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Diversity in the ringing

søndag 16. maj 2021
af Samuel Perfect

A spectacular day with calm conditions allowing all the nets to be opened. The light waft of easterly wind carried some promise and it was not to disappoint. A total of 61 birds were ringed, involving 19 species, and including our first Red-spotted Bluethroat (Blåhals, Luscinia svecica) (ssp. svecica) of the spring!

Below are a selection of this mornings' ringing pictures:


2nd calendar year male Bluethroat (Blåhals, Luscinia svecica) (ssp. svecica).


Bluethroat (Blåhals, Luscinia svecica) (ssp. svecica).


Linnet (Tornirisk, Linaria cannabina).


Female Redstart (Rødstjert, Phoenicurus phoenicurus).


Redstart (Rødstjert, Phoenicurus phoenicurus) tail.


Willow Warbler (Løvsanger, Phylloscopus trochilus) of the subspecies acredula.


Wheatear (Stenpikker, Oenanthe oenanthe).


Reed Bunting (Rørspurv, Emberiza schoeniclus).

After the ringing I accomplished some domestic tasks, went food shopping, then got back on the bike and cycled to Ho Bugt. The tide was just beginning to fall allowing the breeding-plumage waders renewed access to the newly exposed mud. To round of the brilliant day, I watch an Osprey (Fiskeørn, Pandion haliaetus), with fish prey, 100's of Dark-bellied Brent Geese (Mørkbuget Knortegås, Branta bernicla bernicla), including a single Pale-bellied Brent Goose (Lysbuget Knortegås, Branta bernicla hrota) and two resting Spoonbills (Skestork, Platalea leucorodia). A Wryneck (Vendehalse, Jynx torquilla) was also feeding in the station car park before I left!

As I write this blog post, several moths have been attracted to the window thanks to the lighting from the station, including several Twenty-plume Moths (Kaprifoliefjermøl, Alucita hexadactyla) and a Shoulder Stripe (Brungul Bladmåler, Earophila badiata)!

Ringing: 12 Willow Warbler (Løvsanger, Phylloscopus trochilus) (including one ssp. acredula) , 10 Chiffchaff (Gransanger, Phylloscopus collybita), 10 Lesser Whitethroat (Gærdesanger, Curruca curruca), 2 Linnet (Tornirisk, Linaria cannabina), 1 Bluethroat (Blåhals, Luscinia svecica) (ssp. svecica), 3 Redstart (Rødstjert, Phoenicurus phoenicurus), 1 Reed Bunting (Rørspurv, Emberiza schoeniclus), 3 Blackcap (Munk, Sylvia atricapilla), 3 Whitethroat (Tornsanger, Curruca communis), 2 Song Thrush (Sangdrossel, Turdus philomelos), 2 Lesser Redpoll (Lille Gråsisken, Acanthis cabaret), 1 Common/Lesser Redpoll (Nordlig/Lille Gråsisken, Acanthis flammea/cabaret), 2 Spotted Flycatcher (Grå fluesnapper, Muscicapa striata), 1 Robin (Rødhals, Erithacus rubecula), 2 Pied Flycatcher (Broget fluesnapper, Ficedula hypoleuca), 1 Icterine Warbler (Gulbug, Hippolais icterina), 1 Wheatear (Stenpikker, Oenanthe oenanthe), 1 Garden Warbler (Havesanger, Sylvia borin), 1 Blackbird (Solsort, Turdus merula), and 2 Starling (Stære, Sturnus vulgaris). 

People: Bent, Martin, and Samuel.