14th April 2017

All nets opened at 0445 and closed at 1100. The morning started with light wind from the NE but as the morning progressed the wind increased. At around 0930 the first few flurries of snow were felt, with snow on and off for the rest of the session, but no volume and a dry snow.

Even fewer birds on the island now, with just 13 new birds of 8 species, but included 2 Sädesärla (White Wagtail) and another Vinterhämpling (Twite), the fourth spring bird ever caught, after the 3rd yesterday. Luckily for Kay & Chris, Pelle did the ringing so we can blame him for the poor captures instead of it being down to us over the last few days!!!!

During the quiet times of this morning Kay made a couple of new boardwalks to cover wet areas near the canopy net. Will measure boardwalks at SUDD this afternoon, ready to order new timber so that the site is ready for use by end of month.

Expected to be seven at the Obs tonight: Chris, Kay, Pelle, Bosse, Lena, Niklas, Jon and Bjorn – so that will be almost as many people as there are birds!! Jon was a ‘no show’; the meteorologist must have trusted the weather forecast!!!!

Snow still falling and a light covering on the ground, making it look more like Christmas than Easter!!

Wind: North-east
Wind strength: Strong, 8-13m/s
Temperature: 1
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10km
Cloud Cover: Overcast 8/8
Precipitation: Snow flurries


White Wagtail Sädesärla 2
Wren Gärdsmyg 2
Robin Rödhake 3
Blackbird Koltrast 2
Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Chiffchaff Gransångare 1
Twite Vinterhämpling 1
Redpoll Gråsiska 1

of note
Eurasian Wigeon Bläsand 1 In the north
Black Redstart Svart rödstjärt 1 Kummelhålet
European Serin Gulhämpling 1 The village