Thursday, 30 August 2012

Kvismare fågelstation, Sweden - Day 49

Adult male Yellow Wagtail - Bird presumably flava, however in the field, the head seemed surprisingly dark, so thunbergi/thunbergi hybrid influence was considered.
Craig did well to catch this stunning juvenile Black-headed Gull that was hilariously tame. The 'most juvenile' Black-head I've handled outside of a colony.
I posted a photo on 14th August of a juvenile Lesser Whitethroat's tail based on the brown tip to the 2nd outermost tail feather. This adult showed a lovely white tip. A nice reminder for future reference.

Today we visited Ässön, however I stayed in bed for a little longer in order to let out last nights 53 Swallow that roosted in a large cage in the house last night.
We caught a total of 77 new birds and 8 recaptures today and we took down the nets earlier than normal because Ässön is a place where the birds just 'switch off' and three consecutive net rounds produced no birds.
Highlights came in the form of the first adult Lesser Whitethroat of the year, a new juvenile Great Reed Warbler and a smart juvenile Black-headed Gull.

Totals for the morning: (recaps in brackets)
Reed Warbler - 10 (1)
Sedge Warbler - 3
Willow Warbler - 5 (1)
Garden Warbler - 1
Blackcap - 5
Lesser Whitethroat - 1
Whitethroat - 1
Great Reed Warbler - 1
Blackbird - 2
Robin - 24 (1)
Reed Bunting - 3 (1)
Swallow - 2
White Wagtail - 12
Yellow Wagtail - 1
Tree Pipit - 1
Wren - 1
Blue Tit - 1
Great Tit - 2 (4)
Black-headed Gull - 1

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