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Landsort Birds Diary!

30th September 2017

2017 September Posted on 30 Sep, 2017 17:35:38

At Bredmar nets opened at 0600 and closed at 1300 with 475 new birds of 14 species, the best day so far this year and a welcome boost to the September totals.

These totals were further boosted at SUDD where nets were opened at 0600 and closed at 1100 with a further 173 new birds of 13 species, giving a fantastic total of 648 birds of 18 species.

Overall, the total of 648 for the day was the 3rd highest day catch in the history of the Observatory

Catches were dominated by Rödhake (Robin) and Kungsfågel (Goldcrest) though a total of 28 Järnsparv (Dunnock) was the best day capture for the Observatory.

There will be seven at the Obs tonight: Chris, Kay, Liam, Mats, Håken, Fredrik & Janne.

Wind: South-east
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 15
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Almost clear, 1-2/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

Bredmar
Wren Gärdsmyg 5
Dunnock Järnsparv 26
Robin Rödhake 127
Redstart Rödstjärt 1
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 2
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 1
Chiffchaff Gransångare 6
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 2
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 295
Blue Tit Blåmes 1
Chaffinch Bofink 3
Redpoll Gråsiska 4


SUDD

Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 1
Dunnock Järnsparv 2
Robin Rödhake 52
Blackcap Svarthätta 1
Chiffchaff Gransångare 3
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 2
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 104
Red-breasted Flycatcher Mindre flugsnappare 1
Blue Tit Blåmes 1
Great Tit Talgoxe 2
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 1
Chaffinch Bofink 2
Redpoll Gråsiska 1


Sightings
of interest

Barnacle Goose Vitkindad gås 75 Migrating SW
Peregrine Falcon Pilgrimsfalk 1 1cy female – migrating SW
Red-throated Pipit Rödstrupig piplärka 1 Staging in north
Yellow Wagtail Gulärla 2 Staging, south
Northern Wheatear Stenskvätta 3 Staging, south
Red-breasted Flycatcher Mindre flugsnappare 2 Staging, south
Eurasian Jay Nötskrika 8 Staging, south
Common Chaffinch Bofink 1100 Migrating SW


29th September 2017

2017 September Posted on 29 Sep, 2017 16:20:17

Nets opened at 0600 and closed at 1300 with 261 new birds of 18 species/sub-species.

The first Taigasångare (Yellow-browed Warbler) of the year caught.

Not sure how migration watching went, but a summary of best counts will be shown later.

Data all entered and the rest of the day will be spent giving the place a clean before the next set of Members arrive this evening.

There will be six at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay, Janne, Mats, Liam and Håken.




Wind:

South-east
Strength: Strong, 8-13 m/s
Temperature: 15
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover:

Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 2
Dunnock Järnsparv 18
Robin Rödhake 69
Redstart Rödstjärt 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 4
Sedge Warbler Sävsångare 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 2
Blackcap Svarthätta 3
Yellow-browed Warbler Taigasångare 1
Chiffchaff Gransångare 3
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 15
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 127
Blue Tit Blåmes 3
Chaffinch Bofink 4
Siskin Grönsiska 4
Redpol flammea Gråsiska 1
Redpoll cabaret Gråsiska 2
Yellowhammer Gulsparv 1


28th September 2017

2017 September Posted on 28 Sep, 2017 15:58:43

Nets opened at 0600 and closed at 1330 with a moderate wind increasing through the morning, to finish at 10 m/s.

Best day yet with 271 new birds of 15 species with a late Grå flugsnappare (Spotted Flycatcher) being most notable.

Janne, Seppo, Fredrik and both Ulfs all spent the morning at SUDD. Seems nothing ‘special’ was seen, though an update of notable sightings will be included in the diary later.

There will be seven at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay, Fredrik, Ulf L, Ulf K, Seppo and Janne.

Wind: South-east
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s increasing
Temperature: 15
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Almost clear, 1-2/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 4
Dunnock Järnsparv 2
Robin Rödhake 73
Redstart Rödstjärt 1
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 2
Redwing Rödvingetrast 1
Chiffchaff Gransångare 4
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 3
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 173
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 1
Blue Tit Blåmes 1
Chaffinch Bofink 1
Redpoll cabaret Gråsiska 3
Reed Bunting Sävsparv 1


Sightings
of interest

Brent Goose Prutgås 60 Migrating SW
Eurasian Wigeon Bläsand 694 Migrating SW
Northern Pintail Stjärtand 59 Migrating SW
Northern Shoveler Skedand 7 Migrating SW
Red-necked Grebe Gråhakedopping 1 Migrating SW
Tree Pipit Trädpiplärka 2 Migrating SW
White Wagtail Sädesärla 190 Migrating SW
Bohemian Waxwing Sidensvans 1 Staging
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 2 Staging
Lapland Longspur Lappsparv 1 Staging


27th September 2017

2017 September Posted on 27 Sep, 2017 16:45:07

Nets opened at 0545 and closed at 1100 with 58 new birds of 10 species including a Sävsångare (Sedge Warbler), getting towards the latest dates for the species.

Afternoon spent chopping down some trees near nets.

Fredrik, Ulf, Seppo & Ulf (Larsson) spent the morning at SUDD but had very little migration movement to report. Not sure what was happening in the north of the island.

There will be 7 at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay, Fredrik, Ulf Karlsson, Seppo, Ulf Larsson and Janne who is arriving on the late ferry.


Wind:

North-east
Strength: Strong, 8-10 m/s
Temperature: 16
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Almost clear, 1-2/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 5
Dunnock Järnsparv 1
Robin Rödhake 8
Song Thrush Taltrast 5
Sedge Warbler Sävsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 1
Chiffchaff Gransångare 7
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 1
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 28
Chaffinch Bofink 1


26th September 2017

2017 September Posted on 26 Sep, 2017 14:15:09

All nets opened at 0545 and closed at 1245 with 105 new birds of 13 species.

There will be five at the Obs tonight: Chris, Kay, Fredrik, Ulf & Seppo.

Wind: North-east
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 15
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Almost clear, 1-2/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 1
Wren Gärdsmyg 3
Dunnock Järnsparv 4
Robin Rödhake 22
Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 4
Chiffchaff Gransångare 7
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 2
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 57
Blue Tit Blåmes 1
Chaffinch Bofink 1
Siskin Grönsiska 1


25th September 2017

2017 September Posted on 25 Sep, 2017 12:50:28

Nets opened at 0545 and closed at 1100 with 66 new birds of 10 species. Much quieter on the island for birds today.

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

Wind: North-east
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s but stronger to start
Temperature: 16
Visibility: Good, 10-20km after early sea fog
Cloud cover: Almost clear, 1-2/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 1
Dunnock Järnsparv 1
Robin Rödhake 34
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 6
Chiffchaff Gransångare 2
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 18
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 1
Chaffinch Bofink 1
Siskin Grönsiska 1


24th September 2017

2017 September Posted on 24 Sep, 2017 14:16:49

All nets opened at 0545 and closed at 1230, with 158 new birds of 13 species, mainly Rödhake (Robin) and Kungsfågel (Goldcrest). The Höksångare (Barred Warbler) caught the other day was re-trapped.

A guiding given for 11 people from 1130 until 1230.

Afternoon to be spent doing end of week paperwork – what joy!!!

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

Wind: North-east
Strength: Moderate, 4-6 m/s
Temperature: 15
Visibility: Good, 10-20 km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 2
Dunnock Järnsparv 6
Robin Rödhake 91
Redstart Rödstjärt 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 3
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 3
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 2
Chiffchaff Gransångare 2
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 3
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 42
Great Tit Talgoxe 1
Chaffinch Bofink 1


Sightings
of interest

Yellow-browed Warbler Tajgasångare 1 Reported by Fredrik, south of Obs



23rd September 2017

2017 September Posted on 23 Sep, 2017 15:33:51

Nets opened at 0600 in almost calm conditions with a low mist. Mist slowly lifted during the morning but remained cloudy with the wind increasing during the netting session which finished at 1230.

A steady rate of capture through the morning produced a decent total of 139 new birds of 18 species/ sub-species. Among them was the first Gräshoppsångare (Grasshopper Warbler) of the year.

A guided talk given to a family of four from 1130 until 1230.

Håken spent the morning down around the lighthouse and was rewarded for his efforts with the first record of Taigasångare (Yellow-browed Warbler) of the year.

Mikael did not get to the island yesterday due to work commitments, so there were only 3 at the Obs last night. Håken left the island today to give just two at the Obs overnight tonight: Chris & Kay.

Wind: North-east
Strength: Calm, increasing to moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 14
Visibility: Haze, 1-4km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Dry

Birds
ringed
Wren Gärdsmyg 1
Dunnock Järnsparv 3
Robin Rödhake 72
Redstart Rödstjärt 3
Wheatear Stenskvätta 2
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 4
Grasshopper Warbler Gräshoppsångare 1
Sedge Warbler Sävsångare 2
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 4
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 3
Blackcap Svarthätta 6
Chiffchaff Gransångare 3
Chiffchaff tristis Gransångare tristis 1
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 6
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 22
Red-breasted Flycatcher Mindre flugsnappare 1
Chaffinch Bofink 4


Sightings
of interest

Barnacle Goose Vitkindad gås 70 Migrating
Western Marsh Harrier Brun kärrhök 1 Migrating
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 3 Migrating
Common Kestrel Tornfalk 1 Migrating – SUDD
Merlin Stenfalk 1 Migrating – SUDD
Northern Lapwing Tofsvipa 1 Call – SUDD
Common Snipe Enkelbeckasin 4 Flushed from cover around Bredmar
Eurasian Skylark Sånglärka 10 Migrating – SUDD
Eurasian Skylark Sånglärka 4 Call – Bredmar
Yellow Wagtail Gulärla 4 Migrating – SUDD
Yellow-browed Warbler Tajgasångare 1 Staging – SUDD
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 1 Staging – SUDD
Red-breasted Flycatcher Mindre flugsnappare 1 Staging – SUDD. Not the one caught at Bredmar
Eurasian Siskin Grönsiska 50 Migrating


22nd September 2017

2017 September Posted on 22 Sep, 2017 16:07:40

Very strong winds together with occasional rain showers restricted the number of nets opened at 0545 to 9 with these closed at 1100 as a band of more prolonged light rain arrived. Despite this 34 new birds of 9 species were caught including a Blåhake (Bluethroat) and a Höksångare (Barred Warbler).

Plenty of birds moving through and past the island today, with over 800 Vitkindad gås (Barnacle Goose) passing over the Obs in 10 large flocks. There must have been many more passing the island out of our sight.

Some migration watching at Vadarbunkern this afternoon, but not much by that stage. Rest of the afternoon spent cleaning the Obs ready for weekend visitors.

There will be four at the Obs tonight: Chris, Kay, Mikael and Håken.

Wind: North-east
Strength: Very strong, 15-19 m/s
Temperature: 14
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Showers


Birds
ringed

Robin Rödhake 13
Bluethroat Blåhake 1
Barred Warbler Höksångare 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 2
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 4
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 8
Blue Tit Blåmes 3
Great Tit Talgoxe 1


Sightings
of interest
Barnacle Goose Vitkindad gås 830 Migrating SW – in 10 flocks
Barnacle Goose Vitkindad gås 260 Migrating SW – in 2 flocks Vadarbunken
White-tailed Eagle Havsörn 1 Flying overhead
Common Kestrel Tornfalk 1 Foraging
Eurasian Hobby Lärkfalk 1 Migrating
Black-headed Gull Skrattmås 20 Migrating
White Wagtail Sädesärla 4 Migrating
Eurasian Blue Tit Blåmes 30 Migrating
Great Tit Talgoxe 90 Migrating
Common Raven Korp 2 Flying overhead
Common Chaffinch Bofink 950 Migrating
Eurasian Siskin Grönsiska 220 Migrating


21st September 2017

2017 September Posted on 21 Sep, 2017 13:48:04

Overnight rain extended into the first part of the morning, delaying opening of any nets until 0800 with nets closed for an hour at 0900 due to heavy rain shower. Nets re-opened at 1000 and closed at 1200.

A quiet day with just 19 new birds of 9 species.

Some habitat work this afternoon.

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

Wind: South-east backing E then NE
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 15
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8 clearing
Precipitation: Showers


Birds
ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 2
Robin Rödhake 9
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 2
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 1
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 1
Chaffinch Bofink 1


Sightings
of interest

Hen Harrier Blå kärrhök 1 Female – migrating S


20th September 2017

2017 September Posted on 20 Sep, 2017 13:45:32

Nets opened at 0530 and closed at 1100 with the morning remaining dry, despite rain nearby. A total of 75 new birds of 12 species including the first Svartmes (Coal Tit) of the year.

Anders arrived this morning to spend the day at the Obs before leaving on the late ferry.

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

Wind: North-east
Strength: Strong, 8-13 m/s
Temperature: 15
Visibility: Good, 10-20 km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Dry

Birds
ringed
Wren Gärdsmyg 2
Robin Rödhake 9
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 2
Blackcap Svarthätta 1
Chiffchaff Gransångare 2
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 4
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 48
Red-breasted Flycatcher Mindre flugsnappare 1
Coal Tit Svartmes 1
Blue Tit Blåmes 3
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 1
Chaffinch Bofink 1


Sightings
of interest

Common Snipe Enkelbeckasin 1 Call
Barn Swallow Ladusvala 1 Migrating
White Wagtail Sädesärla 30 Migrating
Eurasian Siskin Grönsiska 40 Migrating
Common Redpoll Gråsiska 1 Call


19th September 2017

2017 September Posted on 19 Sep, 2017 13:46:06

Nets opened at 0530 with the presence of rain showers either side of the island, but leaving the ringing area dry. Nets closed at 1200, with rain arriving at 1300.

A good morning, though not over busy, with 129 new birds of 13 species, the best being a Sävsångare (Sedge Warbler).

The Fjällvråk (Rough-legged Buzzard) from yesterday was present in the Bredmar area all morning.

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

Wind: North
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 15
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 1
Dunnock Järnsparv 3
Robin Rödhake 21
Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Sedge Warbler Sävsångare 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 5
Blackcap Svarthätta 6
Chiffchaff Gransångare 5
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 8
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 75
Blue Tit Blåmes 1
Great Tit Talgoxe 1
Chaffinch Bofink 1


Sightings
of interest

White-tailed Eagle Havsörn 2 Flying overhead
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 5 Migrating
Rough-legged Buzzard Fjällvråk 1 Staging
Common Snipe Enkelbeckasin 1 Staging
Eurasian Siskin Grönsiska 40 Migrating


18th September 2017

2017 September Posted on 18 Sep, 2017 12:29:05

Nets opened at 0530 and closed at 1100 with 106 new birds of 12 species, including another Mindre flugsnappare (Red-breasted Flycatcher). Most birds caught in mist nets, but one Kungsfågel (Goldcrest) was found inside the Obs, having flown in through the open door.

Just before Lasse left we were treated to the view of a Fjällfråk (Rough-legged Buzzard) flying over the Obs before perching for a few minutes on the roof of Bernts house, giving great views and photo opportunities before if flew off N.

Lasse leaves the Obs this afternoon to give two overnight; Chris & Kay.

Wind: North-east
Strength: Strong, 7-9 m/s
Temperature: 15
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

Meadow Pipit Ängpiplärka 1
Wren Gärdsmyg 1
Robin Rödhake 32
Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 3
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 6
Chiffchaff Gransångare 2
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 2
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 52
Red-breasted Flycatcher Mindre flugsnappare 1
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 4


17th September 2017

2017 September Posted on 17 Sep, 2017 14:03:57

At Bredmar nets opened at 0530 and closed at 0700 when heavy rain shower arrived, with rain off & on through the morning. Nets re-opened at 1000 and closed at 1145 with 61 new birds of 11 species.

At SUDD nets opened at 0530 and closed at 0730 due to rain, with 40 new birds of 5 species, giving an overall day total of 101 birds.

A guided talk given to 9 people from 1130 until 1230.

Most members leaving/ left the island today to give just 3 at the Obs tonight: Chris, Kay & Lasse.

Wind: North-east
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 16
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10 km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Showers


Birds
ringed

Bredmar
Wren Gärdsmyg 1
Robin Rödhake 21
Redstart Rödstjärt 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 2
Chiffchaff Gransångare 1
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 2
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 28
Pied Flycatcher Svartvit flugsnappare 1
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 2
Chaffinch Bofink 1


SUDD

Robin Rödhake 14
Redstart Rödstjärt 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 2
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 22


Sightings
of interest
Great Cormorant Storskarv 1335 Migrating SW
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 26 Migrating SW
Osprey Fiskgjuse 2 Migrating SW
Eurasian Hobby Lärkfalk 1 Migrating SW
European Golden Plover Ljungpipare 1 Migrating SW
Tree Pipit Trädpiplärka 10 Migrating SW
Meadow Pipit Ängspiplärka 16 Migrating SW
White Wagtail Sädesärla 935 Migrating SW
Common Starling Stare 1 Migrating SW
Eurasian Siskin Grönsiska 124 Migrating SW
Common Redpoll Gråsiska 8 Migrating SW
Common Crossbill Mindre korsnäbb 6 Migrating SW


16th September 2017

2017 September Posted on 16 Sep, 2017 16:56:47

All nets opened at Bredmar at 0530 and closed at 1415 after a long day of ringing and guiding. A total of 66 new birds of 16 species.

At SUDD nets opened around 0600 and closed about 1200 with 48 new birds of 11 species to give an overall total of 114 new birds of 18 species.

A good days migration watching also with several raptors moving past the island. An update on the highlights will be added to the diary later.

A guiding for 10 people from 1130 until 1300 was followed by a further guided talk to six people from 1400 until 1500.

All date entered.

There will be 9 at the Obs tonight: Chris, Kay, Lasse, Mats, Bosse, Lena, Janne, Mova and Gunilla.

Wind: South-west
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 16
Visibility: Good, 10-20 km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

Bredmar
Great Spotted Woodpecker Större hackspett 2
Tree Pipit Trädpiplärka 1
Wren Gärdsmyg 2
Robin Rödhake 11
Redstart Rödstjärt 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 2
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 2
Chiffchaff Gransångare 1
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 5
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 32
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 2
Great Tit Talgoxe 1
Nuthatch Nötväcka 1
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 1
Chaffinch Bofink 1


SUDD

Wren Gärdsmyg 3
Robin Rödhake 8
Redstart Rödstjärt 2
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 3
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 3
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 5
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 19
Blue Tit Blåmes 2
Great Tit Talgoxe 1
Brambling Bergfink 1


Sightings
of interest

Eurasian Wigeon Bläsand 29 Migrating SW
Great Cormorant Storskarv 1100
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 51 Migrating S
Common Kestrel Tornfalk 11 Migrating S
Merlin Stenfalk 2 Migrating S
Red-necked Phalarope Smalnäbbad simsnäppa 1



15th September 2017

2017 September Posted on 15 Sep, 2017 14:50:16

Nets opened at 0530 and closed at 1145 with a very pleasing total of 130 new birds of 16 species – very welcome after the recent few days of low numbers.

Although most birds were the expected range of autumn migrants a Videsparv (Rustic Bunting) caught in the last round of the day was by far the best bird caught, only the 14th ever caught here and the first since 2013.

A guiding was given to 25 people from 1130 until 1245.

Afternoon will be spent cleaning ready for weekend visitors.

There will be six at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay, Bosse, Lena, Mats and Lasse.

Wind: North-west
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 16
Visibility: Good, 10-20 km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker Större hackspett 1
Wren Gärdsmyg 2
Dunnock Järnsparv 1
Robin Rödhake 17
Redstart Rödstjärt 3
Song Thrush Taltrast 2
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 5
Blackcap Svarthätta 4
Chiffchaff Gransångare 2
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 20
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 67
Pied Flycatcher Svartvit flugsnappare 1
Blue Tit Blåmes 1
Chaffinch Bofink 2
Rustic Bunting Videsparv 1


Sightings
of interest
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 5 Migrating
Common Kestrel Tornfalk 1 Migrating
Eurasian Hobby Lärkfalk 1 Migrating
White Wagtail Sädesärla 30 Migrating


14th September 2017

2017 September Posted on 14 Sep, 2017 14:44:34

Nets opened at 0515 and closed at 0700 when a rain shower arrived. This was the pattern of the morning, nets continually opened and closed due to rain until finally closing at 1100 when a series of heavier and longer showers arrived.

Despite restricted netting a better total than recently, with 36 new birds of 7 species including 4 Ärtsångare (Lesser Whitethroat) giving a year total of 456, two better than the previous best year (2016). Notable was the complete lack of caught, or calling, Lövsångare (Willow Warbler).

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

Wind: North-east
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 14
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Showers


Birds
ringed

Robin Rödhake 9
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 4
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 2
Blackcap Svarthätta 9
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 10
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 1
Chaffinch Bofink 1


13th September 2017

2017 September Posted on 13 Sep, 2017 13:46:09

Nets opened at 0515 and closed at 1300, having been left open until then for a booked guiding, which was then delayed until 1400.

Another quiet day with just 9 birds of 5 species.

Final window put into the lab this morning, so after the guiding at 1400 we will give the Lab a good clean and put the ringing area back together ready for some birds, perhaps???

Will also clean the dormitories and pingers room of dust from the work that has been done, ready for the weekend.

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

Wind: South-west
Strength: Strong, 8-13 m/s
Temperature: 16
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

Robin Rödhake 2
Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 2
Blackcap Svarthätta 3
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 1


Sightings
of interest

Brent Goose Prutgås 2 Migrating SW
Great Cormorant Storskarv 347 Migrating SW
European Honey Buzzard Bivråk 2 Migrating SW
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 2 Migrating SW
Eurasian Hobby Lärkfalk 1 Migrating SW
Barn Swallow Ladusvala 4 Migrating SW
White Wagtail Sädesärla 190 Migrating SW in flocks of 10-40
Common Crossbill Mindre korsnäbb 1 Migrating SW


12th September 2017

2017 September Posted on 12 Sep, 2017 11:58:35

Nets opened at 0515 and closed at 1100 with just 9 new birds of 4 species.

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

Wind: South-west
Strength: Strong, 9-11 m/s
Temperature: 16
Visibility: Good, 10-20 km
Cloud cover: Almost clear, 1-2/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

Robin Rödhake 5
Redstart Rödstjärt 1
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 2


Sightings
of interest
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 3 Migrating S
Eurasian Hobby Lärkfalk 1 Migrating S
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 1 Staging
Red-backed Shrike Törnskata 1 Re-trapped


11th September 2017

2017 September Posted on 11 Sep, 2017 11:54:09

25 nets opened at 0515 and closed at 1100 with just 10 new birds of 6 species, captures affected by the wind direction and strength.

All the replacement windows are now in place in the main part of the building and work started on replacing the three in the cellar.

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

Wind: South
Strength: Strong, 9-11 m/s
Temperature: 15
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 2
Robin Rödhake 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 2
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 2
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 2


Sightings
of interest
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 2 Staging
Barn Swallow Ladusvala 9 Migrating S
Common House Martin Hussvala 2 Migrating S
White Wagtail Sädesärla 50 Migrating S


10th September 2017

2017 September Posted on 10 Sep, 2017 14:43:52

Very strong winds overnight delayed opening unitl 0545 when 11 nets opened.Nets closed at 1145 with just three new birds of two species caught.

A booked guiding was given to 14 people from 1130 until 1230.

Liam left the island today to give two at the Obs overnight: Chris & Kay.

Wind: South-west
Strength: Strong, 8-13 m/s
Temperature: 14
Visibility: Good, 10-20 km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

Blackcap Svarthätta 1
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 2


Sightings
of interest
White-tailed Eagle Havsörn 1 Flying overhead
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 1 Migrating S
Whimbrel Småspov 2 Migrating S
Barn Swallow Ladusvala 2 Migrating S


9th September 2017

2017 September Posted on 09 Sep, 2017 13:36:48

All nets opened at Bredmar at 0515 and closed at 1145 with just 20 new birds of 9 species.

At SUDD Liam had nets open at 0545 and closed at 0845 with just two new birds of one species, to give 22 for the day.

At 1130 a guided talk was given by Liam to 20+ youngsters and around 10 adults.

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

Wind: South-west, backing SE
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s, decreasing
Temperature: 15
Visibility: Good, 10-20 km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

Bredmar
Wren Gärdsmyg 1
Robin Rödhake 3
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 2
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 3
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 1
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 5
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 2
Red-backed Shrike Törnskata 2


SUDD

Robin Rödhake 2

Sightings
of interest
Velvet Scoter Svärta 75 Migrating S
Northern Goshawk Duvhök 1 Female – foraging
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 20 Migrating S
Common Kestrel Tornfalk 2 Migrating S


8th September 2017

2017 September Posted on 08 Sep, 2017 13:33:10

All nets opened at 0515 and closed at 1100 in almost calm conditions and high expectations! In the end a decent day without being spectacular with 53 new birds of 10 species.

Best sighting was of a Spillkråka (Black Woodpecker) first observed at 0700 flying north over Bredmar. It was then seen again at 1100 passing south over the Obs and a few minutes later heading north again.

Afternoon to be spent cleaning the new windows that have been fitted during the last couple of weeks.

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

Wind: North-east
Strength: Light, 1-3 m/s
Temperature: 16
Visibility: Good, 10-20 km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

White Wagtail Sädesärla 1
Robin Rödhake 5
Redstart Rödstjärt 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 12
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 7
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 3
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 17
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 5
Chaffinch Bofink 1


Sightings
of interest

Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 30 Migrating S
Common Snipe Enkelbeckasin 1 flushed from cover at 0500
Black Woodpecker Spillkråka 1 Seen at 0700 flying N over Bredmar then again at 1100
Barn Swallow Ladusvala 15 Migrating S
Common House Martin Hussvala 1 Migrating S
White Wagtail Sädesärla 50 Migrating S
Common Crossbill Mindre korsnäbb 9 Migrating S


7th September 2017

2017 September Posted on 07 Sep, 2017 14:05:23

20 nets opened at 0500 and the rest opened during the morning as the wind decreased, with all 30 nets closed at 1100.

A total of 50 new birds of 12 species including the first migrant Järnsparv (Dunnock) of the autumn. Among the 11 Svarthätta (Blackcap) caught was a 1cy male with a dark grey beast and belly, completely lacking in any pale feathering.

Despite the movement of Sparvhök (Sparrowhawk) past the island there were no birds killed in the nets, though the remains of an Enkelbeckasin (Common Snipe) were found in one net. The birds had been plucked and mostly eaten somewhere else and had presumably been dropped when the Sparvhök hit the net.

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

Wind: North-east
Strength: Strong, 8-13 m/s decreasing
Temperature: 15
Visibility: Good, 10-20 km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 1
Dunnock Järnsparv 1
Robin Rödhake 5
Redstart Rödstjärt 4
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 5
Blackcap Svarthätta 11
Wood Warbler Grönsångare 1
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 10
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 5
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 2
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 2
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 3


Sightings
of interest
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 30 Migrating S
Common Kestrel Tornfalk 1 Foraging


6th September 2017

2017 September Posted on 06 Sep, 2017 13:51:38

25 nets opened at 0500 and closed at 1100 with 73 new birds of 15 species, including a Tornfalk (Kestrel) the 8th ever for the Observatory and a Mindre flugsnapare (Red-breasted Flycatcher), the first for autumn and the 11th for the year.

All bird bags washed and anticipation rising for continued migration.

Erik & Mats from Natursiden came up to the Obs again this morning to continue their interview with us. Unfortunately they arrived just after the Tornfalk and left just before the Mindre flugsnappare!!!

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

Wind: South-east
Strength: Strong, 8-13 m/s
Temperature: 16
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 1
Kestrel Tornfalk 1
Robin Rödhake 4
Redstart Rödstjärt 11
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 11
Whitethroat Törnsångare 2
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 3
Blackcap Svarthätta 10
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 17
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 3
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 3
Red-breasted Flycatcher Mindre flugsnappare 1
Pied Flycatcher Svartvit flugsnappare 3
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 2
Chaffinch Bofink 1


Sightings
of interest

White-tailed Eagle Havsörn 1 Flying overhead
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 20 Migrating
Barn Swallow Ladusvala 30 Migrating S
Common House Martin Hussvala 2 Migrating S


5th September 2017

2017 September Posted on 05 Sep, 2017 15:18:00

14 nets opened at 0515 and closed at 1300 with 69 new birds of 14 species – a good mornings ringing after the recent terrible weather.

A Svartvit flugsnappare (Pied Flycatcher) was trapped with a Finnish ring on it. The ring looked very fresh, so probably only ringed a few days ago. Will be interesting to see where and when it was ringed. Our first foreign control of the autumn.

Spent a few hours with Erik & Mats from Natursiden, who have come to the island to find out about the work of the station.

Meanwhile Lasse has drilled drainage holes in the concrete at the entrance to the cellar to fit a drain to allow the water to drain out. After 30 years of occassional flooding, a ‘phone call from Tore has hopefully sorted out the problem! Thanks to him for help yesterday in draining the water out of the cellar and to Lasse for acting so quickly to help.

This afternoon had a member of the public call at the Obs to express concern about the nets at SUDD, in fact they were quite angry. Did my best to calm him down and then Kay & I went down to check. All nets re-closed and in some cases removed from trees where loose bits had become entangled. They did not look good! Some bad PR for the Station unfortunately.

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

Wind: East
Strength: Strong wind, 8-13 m/s
Temperature: 15
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker Större hackspett 1
Robin Rödhake 4
Thrush Nightingale Näktergal 1
Redstart Rödstjärt 7
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 3
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 5
Blackcap Svarthätta 1
Wood Warbler Grönsångare 2
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 25
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 3
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 8
Pied Flycatcher Svartvit flugsnappare 7
Chaffinch Bofink 1

Sightings
of interest
White-tailed Eagle Havsörn 2 Flying overhead
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 4 Migrating
Common Kestrel Tornfalk 1 Foraging
Common Greenshank Gluttsnäppa 1 Call


4th September 2017

2017 September Posted on 04 Sep, 2017 08:11:31

Nets opened at 0500 – caught three Lax, 2 Cod and 1 flounder!!!!

In truth, no nets opened today in gale to near gale NE winds overnight and heavy, continuous rain all morning!!! A lot of water on the island now!!!!

Sorcha left the island this morning and Kay took the opportunity to travel to Stockholm with her, returning later today to give two at the Obs overnight; Chris & Kay.

Afternoon spent emptying water out of the cellar and ringing Lab. Not too much damage but very wet and more flooding in!



3rd September 2017

2017 September Posted on 03 Sep, 2017 10:27:52

With no rain forecast until mid-morning, everyone was up at 0500 to open the nets – outside it started raining!

Janne & Bosse, who were going to run SUDD had the common sense to go back to bed until 0800 and, after a brief attempt at some migration watching, gave the day up as a wash out!!

At Bredmar 9 nets were opened at 0645 and closed 30 minutes later, re-opened at 0900 and closed at 0945 when more long-term rain arrived. A grand total of 1 bird!!!!!

Janne & Bosse will leave at some stage this afternoon giving just Chris, Kay & Sorcha overnight tonight.

Really heavy rain now and a terrible forecast for tomorrow and most of next week.

Wind: north-east
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s increasing
Temperature: 15
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10 km
Cloud cover: Overcast 8/8
Precipitation: Showers, some long.


Birds
ringed

Willow Warbler Lövsångare 1


2nd September 2017

2017 September Posted on 02 Sep, 2017 15:15:23

At Bredmar all nets opened at 0500, some closed at 1100 and the rest at 1145.

A total of 67 new birds of 16 species was a much better morning than recently, with a late Kärrsångare (Marsh Warbler) being of note. This bird was the third latest bird caught at the Observatory, after 1 on 7th September 2008 and 3rd September 2009. At Bredmar, Chris & Kay were helped by Ebba who was on the island overnight, having spent 5 weeks at Ottenby. Ebba ringed 18 of the 67 birds.

At SUDD Bosse and Janne ran the nets,catching 14 new birds of 6 species, to give a total of 81 new birds for the day.

A guided talk was given to 12 people from 1130 until 1300.

There will be five at the Obs overnight; Chris, Kay, Sorcha, Bosse and Janne.

Wind: North-east
Strength: Light, 1-3 m/s – increasing 5-6
Temperature: 18
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds
ringed

Bredmar


Tree Pipit

Trädpiplärka 1
Robin Rödhake 2
Redstart Rödstjärt 2
Marsh Warbler Kärrsångare 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 13
Whitethroat Törnsångare 3
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 2
Blackcap Svarthätta 13
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 13
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 1
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 5
Pied Flycatcher Svartvit flugsnappare 1
Great Tit Talgoxe 1
Red-backed Shrike Törnskata 2
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 6
Greenfinch Grönfink 1


SUDD

Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 3
Whitethroat Törnsångare 1
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 1
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 6
Great Tit Talgoxe 1
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 2


1st September 2017

2017 September Posted on 01 Sep, 2017 11:55:10

Very strong winds overnight delayed opening of nets until 0600, with just 10 opened to start with but more opened as the wind eased through the morning and moved to the SW. All nets closed at 1100.

A total of 39 new birds of 9 species was an improvement on recent days.

There will be four, possibly five at the Obs tonight: Chris, Kay, Sorcha, Bosse and maybe Janne but as usual he is keeping us guessing!!!!

Wind: North-west, backing SW
Strength: Strong, 8-13 m/s, easing to 5-6
Temperature: 16
Visibility: Good, 10-20 km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry

Birds
ringed
Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 1
Whitethroat Törnsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 3
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 22
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 2
Red-backed Shrike Törnskata 2
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 6
Yellowhammer Gulsparv 1

Sightings
of interest
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 1 Foraging
Common Greenshank Gluttsnäppa 1 Call
Common Swift Tornseglare 2 Migrating
Barn Swallow Ladusvala 100 Staging
Common House Martin Hussvala 4 Staging