3rd April 2017

All nets opened at 0545 and closed after 1100 with 59 new birds caught. Among them was a Great Grey Shrike, only the 3rd individual caught at the Obs in spring, all in April (25th April 1992 & 17th April 1995). Best bird was a controlled Dunnock, carrying a ring from the Belgian ringing scheme.

Working on getting everything sorted for the start of the main visitor season; finalising dates for the series of public guided talks and lectures. Hopefully we will build on the success of last year and attract more visitors to the Obs. Also making progress on getting the daily diary on a Landsort blog site, rather than using the Sharpe Focus Ltd one. This should mean more of Landsorts members will see it. At the ‘testing’ stage now and hope to go live with it in the next day or so.

Just Chris & Kay at the Obs tonight.

Birds Ringed
• Dunnock Järnsparv 6
• Blackbird Koltrast 6
• Chiffchaff Gransångare 1
• Goldcrest Kungsfågel 6
• Robin Rödhake 23
• Blue Tit Blåmes 1
• Great Tit Talgoxe 2
• Great Grey Shrike Varfågel 1
• Chaffinch Bofink 11
• Redpoll Gråsiska 2
Sightings of interest
• Mute Swan Knölsvan 2 Pair in suitable habitat
• Greylag Goose Grågås 4 Pair in suitable habitat
• Grey Heron Gråhäger 2 Foraging

Morkulla 1 Stationary

Common Crane
Trana 4 Flying overhead
• Red-breasted Merganser Småskrake 2 Stationary
• Goosander Storskrake 2 Stationary
• Ringed Plover Större strandpipare 4 Foraging
• Bullfinch Domherre 4 Foraging
• Ringed Plover Större strandpipare 5 Foraging
• Green Woodpecker Gröngöling 1 Call
• Great Spotted Woodpecker Större hackspett 2 Display/song

2nd April 2017

All nets opened at 0545, marking the start of ringing for 2017 on Landsort. All nets closed at 1300, with a total of 102 new birds of 16 species. A good start to any ringing season, with Pelle ringing most of the birds. Records of migrating birds observed by Raul, Niklas and Jon will appear under Artportlan recording database but of note were over 1000 migrating Eider.

A few adjustments to nets and poles through the morning and canopy net pole repaired in the afternoon. The Manx flag was ‘hoisted’ during the morning – a most important event!!!!

Pelle, Raul, Niklas and Jon left on the afternoon ferry to give just two at the Obs overnight – Chris & Kay.

Birds ringed

Blackbird Koltrast 7
Blue Tit Blåmes 1
Brambling Bergfink 1
Bullfinch Domherre 1
Chaffinch Bofink 8
Chiffchaff Gransångare 3
Common Redpoll Gråsiska 2
Dunnock Järnsparv 11
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 17
Great Tit Talgoxe 4
Greenfinch Grönfink 1
Reed Bunting Sävsparv 1
Robin Rödhake 34
Siskin Grönsiska 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 5
Wren Gärdsmyg 5

Sightings of note

Snipe Enkelbeckasin 1
Great Grey Shrike Varfågel 1

1st April 2017

Raul, Niklas and Jon off out this morning at first light to migration watch north. Very heavy fog but plenty of birds around, in particular thrushes. Goldcrest and Robin Approx, 800 Redwing, 200 Fieldfare, 1,100 Eider, 1 Snow Bunting and 29 Twite were the highlights. 3 Great Grey Shrike on the island and a singing Green Woodpecker in the far north.

Pelle, Chris & Kay up and out putting up the 30 nets at Bredmar. All nets up and repairs done to boardwalks in the reeds. Winter storms had moved the entire boardwalk at the end of the football pitch about 1m west, so quite a task to reposition it. All done and ready for tomorrow, with plenty of birds still on the island.

Six at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay, Pelle, Raul, Niklas and Jon.


Wind: Southwest
Wind strength:

Moderate wind, 4-7 m/s




10-20 km

Cloud cover:

Partly clouded, 3-5/8


Dry weather

Sightings of interest

Enkelbeckasin 2
Woodcock Morkulla 1
Fieldfare Björktrast 200

Landsort diary 31st March

Chris & Kay arrived on Landsort on the afternoon ferry to start the next ringing season, staying until mid-November. Also on the ferry were Pelle and Raul, with Niklas & Jon arriving on the evening boat.

The remains of the day were spent un-packing belongings, storing food etc and generally settling in, ready to put up the nets tomorrow morning.

Six at the Obs overnight: Chirs, Kay, Pelle, Raul, Niklas & Jon