Fluesnapper
0/1  Sortmejse 
0/1  Musivt
1/0  Bogfinke
3/0  Tornirisk 
0/2  Lille Gråsisken
1/0  Rørspurv

61 new birds, 9 recaptures

Folk: Menno, Bello, Bent, Bjørn Frikke

MEGA!!

søndag 15. maj 2022
Moltoni's warbler, first for DK
af Menno den Uijl

Today was a day without much wind, resulting in a rather slow seawatch for Mikkel. Because of the low wind speeds, I was able to open up all the nets. There were enough birds to keep walking between both ringing sites. Highlights were a pair of goldfinches and some more pied flycatcher. Next to that we also had some recaptures which were ringed last year, good to see that they are all doing good. The two lesser whitethroats have done a retour Africa, quite amazing to think about that.

After some rounds with low numbers in the nets, Bent put out on Zello that he had a subalpine warbler singing in the bog. I quickly closed all the nets and arrived as 4th, since Bello and David were already there. It was quite mobile, but always returned to the same place. After a few times the worn primaries and bleak appareance pointed us towards Moltonis warbler. When we heard a rattle call, we knew that we had jackpot. After Bello got back to the station to send out the recorder call, all twitchers in Denmark got in action. Moltonis warbler is a first for Denmark, so if you are fanatic about your Danish list, you definitely should twitch it.

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Photo of the sonogram of the rattle call – Picture by Bello

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Photo of the Moltoni’s warbler – Photo by Maria Rasmussen

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Photo of the twitch

We think that Bent will write a bit about it since it is a new species for Denmark. When that article is out, we will place the link here as well, so the readers of the blog will get an impression how he experienced the second find of a first of the country.

After I got back, I decided to open the nets again. Although it is not comparable with this mourning, we managed to get a new for the season, a wood pigeon! Luckily Bello was in the around to help me with the measurements.

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Photo of me with the wood pigeon – Picture by Bello

 

Ringing totals:

Wood pigeon (1/0)

Wren (0/1)

Redstart (1/0)

Blackbird (1/0)

Sedge warbler (1/0)

Lesser whitethroat (0/4)

Common whitethroat (2/0)

Garden warbler (1/0)

Chiffchaff (5/2)

Willow warbler (7/0)

Pied flycatcher (8/0)

Coal tit (0/1)

Starling (1/0)

Chaffinch (1/1)

Goldfinch (2/0)

Linnet (2/1)

Lesser redpoll (2/1)

 

Another day with fresh arrivels

lørdag 14. maj 2022
af Mikkel Bello

I was joined by my parents on the count this morning, but my mother joined menno with the ringing shortly after. It wasnt very exciting on the counting although we saw a Black Throated Diver and a Peregrin Falcon.
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Peregrin Falcon. Photo by Mikkel 

After, my dad and I walked to the bog and found a Spotted Flycatcher which is the first for this season in Blåvand also two grasshopper warblers. I also found a warbler I found interesting but it wasnt cooporating with us at all, and we couldn't find it afterwards only chifchaf was in the bushes so it might just have been that.
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The butt of a Grasshopper Warbler. Photo by Mikkel 

Menno had a day with some fine birds especially Pied Flycatcher was a highlight as he chaught 7! 
Later I took my parents out to see the floks of Red Dear near Tane Sø. It was very sucessfull as we also saw a Bittern. 

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Bitteren. Photo by Mikkel 


David joined us today and will stay until tomorrow. We went out to eat for dinner all five of us which was really nice! After My parents left. We went back to the station and soon went for a walk to the bog. We saw the Spotted flycatcher but nothing elese of interest.  Now we are going to bed.



Link to Dofbasen, here


People at the station: David, Pernille, Menno, Svend, Mikkel. 

A new for the season

fredag 13. maj 2022
af Menno den Uijl

Today was quite slow, just like the past few days. When I complained to David and Bello about it, the next round finally had some birds including a nice dark male Pied flycatcher. We also had a new species for the season, meadow pipit. When I tried to show it to David and Bello, I forgot in which bag I had put it in. Hence I gambled two times wrong, luckily I was not in the casino.

The parents of Mikkel came by today, they are in the area for a few days. Although there were not that many birds, they could witness the processing of three birds.

For next week southeastern winds are predicted, so hopefully another subalpine warbler will be in the nets here.

Picture of the seasons new bird, Meadow pipit – Picture by Bello

Ringing totals:

Meadow pipit (1/0)

Wren (0/1)

Song thrush (2/0)

Lesser whitethroat (2/1)

Common whitethroat (2/0)

Blackcap (1/0)

Chiffchaff (2/0)

Willow warbler (5/2)

Pied Flycatcher (2/0)

Coal tit (0/2)

Starling (2/0)

Chaffinch (2/0)

Redpoll (1/0)

People at the station: David, Bello and his parents and Menno

Bird of the season?

onsdag 11. maj 2022
af Menno den Uijl

Today we had to say goodbye to Agata and Maciej unfortunately. It would have been nice if they could stay a bit longer here, but another adventure at Ottenby is waiting for them. We wish them all the best and some good birds there.

Just a few minutes before they left I found a Red-breasted flycatcher male in the stationshaven. Unfortunately it did not fly in, but later in the day it flew into one of the nets. Although every species is nice to catch, I must admit that this has been they best bird so far. It was already the third new species for the season. Earlier this day we were able to ring garden warbler and sedge warbler. We only miss a few species that still need to return from Africa, such as Spotted flycatcher and Icterine warbler.
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Pomarine Skua doku shot by Bello

The seawatch was also very productive, although the limited vision. Maybe because of a bit of mist, an artic skua decided to rest on the beach. In a short time, it got chased away by some gulls. Next to the resting one, he saw three more and a pomarine skua. A kittiwake could also be added to the observationlist.

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Definitely the species of the day! – Picture by Bello

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Sedge warbler – Picture by Bello


Also !! The blog from the 9th is posted now!

Dofbasen link here

Ringing totals:

Blackbird (2/0)

Song thrush (1/1)

Sedge warbler (1/0)

Lesser whitethroat (0/2)

Garden warbler (1/0)

Chiffchaff (7/2)

Willow warbler (4/0)

Red breasted Flycatcher (1/0)

Pied flycatcher (1/0)

Linnet (1/0)

Bullfinch (2/0)

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

Last Tuesday in Blue Water

tirsdag 10. maj 2022
af Maciej Wozniak
Waking up early in the morning does not get easier yet, even though we set our alarms for hours before sunrise for quite a long time already. Luckily, catching birds during first rounds always gives us a dose of optimism for the coming day. In the first hours of the day Mikkel was the busiest one of us, as migration seemed to be intense. As we did not have that much of ringing work, I could join him and help a little bit with counting Red-throated Divers. After short time it started raining however, so we had to make rounds every 15 minutes in order to extract possible birds quickly before they get wet in the nets. Therefore I left Mikkel and returned to the station to help Agata and Menno. Unfortunately, rain stopped birds from flying around the garden so we had many empty rounds. The most interesting bird that we caught today was a Starling, that was already ringed - that was probably the one that is feeding it's chicks in the nest box next to our window.
At 10 am, just after the end of standard ringing time, we closed all the nets. After a quick coffee, Bent took us on a trip south, to show us a bit more of the Wadden Sea. It allowed us to see some gorgeous birds indeed! The biggest highlights for me and Agata were surely the Spoonbills (which are very rare in Poland) and Dotterels (that was the first time that we saw them!), and Menno and Bello seemed to be most enthusiastic about Montagu's Harrier. Obviously, species like Dunlins, Grey and Golden Plovers or Bar-tailed Godwits were also fun to observe. If it wasn't for the weather I'm sure we could stand there for hours with telescopes.

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After coming home and taking some rest me and Agata had to start packing our things as we are leaving Blåvand tomorrow. We felt here so good all the time and got used to living here that I think I still don't believe that this will be our last night here. We really hope that we will meet again with all the people that we met here very soon!
 
IMG20220510072543Starling's wing - they are so common, yet so gorgeous. Photo: Maciej Wozniak
 
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Documentary, digi-scoped picture of Spoonbills. Photo: Maciej Wozniak
 

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

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

Gærdesmutte / Wren: 0/1
Gærdesanger / Lesser Whitethroat: 2/1
Tornsanger / Common Whitethroat: 0/1
Munk / Blackcap: 1/0
Gransanger / Chiffchaff: 5/0
Stær / Starling: 0/1
Bogfinke / Chaffinch: 1/0

Total: 9/4

The Knots Were Flying

mandag 9. maj 2022
af Mikkel Bello

Today we experienced something spectacular

The day started a quarter past 5 with counting. it was pretty calm not much of interest until i see a huge group of birds going really high i get the scope on them and i think golden plovers, so i try to count them althoght it is difficult as the group change alot but minimum 500 so i write that down. a bit later i see another group but this time it is so big i thought it must be geese. but no,same spiceies and the flok is enormous. i dont know how many there was so i write the minimum down at least 3500. another group comes even higher this time and it is a bit smaler than the first one but i note it as 500 also.

Bent and Svend Aage are visiting  us today and we sit outside in the sun. I then go for a walk in the area, sadly the military area is closed so i go around near the station. three wrynecks hang out behind the station.
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Wryneck, Photo by Mikkel Bello

I walk to the ‘hole’ in front of the dunes south west of the parking lot where a wagtail with yellow head is flying up, it is calling a couple of times but it doesn't sound like a Citrine Wagtsil though it looks like one on my pictures, so i call it out as possible citrine.
I walked quickly back and Bent and the others agreed, it looked like a citrine.
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Yellow Wagtail, Flavissima (Citrine Wagtail look alike) photo by Mikkel Bello

We walked back there and found it again this time it is flying around and is for sure not sounding right. Then it went down and now we see it clearly and the pictures I took confirmed it. A Yellow wagtail of the subspecies flavissima which is also called yellow headed yellow wagtail. It is also pretty rare and a good find!
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Yellow Wagtail, Flavissima. Photo by Mikkel Bello

later bent textst me if i'm sure i saw 4500 golden plovers as it would be a new record for blåvand, the previous is 600 something, and the red knots should begin to migrate in big groups now. ok so to make it short. i start to doubt if it was really golden plovers and not red knots, and later we see a big group flying past the station so we go out to watch the migration in the evening. here we see some nice groups as well but for sure knots. so i correct myself and enjoy the nice migration. Apart from 2000 knots that evening we also saw good migration of scoters and velvet scoters. The last mentioned I was also very surprised to see in bigger numbers than 5-10 in floks! We had some groups with more than 60 and saw 392! The knots ended at 1907 plus the group we saw from the station at around 400.

Had I been more aware of this phenomena I would have spent the day out and tried to get a maximum count. Also I was a bit conservative in my counting so I believe 10k+ birds could have been seen but a total of 6815 is not bad at all! 


Dofbasen link here
People at the station: Mikkel, Agata, Menno, Maciej, Bent, Svend Aage

Birdringing and mammalwatching

søndag 8. maj 2022
af Maciej Wozniak
When we are spending a lot of time in the Station we experience not only super satisfying days with a lot of highlights, but also have to be ready to endure long periods with very few birds. In such days every bird caught in the net makes us happy, even if it is a recaptured Robin or a Chiffchaff. But we also feel that with every morning we hope more and more to see nets full of birds, or at least some extraordinary species. Luckily, ornithology teaches a lot of patience - it would be quite impossible to enjoy birding if we got annoyed every time when we don't see what we hoped for immediately. And this day was a perfect opportunity to train our patience. Thanks to that it was also a great day to rest, take care of other responsibilities and just use our time in this beautiful place. Between the rounds we took care of everyday duties: Menno vacuumed the floors, Mikkel took care of the dinner and Agata cleaned the bathroom. I was quite lucky (again) and I got putting in the data and writing the blog.
In the late afternoon me and Agata went on a little trip to the forest near Ho and to Skallingen. The latter was mostly an outstanding experience of cowwatching - there were A LOT of cows, standing next to and on the road that we were driving, so we got a chance to see them from a really small distance. Indeed 10/10 on a cuteness scale. We also saw there many Wheatears and singing Skylarks. Walk through the forest on the other hand was really successful in terms of watching deer. We saw numerous Red Deers and Fallow Deers, some of them were really calm and presented us their gorgeous antlers - although they are still growing and are quite far from reaching their final form, the ones that grew on heads of the most magnificent males were already stunning. We did not see too many birds however, but we had a chance to admire a White-tailed Eagle, as it flew from the tree just next to us.
Hopefully tomorrow we will be a bit more busy with ringing, although we are also ready for even less birds than today.
 
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Close picture of Hawfinch's wing - these are one of the most peculiar flight feathers among all of European passerines. Photo: Maciej Wozniak
 

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

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

Gærdesanger / Lesser Whitethroat: 0/2
Gransanger / Chiffchaff: 1/2
Løvsanger / Willow Warbler: 1/0
Musvit / Great Tit: 0/1
Stor Gråsisken / Lesser Redpoll: 3/0
Kernebider / Hawfinch: 0/1

Total: 5/6

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


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