Friday, 17 August 2012

Kvismare fågelstation, Sweden - Day 36

 Sunrise over a millpond-like Ässön
 My first Grey Wagtail
With 0m/s wind and cloud cover overnight forecast, we visited Ässön again where we caught 105 new birds and 7 recaptures. It was quite strange that throughout the whole day, we only caught 2 adult birds which came in the form of 2 White Wagtail. All the other birds were 1cy birds. It would appear that the vast majority of adult summer migrants have made a dash for the south (except for maybe Swallow). Unless we catch some adult migrants from further north, I may have to come to terms with the fact that my next adult Reed and Sedge Warblers will be in 2013!
The obvious highlight of the day for me was a juvenile Grey Wagtail which is I species I had never before ringed so was handed the bird bag with it in. This is even more special because Grey Wagtails aren't common in the province of Närke. A really stunning bird

Totals for day are as follows: (recaps in brackets)
Reed Warbler - 18 (2)
Sedge Warbler - 7
Willow Warbler - 22 (1)
Garden Warbler - 1
Blackcap - 1 (1)
Robin - 4 (1)
Blue Tit - 2 (1)
Great Tit - (1)
White Wagtail - 4
Grey Wagtail - 1
Swallow - 38
Reed Bunting - 5 (1)
Spotted Flycatcher - 1

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