All 24 nets opened at 0600 and kept open until 1100. Cold early on and remaining below 0 in the shade, but a good amount of sunshine encouraged the two viper seen yesterday to bask again in front of the Obs.
Just 8 new birds for the day, including 6 Blackbird (Koltrast) and the first Wren (Gärdsmyg) of the season.
Early afternoon was spent clearing away old nails that were dropped in the grass and on the road when the roof was replaced in the winter. Worthwhile – nearly 2 buckets of nails and old roof material removed. Also found the thermostat for the outside temperature gauge that was lost last year when the windows were replaced. Repaired and now working again. Fixed the roof on the small shed north of the Obs – no more banging during windy nights. At least that is the plan!!!
Tore used the drone this afternoon to go out to Bredgrund lighthouse off the south of the island, where several hundred Long-tailed Duck were gathered on the water. Later, time permitting, we will take a screen grab and see if we can get a more accurate count.
There will be two at the Obs overnight: Chris & Kay.
|Strength:||Light, 1-3 m/s|
|Visibility:||Very good, >20km|
|Cloud cover:||Almost clear, 1-2/8|
|Pink-footed Goose||Spetsbergsgås||8||Migrating north|
|Canada Goose||Kanadagås||7||Migrating north|
|Common Eider||Ejder||183||Flying over Obs|
|Common Eider||Ejder||400||At sea by Bredgrund|
|Long-tailed Duck||Alfågel||760||At sea by Bredgrund|
|White-tailed Eagle||Havsörn||1||Flying overhead|
|Stock Dove||Skogsduva||1||Over the Obs|
|Common Wood Pigeon||Ringduva||151||Mostly flying south over the Obs|
|European Green Woodpecker||Gröngöling||1||Heard|
|Common Raven||Korp||3||Over obs – 2 as a pair|