Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Kvismare fågelstation, Sweden - Day 47

3cy+ female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Wing of a 3cy+ Lesser Spot
Shrikes are known for their feistiness...this was no exception
The first time I have seen a contrast within the Great coverts of a Blue Tit. The first time I have been 'excited' by moult in a bird...ever!
(For future reference) Wing of a Garden Warbler

Weather was perfect for Ässön, so we set off from the Obs at 03.45 and were set before it was light. There was a clear movement of migrants overhead with the highlight for me being a single Parrot Crossbill flying low south, calling.
In terms of ringing, we caught 129 new birds and 14 recaps. Highlights came in the form of a new adult female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (my first female EVER!) which was really nice. It was great to see how obvious the bright red eye was, compared to the juveniles. A large surprise was also to catch a juvenile Red-backed Shrike in what we call 'the crap net' because it's in the worst place you could imagine for catching birds (exposed and in the open with very little cover next to the net), but it can be amazing for catching birds!

Totals for the day were: (recaps in brackets)
Swallow - 61
Reed Warbler - 22 (2)
Sedge Warbler - 2
Willow Warbler - 10 (1)
Garden Warbler - 3
Blackcap - 2
Blue Tit - 5 (2)
Great Tit - (4)
Goldcrest - 2
Robin - 11 (2)
Spotted Flycatcher - 1
White Wagtail - 1
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker - 1
Red-backed Shrike - 1
Nuthatch - 1
Reed Bunting - 5 (3)
House Martin** - 1

**House Martin would've been a highlight for me as this would be a new species seen in the hand, however this was on the one net round that I didn't attend because I drove back to house to get more rings...which we didn't even use! Gutted!

1 comment:

Craig said...

House Martin. Grip don't dip!