Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Kvismare fågelstation, Sweden - Day 34

recap juvenile Marsh Warbler - Sorry if I am boring you with Marsh Warblers...I just really like them!
Note the long primaries of the closed wing with obvious pale fringing and that p9 is longer than p7 on the open wing, which is one of the diagnostic features of the wing formula
Again, the long primaries, with pale fringing and the very clean looking tertials help to ID this as Marsh.
One of the best birds of the day came in the form of a controlled Reed Warbler which was ringed in Belgium
Continued good weather for migrants ensured a follow up trip to Ässön where we caught 62 new bird and 8 recaptures. The decrease in birds from yesterday is presumably due to the sudden increase in wind mid-morning. Non-ringing highlights came in the form of 3 Honey Buzzard and a movement of Cormorant away from their colony with a flock of at least 50 birds which was quite a sight.

Totals for the morning included: (recaps in brackets)
Reed Warbler - 4 (2)
Sedge Warbler - 6
Willow Warbler - 11 (2)
Marsh Warbler - (1)
Garden Warbler - 1
Lesser Whitethroat - 1
Robin - 3
Great Tit - 3 (3)
Marsh Tit - 1
White Wagtail - 14
Blackbird - 1
Swallow - 13
Reed Bunting - 4
This evening, we went to a usual spot where a Beaver hangs out. Because it was lovely calm weather, I took the opportunity to get some pleasing photos of this fantastic animal. We also saw c650 Common Cranes which is quite a sight!

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