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Landsort Birds Diary!

23rd September 2019

2019 September Posted on 23 Sep, 2019 21:42:34

A calm and sunny day. Nets were kept open until around 16:00 today due to continuing movement after the standard ringing period. 287 birds were ringed, the highest catch so far of the year, this included 169 Goldcrest (Kungsfågel) and the second Jay (Nötskrika) of the season – only the 4th ever ringed on Landsort. 8 Jay (Nötskrika) were seen around the observatory late morning.

Wind: Southerly to southeasterly
Strength 4-10 m/s
Temperature: 8-16
Visibility: Good
Cloud cover: 0-8/8
Precipitation: None

Ringing day totals:

Sparrowhawk / Sparvhök: 1

Wren / Gärdsmyg: 2

Robin / Rödhake: 58

Song Thrush / Taltrast: 3

Blackcap / Svarthätta: 3

Chiffchaff / Gransångare: 3

Willow Warbler / Lövsångare: 1

Goldcrest / Kungsfågel: 169

Blue Tit / Blåmes: 1

Great Tit / Talgoxe: 1

Treecreeper / Trädkrypare: 5

Jay / Nötskrika: 1

Chaffinch / Bofink: 11

Siskin / Grönsiska: 28

Total: 287



22nd September 2019

2019 September Posted on 22 Sep, 2019 18:14:04

A clear and still night becoming increasingly breezy and overcast during the morning. Observation time for vismig was minimal but small flocks of sädesärla/white wagtail were going south over the Fågelstation, 3 trädpiplärka/tree pipit and 12 ängspiplärka/meadow pipit were also going south.

Wind: West to northwest overnight then northeast from mid morning
Strength 3-8.5m/s
Temperature: 9-11.5°C
Visibility: Very good but a little misty around midday
Cloud cover: 0/8 until 8am then 8/8, brightening up late afternoon
Precipitation: None.

138 birds ringed: Sädesärla/white wagtail 1, gärdsmyg/wren 1, rödhake/robin 53, blåhake/bluethroat 1, svarthätta/blackcap 2, gransångare/chiffchaff 1, lövsångare/willow warbler 1, kungsfågel/goldcrest 72, blåmes/blue tit 1, talgoxe/great tit 1, bofink/chaffinch 1, grönsiska/siskin 2, sävsparv/reed bunting 1.



21st September 2019

2019 September Posted on 21 Sep, 2019 20:21:48

A clear and warm day. A quieter day for grounded birds but there was an increase of bofink/chaffinch, Blåmes/blue tit and talgoxe/great tit feeding around the Fågelstation. Also at the Fågelstation a tree pipit with two more individuals at Saltmar.

Vismig noted during the morning, going south 20 sparvhök/sparrowhawk, 7 tornfalk/kestrel and 5 fjällvråk/rough-legged buzzard that initially went south and then returned north.

Wind: West to northwest
Strength 3-8.5m/s
Temperature: 10-16.5°C
Visibility: Good
Cloud cover: 0/8
Precipitation: None.

30 birds ringed: Gärdsmyg/wren 2, rödhake/robin 7, taltrast/song thrush 2, svarthätta/blackcap 4, gransångare/chiffchaff 3, kungsfågel/goldcrest 1, blåmes/blue tit 2, talgoxe/great tit 2, bofink/chaffinch 6, bergfink/brambling 1



20th September 2019

2019 September Posted on 20 Sep, 2019 19:23:28

A chill in the air this morning following a clear night, even a little frost in the more sheltered areas, then clouding over by daybreak.

Four nötskrika/jay were quite vocal in the trees around the Fågelstation for a couple of hours during the morning, which are the first seen here this year, although the stare/starlings had almost convinced us nötskrika/jay were present during the spring. Vismig was quieter, two sparvhök/sparrowhawk went south early morning, 24 ängspiplärka/meadow pipit and 18 bofink/chaffinch also went south over the course of the morning.

Wind: Northwest during the morning, southwest by the afternoon
Strength 3-8m/s
Temperature: 7-10°C
Visibility: Good
Cloud cover: 8/8
Precipitation: None.

85 birds ringed: Sparvhök/sparrowhawk 1, gärdsmyg/wren 2, järnsparv/dunnock 1, rödhake/robin 15, taltrast/song thrush 10, ärtsångare/lesser whitethroat 2, svarthätta/blackcap 5, gransångare/chiffchaff 4, lovsångare/willow warbler 5, kungsfågel/goldcrest 32, svartmes/coal tit 1, blåmes/blue tit 1, talgoxe/great tit 1, nötskrika/jay 1, bofink/chaffinch 4.



19th September 2019

2019 September Posted on 19 Sep, 2019 21:22:53

A cool, clear and breezy morning. New sightings for the autumn were two blå kärrhök/hen harrier going south on the west coast mid morning. Late morning a fjällvråk/rough-legged buzzard went north over the Fågelstation. During migration watch at the north of the island a varfågel/great grey shrike and flock of 6 rödvingetrast/redwing were also the first for the autumn on Landsort. During the afternoon a stenfalk/merlin went north along the east coast.

Also seen during the morning, a hummingbird hawkmoth was feeding from the late flowers on the honeysuckle at the Fågelstation.

Wind: Northwest
Strength 7-13,5m/s
Temperature: 7-11°C
Visibility: Good
Cloud cover: 2/8
Precipitation: None.

68 birds ringed: Gärdsmyg/wren 9, rödhake/robin 9, taltrast/song thrush 21, ärtsångare/lesser whitethroat 1, trädgårdssångare/garden warbler 2, svarthätta/blackcap 2, gransångare/chiffchaff 2, lövsångare/willow warbler 1, kungsfågel/goldcrest 17, blåmes/blue tit 1, trädkrypare/treecreeper 2, bofink/chaffinch 1.



18th September 2019

2019 September Posted on 18 Sep, 2019 20:20:58

A cold northwesterly wind dominated today. 72 birds were ringed including the first real surge of Song Thrush (Taltrast) of the autumn. A ringtail harrier (kärrhök) sp was seen briefly late morning from the ringing lab, flying north up the island.

Wind: Northwesterly
Strength 5-14 m/s
Temperature: 7-11
Visibility: Good
Cloud cover: 0-3/8
Precipitation: None

Ringing day totals:

Wren / Gärdsmyg: 3

Robin / Rödhake: 10

Song Thrush / Taltrast: 26

Blackcap / Svarthätta: 2

Chiffchaff / Gransångare: 4

Goldcrest / Kungsfågel: 27

Total: 72



17th September 2019

2019 September Posted on 17 Sep, 2019 20:17:45

A day of fine though chilly weather. 143 birds were ringed including the first 4 Meadow Pipits (Ängspiplärka) of the year and the first 4 Wrens (Gärdsmyg) of the autumn. Interestingly, a Honey Buzzard (Bivråk) came out of roost by the football pitch this morning and then drifted south.

Wind: Northerly to northwesterly
Strength 0-10 m/s
Temperature: 8-13
Visibility: Good
Cloud cover: 0-3/8
Precipitation: None

Ringing day totals:

Meadow Pipit / Ängspiplärka: 4

Wren / Gärdsmyg: 4

Dunnock / Järnsparv: 1

Robin / Rödhake: 67

Redstart / Rödstjärt: 1

Song Thrush / Taltrast: 7

Lesser Whitethroat / Ärtsångare: 8

Garden Warbler / Trädgårdssångare: 2

Blackcap / Svarthätta: 18

Willow Warbler / Lövsångare: 5

Goldcrest / Kungsfågel: 15

Blue Tit / Blåmes: 2

Great Tit / Talgoxe: 2

Treecreeper / Trädkrypare: 1

Chaffinch / Bofink: 4

Yellowhammer / Gulsparv: 1

Reed Bunting / Sävsparv: 1

Total: 143



16th September 2019

2019 September Posted on 16 Sep, 2019 19:20:48

Another windy day with no nets opened.

Wind: Westerly to northwesterly
Strength 10-17 m/s
Temperature: 10-13
Visibility: Good
Cloud cover: 3-7/8
Precipitation: None



15th September 2019

2019 September Posted on 15 Sep, 2019 20:01:14

A westerly gale continued all day long, gusting at a max of 23 m/s. No nets were opened and limited migration took place although a few Sparrowhawk (Sparvhök) still moved south.

Wind: Westerly
Strength 13-23 m/s
Temperature: 12-15
Visibility: Good
Cloud cover: 0-8/8
Precipitation: Rain until mid-morning



14th September 2019

2019 September Posted on 14 Sep, 2019 18:56:34

23 birds were ringed this morning, despite a very limited number of nets being opened due to the wind, these included the first two Dunnock (Järnsparv) of the autumn. The first Brambling (Bergfink) of the autumn was heard by the obs and a Honey Buzzad (Bivråk) flew south and shortly back north this morning.

Wind: Westerly to southwesterly
Strength 6-15 m/s
Temperature: 13-16
Visibility: Good
Cloud cover: 2-8/8
Precipitation: None

Ringing day totals:

Dunnock / Järnsparv: 2

Robin / Rödhake: 4

Lesser Whitethroat / Ärtsångare: 3

Blackcap / Svarthätta: 4

Willow Warbler / Lövsångare: 4

Goldcrest / Kungsfågel: 6

Total: 23



13th September 2019

2019 September Posted on 13 Sep, 2019 20:35:35

30 birds were ringed this morning, the nets were restricted to more sheltered ones due to westerly winds. The key feature of today was an impressive raptor passage, with the following migrating south past the obs: 63 Sparrowhawk (Sparvhök), 15 Kestrel (Tornfalk), 5 Honey Buzzard (Bivråk), 1 Marsh Harrier (Brun kärrhök) and one Hobby (Lärkfalk). Also present were 16 White-tailed Eagles (Havsörn), 1 Goshawk (Duvhök) and 1 Osprey (Fiskgjuse) present around the island.

Wind: Westerly
Strength 8-15 m/s
Temperature: 15-18
Visibility: Good
Cloud cover: 1-3/8
Precipitation: None

Ringing day totals:

Robin / Rödhake: 4

Redstart / Rödstjärt: 2

Wheatear / Stenskvätta: 1

Lesser Whitethroat / Ärtsångare: 6

Blackcap / Svarthätta: 5

Willow Warbler / Lövsångare: 3

Goldcrest / Kungsfågel: 3

Spotted Flycatcher / Grå flugsnappare: 1

Red-breasted Flycatcher / Mindre flugsnappare: 1

Blue Tit / Blåmes: 2

Chaffinch / Bofink: 1

Scarlet Rosefinch: 1

Total: 30



12th September 2019

2019 September Posted on 12 Sep, 2019 19:24:10

Due to a westerly gale overnight with strong winds continuing all day, no nets were opened. A Honey Buzzard (Bivråk) was seen migrating south from the north end this morning, as were two Peregrine Falcons (Pilgrimsfalk). An Osprey (Fiskgjuse) was seen this morning at the north, and either the same or a different bird was seen at Saltmar this afternoon. A Goshawk (Duvhök) was at Våta Väggen and two Marsh Harrier (Brun kärrhök) flew south over the obs.

Wind: Westerly to southwesterly
Strength 7-20 m/s
Temperature: 14-16
Visibility: Good
Cloud cover: 5-8/8
Precipitation: None



11th September 2019

2019 September Posted on 11 Sep, 2019 20:58:58

51 birds were ringed on an overcast morning today, including the first Bluethroat (Blåhake) and two Red-breasted Flycatcher (Mindre flugsnappare) of the autumn.

Wind: Easterly to southwesterly
Strength 1-15 m/s
Temperature: 14-16
Visibility: Good
Cloud cover: 3-8/8
Precipitation: None

Ringing day totals:

Robin / Rödhake: 15

Bluethroat / Blåhake: 1

Redstart / Rödstjärt: 2

Song Thrush / Taltrast: 1

Sedge Warbler / Sävsångare: 1

Lesser Whitethroat / Ärtsångare: 2

Garden Warbler / Trädgårdssångare: 1

Blackcap / Svarthätta: 7

Wood Warbler / Grönsångare: 1

Chiffchaff / Gransångare: 1

Willow Warbler / Lövsångare: 6

Goldcrest / Kungsfågel: 10

Spotted Flycatcher / Grå flugsnappare: 1

Red-breasted Flycatcher / Mindre flugsnappare: 2

Total: 51



10th September 2019

2019 September Posted on 10 Sep, 2019 20:13:46

A good day for raptor migration, with 34 Sparrowhawk (Sparvhök), two Marsh Harrier (Brun kärrhök), one Goshawk (Duvhök), 2 Kestrel (Tornfalk), one Hobby (Lärkfalk) and a juvenile Pallid Harrier (Stäpphök) passing over the observatory. 35 birds were ringed including a further increase in Goldcrest (Kungsfågel) and Robin (Rödhake) numbers.

Wind: Easterly
Strength 6-11 m/s
Temperature: 16-19
Visibility: Good
Cloud cover: 1-8/8
Precipitation: None

Ringing day totals:

Sparrowhawk / Sparvhök: 1

Robin / Rödhake: 12

Redstart / Rödstjärt: 1

Song Thrush / Taltrast: 1

Reed Warbler / Rörsångare: 1

Lesser Whitethroat / Ärtsångare: 3

Whitethroat / Törnsångare: 1

Garden Warbler / Trädgårdssångare: 1

Blackcap / Svarthätta: 3

Willow Warbler / Lövsångare: 1

Goldcrest / Kungsfågel: 9

Spotted Flycatcher / Grå flugsnappare: 1

Total: 35



9th September 2019

2019 September Posted on 09 Sep, 2019 21:46:07

Rain overnight gave way to a foggy morning with very light easterlies. It was another good day of migration and in the afternoon as the fog began to lift 90 Wheatear (Stenskvätta) were counted along the coast to the south of the obs. At Södra Udden the first Yellow-browed Warbler (Tajgasångare) of the autumn, and one of the first seen in Sweden this autumn was seen in a valley to the south of the lighouse for about 10 minutes. A Slavonian Grebe (Svarthakedopping) was off Jutvik. 30 birds were ringed including a Sparrowhawk (Sparvhök) and a Sedge Warbler (Sävsångare), as well as four Wheatear (Stenskvätta), the first caught since spring.

Wind: Easterly
Strength 1-8 m/s
Temperature: 16-18
Visibility: Poor to good
Cloud cover: 2-8/8
Precipitation: None

Ringing day totals:

Sparrowhawk / Sparvhök: 1

Robin / Rödhake: 1

Redstart / Rödstjärt: 3

Wheatear / Stenskvätta: 4

Blackbird / Koltrast: 1

Sedge Warbler / Sävsångare: 1

Lesser Whitethroat / Ärtsångare: 4

Garden Warbler / Trädgårdssångare: 3

Blackcap / Svarthätta: 6

Willow Warbler / Lövsångare: 4

Spotted Flycatcher / Grå flugsnappare: 1

Pied Flycatcher / Svartvit flugsnappare: 1

Total: 30



8th September 2019

2019 September Posted on 08 Sep, 2019 21:30:48

The first fine and still morning we can remember in some time, although that deteriorated throughout the day giving way to cold squally conditions by evening. 31 birds were ringed this morning, including another late Red-backed Shrike (Törnskata) and the second Woodcock (Morkulla) of the year, along with small numbers of other expected autumn migrants. Throughout the morning a good southbound passage took place and 622 White Wagtails (Sädesärla) went south as did 7 Sparrowhawk (Sparvhök). The still conditions last night provided a good opportunity to put out the sound recorder for the first time to record nocturnal migration. Analysis of the sonogram showed up very little migration other than a surprise Spotted Flycatcher (Grå flugsnappare), which flew over at 23:40 yesterday, as well as a couple of Common Snipe (Enkelbeckasin).

Wind: Easterly to northeasterly
Strength 1-13 m/s
Temperature: 13-17
Visibility: Good to moderate
Cloud cover: 3-8/8
Precipitation: Rain starting early evening

Ringing day totals:

Woodcock / Morkulla: 1

Tree Pipit / Trädpiplärka: 2

Robin / Rödhake: 3

Redstart / Rödstjärt: 2

Blackbird / Koltrast: 1

Lesser Whitethroat / Ärtsångare: 4

Blackcap / Svarthätta: 2

Willow Warbler / Lövsångare: 10

Goldcrest / Kungsfågel: 1

Spotted Flycatcher / Grå flugsnappare: 1

Blue Tit / Blåmes: 1

Great Tit / Talgoxe: 1

Red-backed Shrike / Törnskata: 1

Chaffinch / Bofink: 1

Total: 31



7th September 2019

2019 September Posted on 07 Sep, 2019 21:26:43

A fairly brisk wind meant that only more sheltered nets were opened this morning, and light rain was a feature until about 11am. 18 birds were ringed, including a rather late Red-backed Shrike (Törnskata).

Wind: Southwesterly
Strength 3-14 m/s
Temperature: 13-17
Visibility: Good
Cloud cover: 3-8/8
Precipitation: Light rain throughout morning

Ringing day totals:

Redstart / Rödstjärt: 1

Lesser Whitethroat / Ärtsångare: 3

Blackcap / Svarthätta: 7

Willow Warbler / Lövsångare: 5

Red-backed Shrike / Törnskata: 1

Scarlet Rosefinch / Rosenfink: 1

Total: 18



6th September 2019

2019 September Posted on 06 Sep, 2019 20:31:50

Today started off with brisk westerlies which prevented us opening any nets. Several Sparrowhawk (Sparvhök) were noted migrating south and four Black-throated Divers (Storlom) flew over.

Wind: Westerly to southwesterly
Strength 4-12 m/s
Temperature: 13-16
Visibility: Good
Cloud cover: 7-8/8
Precipitation: None



5th September 2019

2019 September Posted on 05 Sep, 2019 20:18:56

A wet and windy start prevented us opening any nets this morning and we took the opportunity to spend the day off the island stocking up on food in Nynäshamn.

Wind: Southwesterly
Strength 4-16 m/s
Temperature: 14-18
Visibility: Good
Cloud cover: 3-8/8
Precipitation: Period of rain this morning from around 0415



4th September 2019

2019 September Posted on 04 Sep, 2019 20:26:44

A windy start meant the nets were not opened until 6:45, but the wind continued to drop throughout the morning and 14 birds were ringed.

Wind: Southwesterly to southerly
Strength 1-13 m/s
Temperature: 15-18
Visibility: Good
Cloud cover: 5-8/8
Precipitation: None

Ringing day totals:

Tree Pipit / Trädpiplärka: 1

Redstart / Rödstjärt: 1

Lesser Whitethroat / Ärtsångare: 1

Common Whitethroat / Törnsångare: 1

Blackcap / Svarthätta: 3

Willow Warbler / Lövsångare: 6

Goldcrest / Kungsfågel: 1

Total: 14



3rd September 2019

2019 September Posted on 03 Sep, 2019 21:29:36

18 birds were ringed this morning. In an hour this evening 24 Dunlin (Kärrsnäppa), two Turnstone (Roskarl), two Pintail (Stjärtand), six Teal (Kricka) and one Oystercatcher (Strandskata) migrated south past Vadarbunkern.

Wind: Southwesterly
Strength 8-15 m/s
Temperature: 15-18
Visibility: Good
Cloud cover: 5-8/8
Precipitation: None

Ringing day totals:

Tree Pipit / Trädpiplärka: 4

Robin / Rödhake: 1

Redstart / Rödstjärt: 1

Sedge Warbler / Sävsångare: 1

Common Whitethroat / Törnsångare: 1

Blackcap / Svarthätta: 3

Willow Warbler / Lövsångare: 6

Spotted Flycatcher / Grå flugsnappare: 1

Total: 18



2nd September 2019

2019 September Posted on 02 Sep, 2019 19:47:11

11 birds were ringed this morning, the number of open nets was restricted by westerly winds throughout the morning which picked up further into the evening. Only a few migrants were noted today; two Marsh Harriers (Brun kärrhök) and two Kestrel (Tornfalk) flew south over the obs during the morning, while a Grey Plover (Kustsnäppa) flew west.

Wind: Southwesterly and westerly
Strength 5-15 m/s
Temperature: 15-19
Visibility: Good
Cloud cover: 2-8/8
Precipitation: None

Ringing day totals:

Redstart / Rödstjärt: 1

Lesser Whitethroat / Ärtsångare: 3

Blackcap / Svarthätta: 4

Willow Warbler / Lövsångare: 3

Total: 11



1st September 2019

2019 September Posted on 01 Sep, 2019 19:26:38

A day of blustery southeasterlies and little migration, although a few waders, terns and ducks were seen migrating past the lighthouse this morning. Eight birds were ringed this morning.

Wind: Southeasterly to southwesterly
Strength 5-13 m/s
Temperature: 18-21
Visibility: Good
Cloud cover: 2-8/8
Precipitation: Rain showers from
around 16:30

Ringing day totals:

Lesser Whitethroat / Ärtsångare: 1

Garden Warbler / Trädgårdssångare: 1

Blackcap / Svarthätta: 2

Willow Warbler / Lövsångare: 2

Spotted Flycatcher / Grå flugsnappare: 1

Scarlet Rosefinch / Rosenfink: 1

Total: 8