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Landsort Birds Diary!

31st October 2018

2018 Oktober Posted on 31 Oct, 2018 14:35:27

Limited nets opened at 0630 due to very strong winds, which increased through the morning to gale force resulting in all nets being closed by 0930.

Just 14 new birds of 7 species finished off a poor October.

The rest of the morning and early afternoon was more productive, with more nest boxes in the woods cleaned and repaired. Most done now, with only 40 left to clean prior to the end of the season.

There will be three at the Obs overnight; Chris, Kay & Liam.

Wind: South
Strength: Very strong, increasing to gale, 12-20 m/s
Temperature: 7
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10 km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry, wth light rain after netting session finished.


Birds
ringed

Dsum Ssum Savg Savg
2018 2018 1988-15 2016-17
Wren Gärdsmyg 2 85 86.4 194.5
Robin Rödhake 2 417 649.8 1321
Blackbird Koltrast 2 96 56.6 105
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 4 914 1727.9 1602.5
Greenfinch Grönfink 2 126 105.5 182
Redpoll Gråsiska 1 240 352.5 922.5
Reed Bunting Sävsparv 1 36 58.6 18
14 5091 4775 8044


30th October 2018

2018 Oktober Posted on 30 Oct, 2018 15:53:29

Gale force winds and prolonged periods of heavy rain meant no ringing today and very few birds seen.

Time spent preparing month-end report and doing some of the end of season tasks. Might go for a swim on the football pitch just now!!!

There will be two at the OBs overnight; Chris & Kay.

Wind: East
Strength: Gale, 18-23 m/s
Temperature: 5
Visibility: Haze, 1-4km
Cloud cover: Overcast 8/8
Precipitation: Heavy Rain


29th October 2018

2018 Oktober Posted on 29 Oct, 2018 14:28:42

Only four nets used today, from 0700 until 1300 with just 15 new birds of 8 species.

Rasmus, Niklas, Lasse and Mattias, who was out for the day, spent the morning and the early part of the afternoon at SUDD but there was very little movement of birds past the island and only a few passerines among the bushes.

There will be two at the Obs overnight: Chris & Kay.

Wind: East
Strength: Very strong, 14-19 m/s
Temperature: 3
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

Dsum Ssum Savg Savg
2018 2018 1988-15 2016-17
Wren Gärdsmyg 3 83 85 187.5
Robin Rödhake 2 415 646.8 1319
Blackbird Koltrast 2 94 54.8 104
Long-tailed Tit Stjärtmes 1 192 45.8 137
Blue Tit Blåmes 2 155 214.2 243
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 1 113 72 108
Greenfinch Grönfink 1 124 101.3 178
Redpoll Gråsiska 3 239 330.2 816
15 5077 4719 7826


28th October 2018

2018 Oktober Posted on 28 Oct, 2018 15:25:27

Nets opened at 0630 in a moderate to strong wind from the north north-east which brought occasional light snow flurries. Nets closed at 1300 with 57 new birds of 16 species, plus our third Finnish controlled bird of the week – this one a 1cy female Sparrowhawk (Sparvhök).

Rasmus, Niklas, Jacob and Bosse spent the morning in the south with some good sightings including two Great Northern Diver (Svartnäbbad islom), a Bewick Swan (Mindre sångsvan) and nearly 100 Snow Bunting (Snösparv).

There will be five at the Obs overnight; Chris, Kay, Niklas, Rasmus and Lasse.

Wind: North to north-east
Strength: Moderate to strong, 7-12 m/s
Temperature: 4
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry with light snow flurries


Birds
ringed

2018 2018 1988-15 2016-17
Wren Gärdsmyg 5 80 84.6 187.5
Dunnock Järnsparv 2 27 30.2 59
Robin Rödhake 3 413 646.1 1319
Blackbird Koltrast 1 92 54.4 104
Fieldfare Björktrast 2 2 1.9 2.5
Blackcap Svarthätta 1 170 108.7 256
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 1 910 1723.1 1600.5
Long-tailed Tit Stjärtmes 24 191 42.9 131.5
Blue Tit Blåmes 6 153 213.3 242.5
Great Tit Talgoxe 3 140 127.3 196.5
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 1 112 71.9 108
Chaffinch Bofink 2 172 49.3 109
Brambling Bergfink 1 20 14.2 18.5
Greenfinch Grönfink 2 123 99.9 178
Siskin Grönsiska 1 36 99.3 586.5
Redpoll Gråsiska 2 236 321.1 668
57 5062 4700 7669


27th October 2018

2018 Oktober Posted on 28 Oct, 2018 07:12:00

Very strong to gale force winds, together with prolonged period of rain/sleet meant there was no ringing today.

Rasmus, Jacob, Bosse & Niklas all spent the morning at SUDD doing their best to migration watch, despite the weather.

Work progressing well on year-end paperwork and getting protocols etc in place ready for next season.

There will be 7 at the Obs overnight; Chris, Kay, Lena, Bosse, Jacob, Rasmus & Niklas.

Wind: North
Strength: Very strong to gale, 14-20 m/s
Temperature: 3
Visibility: Moderate
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Moderate rain/sleet


26th October 2018

2018 Oktober Posted on 26 Oct, 2018 16:00:24

Frost on the ground lingered through the morning in sheltered places. Nets opened at 0715 and closed at 1330 with 97 new birds of 13 species.

Among the new birds, we trapped a male 1cy Reed Bunting (Sävsparv) with a ring from the Finnish ringing scheme on it, with a Blue Tit (Blåmes) caught yesterday, also with a Finnish ring on.

Lena, Bosse and Niklas arrived on the mid-morning ferry, with Bosse and Niklas straight out to do some migration watching together with a potentially new member, Mattias. Quiet for birds but plenty of White-tailed Eagle (Havsörn) and one Golden Eagle (Kungsörn).

There will be 7 at the Obs overnight; Chris, Kay, Lena, Bosse, Niklas, Rasmus and Jacob.

Wind: North-east
Strength: Light, 1-3 m/s
Temperature: 4
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

2018 2018 1988-15 2016-17
Meadow Pipit Ängspiplärka 1 2 6.8 3
Wren Gärdsmyg 3 75 83.6 185.5
Dunnock Järnsparv 1 25 29.8 58
Robin Rödhake 3 410 642 1315.5
Blackbird Koltrast 5 91 51.6 101.5
Song Thrush Taltrast 1 95 66 79.5
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 2 909 1719.5 1598.5
Long-tailed Tit Stjärtmes 21 167 41.9 125
Blue Tit Blåmes 12 147 210 238
Great Tit Talgoxe 2 137 125.4 195
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 4 111 71.3 108
Siskin Grönsiska 1 35 98.8 570.5
Redpoll Gråsiska 41 234 302.9 625.5
97 5005 4655 7571


25th October 2018

2018 Oktober Posted on 25 Oct, 2018 16:11:46

Nets opened at 0715 with a light shower of rain for 30 minutes at 0900 before a brighter end to the morning, with the wind gradually increasing. Nets closed at 1430 with 118 new birds of 15 species.

There will be two at the Obs overnight; Chris & Kay.

Wind: North-west
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 10
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Mainly dry with a light shower for 30mins


Birds
ringed

2018 2018 1988-15 2016-17
Dsum Ssum Savg Savg
Wren Gärdsmyg 4 72 82.9 181
Robin Rödhake 3 407 638.3 1298
Blackbird Koltrast 16 86 50.9 93
Song Thrush Taltrast 1 94 65.9 79
Chiffchaff Gransångare 2 102 50.3 98.5
Long-tailed Tit Stjärtmes 41 146 41.1 109
Blue Tit Blåmes 20 135 207.2 222
Great Tit Talgoxe 2 135 124.1 185
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 4 107 70.3 106
Chaffinch Bofink 6 170 48.6 102.5
Brambling Bergfink 1 19 13.9 17.5
Greenfinch Grönfink 8 121 95.5 170
Goldfinch Steglits 3 10 0.9 10
Redpoll Gråsiska 5 193 298 482
Bullfinch Domherre 2 17 37.5 113.5
118 4908 4623 7247


24th October 2018

2018 Oktober Posted on 24 Oct, 2018 17:31:30

Very strong winds prevented any ringing today. Instead the morning was spent cleaning and repairing over 50 of the nest boxes in the woods. Another couple of days should see the task completed.

Lasse spent the morning in the south, but once more there was little to report.

There will be two at the OBs overnight; Chris & Kay.

Wind: North
Strength: Very strong, 14-19 m/s
Temperature: 8
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Clear, 0/8
Precipitation: Dry


23rd October 2018

2018 Oktober Posted on 23 Oct, 2018 15:17:02

Overnight rain cleared by mid-morning to allow for some nets opened from 0845 until 1330 when rain returned. Wind strong westerly veering north-west by the end of ringing.

Just 18 new birds of 8 species.

Lasse spent the morning in the south but saw very few birds and no sign of passage of wildfowl.

There will be three at the Obs overnight; Chris, Kay & Lasse.

Wind: West, veering north-west
Strength: Strong, 9-14 m/s
Temperature: 7
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Dry during netting but rain before and after.


Birds
ringed

2018 2018 1988-15 2016-17
Dsum Ssum Savg Savg
Waxwing Sidensvans 2 5 1.5 0
Wren Gärdsmyg 1 68 81 178
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 2 907 1685.8 1581.5
Blue Tit Blåmes 8 115 204.4 218.5
Great Tit Talgoxe 1 133 121.8 180
Chaffinch Bofink 1 164 47.9 94.5
Greenfinch Grönfink 2 113 87.4 167.5
Goldfinch Steglits 1 7 0.9 10
18 4790 4524 7156


22nd October 2018

2018 Oktober Posted on 22 Oct, 2018 14:38:31

Nets opened at 0730 in strong westerly wind that increased to very strong by the time netting finished at 1245.

Just 25 new birds of 12 species continues the pattern of a very frustrating autumn.

Lasse, Yonas and Einar spent time around the island in the morning and noted how few birds there are here at the moment.

There will be three at the Obs overnight; Chris, Kay & Lasse.

Wind: West
Strength: Strong to very strong, 10-15 m/s
Temperature: 10
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Clear, 0/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

2018 2018 1988-15 2016-17
Dsum Ssum Savg Savg
Wren Gärdsmyg 1 67 79.9 178
Blackbird Koltrast 1 70 47.2 85
Song Thrush Taltrast 1 93 65.4 78
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 2 905 1673.5 1581.5
Blue Tit Blåmes 6 107 198.2 218.5
Great Tit Talgoxe 2 132 119.1 180
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 1 103 66.3 106
Chaffinch Bofink 3 163 47.4 94
Brambling Bergfink 1 18 13 17
Greenfinch Grönfink 5 111 83.8 167
Redpoll Gråsiska 1 188 259.3 451
Bullfinch Domherre 1 15 33.9 108
25 4772 4474 7153


21st October 2018

2018 Oktober Posted on 21 Oct, 2018 14:24:33

Nets opened at 0715 with some closed as the wind increased through the morning, with netting finishing at 1230.

The return of strong south-west winds had an immediate impact on birds, with very few on the island and just 20 new birds caught of 9 species.

Måns, Yonas and Einar spent the morning in the south but saw little evidence of any passage.

There will be five at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay, Yonas, Einar and Lasse.

Wind: South-west
Strength: Strong, 7-12 m/s
Temperature: 9
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

2018 2018 1988-15 2016-17
Dsum Ssum Savg Savg
Robin Rödhake 1 404 622.4 1278
Blackbird Koltrast 2 69 46.4 83.5
Song Thrush Taltrast 1 92 65.2 77.5
Redwing Rödvingetrast 1 11 12 3
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 2 903 1665.9 1572
Blue Tit Blåmes 2 101 196.4 218.5
Great Tit Talgoxe 4 130 117.7 179.5
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 1 102 65.8 104.5
Redpoll Gråsiska 6 187 252.7 419
20 4747 4446 7097


20th October 2018

2018 Oktober Posted on 20 Oct, 2018 16:34:47

Nets opened at 0715 in overcast and calm conditions, with wind from the west but veering to east for a time. Cloud gradually cleared to give clear skies by the time the final nets were closed at 1500.

A total of 114 new birds of 22 species including the first Common Snipe (Enkelbeckasin) and Meadow Pipit (Ängspiplärka) of the year and a late Lesser Whitethroat (Ärtsångare).

Måns, Yonas and Einar headed south for migration watching but had very few birds moving over a flat sea. Better luck in the afternoon during a walk north when Måns reported two Crested Tit (Tofsmes) north of Saltmar.

A pleasure to have Fika with Magnus and Måns.

There will be five at the Obs overnight; Chris, Kay, Yonas, Einar and Måns.

Wind: West, veering East for a while, then west
again
Strength: Light, 1-3 m/s
Temperature: 10
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Overcast then gradually clearing, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

2018 2018 1988-15 2016-17
Dsum Ssum Savg Savg
Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 1 14 6.5 9
Snipe Enkelbeckasin 1 1 0.3 0
Meadow Pipit Ängpiplärka 1 1 6.7 3
Wren Gärdsmyg 1 66 76 171.5
Robin Rödhake 4 403 612.5 1249.5
Blackbird Koltrast 4 67 44.5 76
Song Thrush Taltrast 1 91 65 77
Redwing Rödvingetrast 1 10 11.6 2
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 1 488 89.3 314.5
Chiffchaff Gransångare 3 100 49.3 98
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 8 901 1650.5 1555.5
Long-tailed Tit Stjärtmes 24 105 35.1 107.5
Blue Tit Blåmes 5 99 194 218
Great Tit Talgoxe 9 126 115 177
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 6 101 63.7 103
Starling Stare 1 32 0.4 1
Chaffinch Bofink 12 160 46.5 89
Brambling Bergfink 3 17 1.6 16
Greenfinch Grönfink 8 106 78 160
Redpoll Gråsiska 12 181 239.4 401.5
Bullfinch Domherre 6 14 30.7 104
Reed Bunting Sävsparv 2 35 56.6 18
114 4727 4380 6997


19th October 2018

2018 Oktober Posted on 19 Oct, 2018 16:41:45

Nets opened at 0700 in light winds with 6 degrees and frost on the ground. Remained light winds from NW all morning, increasing in the last hour before ringing stopped at 1400.

A total of 173 new birds of 13 species.

There will be five at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay, Yonas, Einar and Måns.

Wind: North-west
Strength: Light, 1-3 m/s
Temperature: 6 increasing to 11 by midday
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Almost clear, 1-2/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

2018 2018 1988-15 2016-17
Dsum Ssum Savg Savg
Wren Gärdsmyg 6 65 73.3 162
Robin Rödhake 8 399 603.8 1153
Blackbird Koltrast 1 63 42.7 72.5
Song Thrush Taltrast 2 90 64.7 77
Chiffchaff Gransångare 1 97 48.6 96.5
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 41 893 1627.5 1479.5
Long-tailed Tit Stjärtmes 43 81 33.2 100.5
Blue Tit Blåmes 12 94 186 212.5
Great Tit Talgoxe 13 117 111 170.5
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 14 95 61.9 95.5
Chaffinch Bofink 6 148 45.9 84.5
Redpoll Gråsiska 24 169 220.4 351.5
Bullfinch Domherre 2 8 28.2 92
173 4613 4291 6691


18th October 2018

2018 Oktober Posted on 18 Oct, 2018 16:18:40

Nets opened at 0715 in overcast conditions with fog descending on and off through the morning. A period of light rain interrupted things for 45 minutes with further fog before clear skies at 1200 until netting finished at 1400.

A total of 60 new birds of 17 species.

There will be two at the Obs overnight; Chris & Kay.

Wind: West
Strength: Moderate, 4-6 m/s
Temperature: 11
Visibility: Haze, 1-4km
Cloud cover: Fog then clearing to clear skies, 8/8 to 0/8
Precipitation: Mainly dry with rain for 45 minutes around 0900


Birds
ringed

2018 2018 1988-15 2016-17
Dsum Ssum Savg Savg
Wren Gärdsmyg 1 59 71.5 158.5
Dunnock Järnsparv 1 24 27.8 56
Robin Rödhake 9 391 597.2 1150.5
Blackbird Koltrast 4 62 41.1 66.5
Song Thrush Taltrast 5 88 64.3 76.5
Blackcap Svarthätta 1 169 106.5 255
Chiffchaff Gransångare 1 96 48 95
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 5 852 1608.4 1468.5
Blue Tit Blåmes 3 82 178.5 208
Great Tit Talgoxe 7 104 106.3 163
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 4 81 61.1 88
Chaffinch Bofink 1 142 45 82
Brambling Bergfink 1 14 10.8 10.5
Greenfinch Grönfink 4 98 68.1 151
Goldfinch Steglits 1 6 0.6 9.5
Redpoll Gråsiska 10 145 213.4 263
Reed Bunting Sävsparv 2 33 54.8 17.5
60 4440 4225 6532


17th October 2018

2018 Oktober Posted on 17 Oct, 2018 15:29:04

Overnight mist cleared just as the nets were opened at 0700 and did not come back down again until about 1200, with nets closed at 1345.

A total of 139 new birds of 18 species was OK but not as good as we had hoped given the weather conditions.

Mikael headed south but had to give up as the mist came back down.

There will be two at the Obs overnight: Chris & Kay.

Wind: South-west
Strength: Moderate, 4-6 m/s
Temperature: 11
Visibility: Haze, 1-4km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

2018 2018 1988-15 2016-17
Dsum Ssum Savg Savg
Wren Gärdsmyg 3 58 68.5 155
Dunnock Järnsparv 1 23 27.4 55.5
Robin Rödhake 38 382 582 1147
Blackbird Koltrast 10 58 38.4 66
Song Thrush Taltrast 10 83 63.7 76
Redwing Rödvingetrast 3 9 10.1 1.5
Chiffchaff Gransångare 2 95 47.3 94
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 26 847 1580.7 1455
Blue Tit Blåmes 4 79 172.2 203.5
Great Tit Talgoxe 4 97 101.6 151.5
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 2 77 58.8 80.5
Chaffinch Bofink 2 141 44.6 81
Greenfinch Grönfink 4 13 63.8 149
Siskin Grönsiska 3 34 86.8 476.5
Redpoll Gråsiska 23 135 199.7 248
Bullfinch Domherre 1 6 22 77.5
Reed Bunting Sävsparv 3 31 53.3 17
139 4380 4130 6431


16th October 2018

2018 Oktober Posted on 16 Oct, 2018 16:41:02

Nets opened at 0700 in almost calm conditions with the light wind from north-west gradually increasing and veering to East by the time netting stopped at 1345.

A total of 160 new birds of 16 species was a bit more encouraging for this time of year.

Mikael headed to the north for the morning.

There will be three at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay & Mikael.

Wind: North-west veering to East
Strength: Light, 2-3 m/s increasing to 6-8 m/s
Temperature: 11
Visibility: Very good, >20km
Cloud cover: Clear, 0/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

2018 2018 1988-15 2016-17
Dsum Ssum Savg Savg
Wren Gärdsmyg 5 55 65.8 146
Robin Rödhake 11 344 569.1 1137
Blackbird Koltrast 2 48 36.5 64
Song Thrush Taltrast 1 73 63.3 75.5
Blackcap Svarthätta 1 168 105.9 254
Chiffchaff Gransångare 4 93 46.4 92
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 31 821 1551.8 1439.5
Long-tailed Tit Stjärtmes 9 38 26.8 71.5
Great Tit Talgoxe 3 93 96.5 147.5
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 3 75 56 71
Chaffinch Bofink 8 139 43.7 77
Brambling Bergfink 1 13 10.3 9.5
Greenfinch Grönfink 1 90 61.8 145.5
Redpoll Gråsiska 77 112 194.6 189
Bullfinch Domherre 3 5 20.4 58
160 4241 4052 6230


15th October 2018

2018 Oktober Posted on 15 Oct, 2018 18:39:54

Nets opened at 0700 and closed at 1230 with 71 new birds of 10 species.

A big thanks to Liam for running the nets from 0915 until the end of the session whilst Chris & Kay headed off the island to Stockholm

There will be three at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay & Mikael.

Wind: South
Strength: Strong, 8-12 m/s
Temperature: 10
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10 km
Cloud cover: Clear, 0/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

2018 2018 1988-15 2016-17
Dsum Ssum Savg Savg
Wren Gärdsmyg 4 50 63.1 139.5
Song Thrush Taltrast 1 72 61.5 74
Redwing Rödvingetrast 1 6 8.9 1.5
Chiffchaff Gransångare 1 89 45.4 91.5
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 55 790 1504.9 1432.5
Blue Tit Blåmes 1 75 163.3 195
Great Tit Talgoxe 5 90 92.8 145
Chaffinch Bofink 1 131 42.8 76
Brambling Bergfink 1 12 10.1 8
Greenfinch Grönfink 1 89 58.9 145
71 4081 3957 6149


14th October 2018

2018 Oktober Posted on 14 Oct, 2018 15:06:12

Nets opened at 0700 and closed at 1215 with only 59 new birds of 11 species continuing the poor autumn season.

Good to spend time with Ebba and help her gain more experience ringing. Also a big thanks to Liam for hosting a very good two days for the youngsters who came yesterday and today. Very good of him to give his time so willingly to help the aims of the Observatory. Hopefully our young new members will stay many times into the future.

There will be three at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay & Liam.

Wind: South
Strength: Strong, 9-12 m/s
Temperature: 11
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10 km
Cloud cover: Clear, 0/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

2018 2018 1988-15 2016-17
Dsum Ssum Savg Savg
Wren Gärdsmyg 3 46 59.5 136
Robin Rödhake 3 333 541 1112.5
Blackbird Koltrast 1 46 32.6 59.5
Chiffchaff Gransångare 1 88 44.8 89
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 39 735 1449.2 1416.5
Great Tit Talgoxe 2 85 87.8 143.5
Chaffinch Bofink 5 130 41.8 75.5
Brambling Bergfink 1 11 9.3 8
Greenfinch Grönfink 1 88 54.9 138
Siskin Grönsiska 1 31 79.9 422.5
Redpoll Gråsiska 2 35 183.5 115
59 4010 3837 6016


13th October 2018

2018 Oktober Posted on 13 Oct, 2018 15:28:13

Nets opened at 0645 and closed at 1300 with a moderate southerly wind increasing through the morning to strong by the time netting finished. Just 84 new birds of 15 species including a Red-breasted Flycatcher (Mindre flugsnappare).

Liam headed off at 1015 to join two families who were taking part in the youth day – all seem to be enjoying themselves, with a visit to the station to see birds being ringed, followed by some migration watching at SUDD and a walk up the island.

Janne and Lillian spent the morning at SUDD before leaving today.

There will be eight at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay, Liam, Ebba, Mattias, Didrik, Holger & Lovis.

Wind: South
Strength: Strong, 7-12 m/s
Temperature: 11
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

2018 2018 1988-15 2016-17
Dsum Ssum Savg Savg
Wren Gärdsmyg 1 43 55 129.5
Dunnock Järnsparv 1 22 25.6 52.5
Robin Rödhake 8 330 520.9 1084
Blackbird Koltrast 6 45 31.8 55.5
Song Thrush Taltrast 5 71 59.1 70.5
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 36 696 1379.1 1386
Red-breasted Flycatcher Mindre flugsnappare 1 5 3.4 6
Long-tailed Tit Stjärtmes 12 29 22.6 65.5
Blue Tit Blåmes 3 74 151.9 186
Great Tit Talgoxe 1 83 83.4 138
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 1 72 47.1 53.5
Chaffinch Bofink 5 125 41 74.5
Brambling Bergfink 2 10 9 7
Greenfinch Grönfink 1 87 53.5 134.5
Siskin Grönsiska 1 30 76.7 360.5
84 3951 3704 5783


12th October 2018

2018 Oktober Posted on 12 Oct, 2018 16:27:30

Nets opened at 0645 and closed at 1345 with 130 new birds of 16 species.

There will be 7 at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay, Liam, Janne, Ebba, Mattias and a friend of Jannes.

Wind: South-east backing Southerly
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 10
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Clear, 0/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

2018 2018 1988-15 2016-17
Dsum Ssum Savg Savg
Wren Gärdsmyg 1 42 52 117.5
Dunnock Järnsparv 3 21 24.7 52
Robin Rödhake 14 322 506.4 1075.5
Blackbird Koltrast 4 39 30.5 55
Song Thrush Taltrast 4 66 58.3 70.5
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 78 660 1332.6 1359.5
Coal Tit Svartmes 1 3 34 8
Blue Tit Blåmes 2 71 145.1 181
Great Tit Talgoxe 4 82 79.4 130.5
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 2 71 44.9 44
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 1 114 10.4 97
Chaffinch Bofink 1 120 39.3 72
Greenfinch Grönfink 4 86 50.1 128.5
Siskin Grönsiska 2 29 72.8 258
Redpoll Gråsiska 8 33 162.3 52
Reed Bunting Sävsparv 1 28 45.8 11.5
130 3867 3589 5568


10th October 2018

2018 Oktober Posted on 10 Oct, 2018 15:31:00

Nets opened at 0700 in a very strong wind though this dropped quickly to allow for all nets being opened by 0800 with netting continuing until 1315. Good netting conditions for the majority of the morning but very few birds on the island, so (another) poor day total of only 40 new birds of 12 species. Among these were the first three Waxwing (Sidensvans) of the year, part of a flock of about 40 which arrived late morning.

There will be two at the Obs overnight; Chris & Kay.

Wind: West to South-west
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s after starting at >12 m/s
Temperature: 11
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

2018 2018 1988-15 2016-17
Dsum Ssum Savg Savg
Waxwing Sidensvans 3 3 0.3 0
Robin Rödhake 3 296 476.8 1048.5
Song Thrush Taltrast 4 61 55.6 69.5
Blackcap Svarthätta 1 167 102.6 252
Chiffchaff Gransångare 1 74 40.8 81
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 2 509 1247.8 1322
Blue Tit Blåmes 9 67 119.4 165.5
Great Tit Talgoxe 8 73 65.4 118
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 1 66 40.5 34.5
Chaffinch Bofink 3 119 36.9 69.5
Greenfinch Grönfink 2 75 42.3 126
Siskin Grönsiska 3 27 68.4 242.5
40 3606 3341 5372


9th October 2018

2018 Oktober Posted on 09 Oct, 2018 13:07:57

Nets opened at 0645 and closed at 1215, with the strong SW winds, which increased to very strong through the morning, limiting the number of nets in use.

A stunning total of 8 new birds of 5 species!!!!!!

Starting to check, empty and repair nest boxes this afternoon.

There will be two at the Obs overnight; Chris & Kay.

Wind: South-west
Strength: Strong increasing to very strong, 11-16 m/s
Temperature: 9
Visibility: Goos, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

2018 2018 1988-15 2016-17
Dsum Ssum Savg Savg
Dunnock Järnsparv 1 18 21.9 50
Robin Rödhake 1 293 454.9 1040.5
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 4 507 1204.5 1298.5
Great Tit Talgoxe 1 65 60.9 107.5
Siskin Grönsiska 1 24 64.3 235.5
8 3566 3205 5266


8th October 2018

2018 Oktober Posted on 08 Oct, 2018 10:03:57

Strong winds restricted the number of nets opened at 0630, with netting finishing at 0915 when rain that was forecast for 1100 arrived early.

A total of only 13 new birds of 8 species for the day.

Bird bags washed.

There will be two at the Obs overnight: Chris & Kay.

Wind: South-west
Strength: Strong, 10-13 m/s
Temperature: 9
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10 km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Dry until rain arrived at 0900


Birds
ringed

2018 2018 1988-15 2016-17
Dsum Ssum Savg Savg
Wren Gärdsmyg 1 38 41.2 96.5
Robin Rödhake 2 292 433.6 1038
Blackbird Koltrast 1 34 25 49.5
Chiffchaff Gransångare 1 73 36.4 79
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 4 503 1146.1 1293.5
Blue Tit Blåmes 2 58 104.2 154
Chaffinch Bofink 1 116 33.6 67
Reed Bunting Sävsparv 1 24 35.6 10
13 3558 3071 5249


7th October 2018

2018 Oktober Posted on 07 Oct, 2018 17:26:54

Overnight rain did not stop until 0900 when all nets were opened until 1415 with 98 new birds of 14 species. Among these was a Jack Snipe (Dvärgbeckasin) the first caught since 2014 and only the 18th trapped in 31 years.

The participants in the photography course arrived at 1100, together with a potential new member of nine years old, in time to see a good range of species being ringed, including the Jack Snipe and the Long-tailed Tits (Stjärtmes). Glad the sunshine arrived in time for the group to enjoy the island at its best – a successful course!!!

Håkan arrived for the morning to drop out the binoculars for next weekend, which have kindly been loaned to the Observatory by Gunnar Olssons poto. https://www.gofoto.se/

Håkan also saw the Jack Snipe – some lucky people out here this weekend!!!

There will be two at the Obs overnight; Chris & Kay.

Wind: North to north-west
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 9
Visibility: Good, 10-20km after rain cleared
Cloud cover: Almost clear after rain 1-2/8
Precipitation: Dry after overnight rain


Birds
ringed

2018 2018 1988-15 2016-17
Dsum Ssum Savg Savg
Jack Snipe Dvärgbeckasin 1 1 0.4 0
Wren Gärdsmyg 4 37 38.5 96.5
Dunnock Järnsparv 3 17 20.4 49.5
Robin Rödhake 6 290 414.3 1038
Chiffchaff Gransångare 9 72 34.9 79
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 1 706 327.4 524.5
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 31 499 1079.6 1293.5
Long-tailed Tit Stjärtmes 6 15 8.3 21
Great Tit Talgoxe 2 64 53.4 106.5
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 9 65 33.8 32
Chaffinch Bofink 9 115 31.4 67
Greenfinch Grönfink 6 73 36.4 126
Redpoll Gråsiska 9 24 80.2 26.5
Bullfinch Domherre 2 2 1.9 7.5
98 3545 2934 5249


6th October 2018

2018 Oktober Posted on 06 Oct, 2018 14:20:46

The overnight rain that was forecast to clear before dawn only stopped at 0915 so netting restricted from 0915 until 1315 with 35 new birds of 13 species caught. A late Garden Warbler (Trädgårdssångare) was the only bird of note.

The photography course is running this weekend and there is good signs of participants out and about on the island looking for good bird ‘models’ as well as landscape shots. Looking forward to seeing them all up at the Obs tomorrow.

There will be two at the Obs overnight; Chris & Kay.

Wind: West
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 10
Visibility: Good, 10-20km after rain cleared
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry after overnight rain stopped at 0915


Birds
ringed

2018 2018 1988-15 2016-17
Dsum Ssum Savg Savg
Wren Gärdsmyg 3 33 36.3 90
Dunnock Järnsparv 1 14 19.8 48.5
Robin Rödhake 1 284 393.9 1024.5
Song Thrush Taltrast 2 57 45.5 63
Garden Warbler Trädgårdssångare 1 85 43.4 61.5
Blackcap Svarthätta 2 166 98.7 248.5
Chiffchaff Gransångare 1 63 33.7 78
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 5 468 1008.3 1252
Blue Tit Blåmes 2 56 92.5 149.5
Great Tit Talgoxe 3 62 50.1 99
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 2 56 32 25.5
Chaffinch Bofink 8 106 30.3 65.5
Greenfinch Grönfink 4 67 35.2 125.5
35 3447 2803 5138


5th October 2018

2018 Oktober Posted on 05 Oct, 2018 13:17:37

Nets opened at 0630 and closed at 1230, though only a few nets used due to very strong winds. Only 3 birds of 3 species.

There will be two at the Obs tonight; Chris & Kay.

Wind: South-west
Strength: Very strong, 14-19 m/s
Temperature: 6
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry

Birds
ringed
2018 2018 1988-15 2016-17
Dsum Ssum Savg Savg
Robin Rödhake 1 283 378.9 1014
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 1 463 948.5 1220
Blue Tit Blåmes 1 54 88.6 146.5
3 3412 2676 5051


4th October 2018

2018 Oktober Posted on 04 Oct, 2018 15:47:13

Nets opened at 0615 and closed at 1230 with 110 new birds of 18 species.

Mikael headed to the north for the morning, seeing a nice range of species, but in low numbers.

There will be two at the Obs overnight: Chris & Kay.

Wind: West, backing South-west
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s, decreasing
Temperature: 5
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

2018 2018 1988-15 2016-17
Dsum Ssum Savg Savg
Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 1 13 4.5 8.5
Wren Gärdsmyg 3 30 31.2 79
Dunnock Järnsparv 3 13 18.8 46.5
Robin Rödhake 8 282 370.4 986.5
Blackbird Koltrast 2 33 21.1 47.5
Song Thrush Taltrast 3 55 40.6 49.5
Redwing Rödvingetrast 2 5 2.1 0.5
Blackcap Svarthätta 1 164 96.8 240
Chiffchaff Gransångare 1 62 30 69
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 32 462 891.8 1162.5
Blue Tit Blåmes 5 53 83.5 143
Great Tit Talgoxe 2 59 45.5 92.5
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 14 54 28.4 22
Chaffinch Bofink 17 98 28 65
Greenfinch Grönfink 6 63 31 123.5
Siskin Grönsiska 4 23 42.2 222
Redpoll Gråsiska 1 15 46.1 20
Reed Bunting Sävsparv 5 23 24.7 6
110 3409 2571 4914


3rd October 2018

2018 Oktober Posted on 03 Oct, 2018 14:23:21

Overnight rain cleared at 0630, when nets were opened until 1200, with continuing strong, occasionally very strong, NW winds limiting the number of nets in use.

A total of 63 new birds of 12 species including a Barred Warbler (Höksångare), the latest ever trapped at the Observatory by three days. Also caught the first nine Long-tailed Tit (Stjärtmes) of the autumn.

Mikael headed north and had some good migration watching.

Liam leaves today, a big thanks to him for being here to help with the ringing.

There will be three at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay & Mikael.

Wind: West
Strength: Strong, occasionally very strong, 11-15 m/s
Temperature: 9
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry after overnight rain


Birds
ringed

2018 2018 1988-15 2016-17
Dsum Ssum Savg Savg
Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 1 12 4.4 8.5
Dunnock Järnsparv 1 10 18.4 46
Robin Rödhake 19 274 363.5 968
Blackbird Koltrast 1 31 20.8 46.5
Song Thrush Taltrast 6 52 39.1 47
Barred Warbler Höksångare 1 4 1.5 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 3 163 95.9 238.5
Chiffchaff Gransångare 3 61 28.6 65
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 16 430 845.7 1137
Long-tailed Tit Stjärtmes 9 9 3.4 2.5
Chaffinch Bofink 2 81 26.8 65
Reed Bunting Sävsparv 1 18 22.2 5.5
63 3299 2497 4821


2nd October 2018

2018 Oktober Posted on 02 Oct, 2018 16:04:56

All nets opened at 0615 and closed at 1300 with 195 new birds of 18 species. Overnight light rain cleared at 0600 and mist arrived at 0900, remaining for most of the rest of the ringing session.

Niklas & Mikael headed to north at first light, while Håkan headed to SUDD but went north once the mist descended.

There will be four at the Obs overnight; Chris, Kay, Liam and Mikael.

Wind: North-west backing to south-west
Strength: Light, 1-3 m/s, increasing slightly later
Temperature: 9
Visibility: Fog, <1km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Dry after overnight rain


Birds
ringed

2018 2018 1988-15 2016-17
Dsum Ssum Savg Savg
Wren Gärdsmyg 5 27 25.9 71.5
Dunnock Järnsparv 1 9 17.7 44.5
Robin Rödhake 27 255 352.5 940.5
Song Thrush Taltrast 4 46 36.8 45
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 1 486 88.6 314.5
Blackcap Svarthätta 4 160 94.8 236
Chiffchaff Gransångare 22 58 27.3 63.5
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 79 414 798.3 1081
Red-breasted Flycatcher Mindre flugsnappare 1 4 3.1 6
Blue Tit Blåmes 8 48 76.1 128.5
Great Tit Talgoxe 4 57 42 81.5
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 9 40 24.5 17.5
Chaffinch Bofink 7 79 25.7 63
Brambling Bergfink 1 8 2.9 2
Siskin Grönsiska 11 19 38.3 204.5
Redpoll Gråsiska 5 14 41.8 13
Reed Bunting Sävsparv 6 17 20.3 5
195 3236 2407 4699


1st October 2018

2018 Oktober Posted on 01 Oct, 2018 16:15:10

At last, all nets opened with netting taking place from 0615 until 1215. Sadly, nobody remembered to tell the birds – so just 35 new birds of 13 species. This is the 1st of October NOT the first of July???

Nilkas & Rasmus spent the morning in the north, but returned equally disappointed with their results!

Thanks to Tore for calling up to put the new router in, keeping us up to date and operational. Great also to have spent time with Rasmus: good company and a credit to the Observatory.

There will be six at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay, Liam, Niklas, Mikael and Håkan.

Wind: South-west
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 8
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

2018 2018 1988-15 2016-17
Dsum Ssum Savg Savg
Wren Gärdsmyg 2 22 23.9 65
Dunnock Järnsparv 1 8 16.9 43.5
Robin Rödhake 8 228 334.5 906.5
Redstart Rödstjärt 1 32 30.5 47.5
Song Thrush Taltrast 1 42 33.7 44
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 1 705 325.6 521.5
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 4 335 749.1 1013.5
Blue Tit Blåmes 3 40 70.9 124
Great Tit Talgoxe 2 53 40.2 74
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 2 31 22.6 16.5
Chaffinch Bofink 8 72 24.5 60
Brambling Bergfink 1 7 2.6 2
Siskin Grönsiska 1 8 30.3 193
35 3041 2301 4538