Up at 0445 but a temperature of minus 4 degrees delayed opening for bird welfare reasons. All but the reed nets opened at 0530 with the reed nets opened at 0630. All nets closed at 1100. Same old story – very few birds in the area with just 13 new of 8 species to give just 400 for the first half of April. This is below average captures for the period, measured over the years 1988-2016 but is consistent with experiences at other observatories in southern Sweden and as far south as the UK.
Two more boardwalks made by Kay for the area leading to the canopy and some timber added to the Lab to reduce wind blowing into it.
Three flocks of Storsporv (Curlew) totalling 56 birds flew east over the Observatory early in the morning.
Will be six at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay, Pelle, Bosse, Lena, Niklas & Bjorn.
|Wind strength:||Moderate, 4-7m/s|
|Cloud Cover:||Almost clear, 1-2/8|
|Hen Harrier||Blå kärrhök||1||Adult male|