19th May 2017

All nets opened at 0345 and closed at 1100. Much quieter day than yesterday, with just 36 new birds of 11 species. First (un-ringed!!) Pilfink (Tree Sparrow) of the year caught.

Janne and Håkan headed off north for migration watch. Update on sightings of interest later.

Between nets rounds Chris & Kay put 7 Tornseglare (Swift) boxes up on the north-facing wall of the Obs. Three more to go up once the rest of the outside of the building is renovated.

Afternoon will be spent starting to check Stare (Starling) nest boxes.

Update.14 Stare boxes checked, with chicks found in just four of them. Most were too small to ring, confirming that they are nesting later this year than in 2016. Six chicks in one brood were ringed, to give 42 new birds of 12 species for the day.

As far as we know there will be 5 at the Obs tonight; Chris, Kay, Janne, Håkan and Bosse.


Wind strength: Moderate, 4-7m/s
Temperature: 9
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10km
Cloud Cover: Almost clear, 1-2/8
Precipitation: Dry

Robin Rödhake 4
Bluethroat Blåhake 1
Sedge Warbler Sävsångare 2
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 4
Whitethroat Törnsångare 4
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 1
Chiffchaff Gransångare 1
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 14
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 1
Chaffinch Bofink 2
Linnet Hämpling 2

of interest
Western Marsh Harrier Brun kärrhök 1 Female – flying overhead