Landsort Birds Diary!

Landsort Birds Diary!

30th April 2018

2018 AprilPosted by Chris Sharpe 30 Apr, 2018 16:05:51

Nets opened at 0400 and closed at 1100. about 0500 fog arrived for about 1.5 hours, but did not bring a fall of birds.

A total of 27 new birds of 11 species for the day. Finished the month with 1,788 birds. This is significantly higher than the average by the end of April for the period 1988-2017 which stands at just 668 birds.

Peder & Bjorn headed up towards Saltmar once the mist cleared, with Bjorn leaving on the 0925 ferry and Peder leaving on the last one this evening.

Afternoon spent starting the monthly summary for April.

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

Wind: North-east
Strength: Strong, 8-13 m/s
Temperature: 5
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8 after mist
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Robin Rödhake 4
Redstart Rödstjärt 4
Song Thrush Taltrast 2
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 2
Blackcap Svarthätta 3
Chiffchaff Gransångare 6
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 1
Pied Flycatcher Svartvit flugsnappare 1
Chaffinch Bofink 2
Siskin Grönsiska 1
Reed Bunting Sävsparv 1


Sightings of interest

Eurasian Wryneck Göktyta 1
European Green Woodpecker Gröngöling 1
Sand Martin Backsvala 1


29th April 2018

2018 AprilPosted by Chris Sharpe 29 Apr, 2018 13:52:32

Opening of nets delayed until 0730 due to overnight rain continuing. Nets closed at 1145 with a good total of 79 new birds of 11 species, mostly Robin (Rödhake) and Chiffchaff (Gransångare). Caroline did the ringing this morning.

Bosse & Janne headed to SUDD once the rain stopped, while the rest headed to the north.

There will be four at the Obs overnight; Chris, Kay, Bjorn & Peder.

Wind: North-east
Strength: Strong, 8-13 m/s
Temperature: 5
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Dry after early rain


Birds ringed

Wryneck Göktyta 1
Wren Gärdsmyg 1
Robin Rödhake 25
Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 5
Blackcap Svarthätta 12
Chiffchaff Gransångare 25
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 6
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 1
Pied Flycatcher Svartvit flugsnappare 1
Reed Bunting Sävsparv 1


Sightings of interest

Northern Pintail Stjärtand 2 SUDD
Whimbrel Småspov 3 SUDD
Little Gull Dvärgmås 1
Barn Swallow Ladusvala 1 SUDD
Common House Martin Hussvala 3 SUDD
Whinchat Buskskvätta 1
Lapland Longspur Lappsparv 1


28th April 2018

2018 AprilPosted by Chris Sharpe 28 Apr, 2018 12:21:49

Nets opened at 0400 and closed at 1100 with the wind decreasing through the morning. Another quiet day for ringing, with only 20 new birds of 10 species, but these included the seasons first Redstart (Rödstjärt) and a nice selection of migrants.

Observations are still going on in the north and at SUDD, so an update on any notable sightings will be included later.

There will be ten at the Obs overnight; Chris, Kay, Lena, Bosse, Janne, Niklas, Raul, Caroline, Bjorn and Peder.

Wind: South-west
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s decreasing
Temperature: 7
Visibility: Almost clear, 1-2/8
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Robin Rödhake 1
Redstart Rödstjärt 1
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 2
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 6
Blackcap Svarthätta 1
Chiffchaff Gransångare 3
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 3
Pied Flycatcher Svartvit flugsnappare 1
Chaffinch Bofink 1


Sightings of interest

Eurasian Wigeon Bläsand 15 Migrating. Norrudden
Common Scoter Sjöorre 1,100 Migrating SUDD
Black Scoter Amerikansk sjöorre 1 Migrating with Sjöorre
Red-necked Grebe Gråhakedopping 1 Migrating SUDD
Horned Grebe Svarthakedopping 2 In pair, Norrhamn
Eurasian Hobby Lärkfalk 2 Migrating
Eurasian Oystercatcher Strandskata 50 Migrating, Norrudden
Purple Sandpiper Skärsnäppa 1 SUDD
Bar-tailed Godwit Myrspov 3 Migrating NE, Norrudden
Ruddy Turnstone Roskarl 2 Migrating NE, Norrudden
Long-eared Owl Hornuggla 1 In off the sea, SUDD
European Green Woodpecker Gröngöling 1 Saltmar, call
Black Redstart Svart rödstjärt 1 Norrudden
Common Redstart Rödstjärt 1 Male, staging. Norrudden
Northern Wheatear Stenskvätta 2 Bredmar. In pair
Ring Ouzel Ringtrast 1 Staging, village
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 25 Norrudden
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 15 Norrudden
Rook Råka 4 SUDD
Carrion Crow Kråka 1 SUDD
Twite Vinterhämpling 5 Migrating N, Norrudden




27th April 2018

2018 AprilPosted by Chris Sharpe 27 Apr, 2018 12:00:06

Nets opened at 0445 and closed at 1100 with just 11 new birds of 7 species. The third Wryneck (Göktyta) of the spring was caught - only two have ever been caught by this date in previous years; one in 2015 and one in 2016.

There will be eight at the Obs tonight: Chris, Kay, Raul, Caroline, Janne, Bosse, Lena and Niklas.

Wind: South-west
Strength: Strong, 8-11 m/s dropping
Temperature: 5
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Wryneck Göktyta 1
White Wagtail Sädesärla 2
Robin Rödhake 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 2
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 2
Chaffinch Bofink 2
Greenfinch Grönfink 1




26th April 2018

2018 AprilPosted by Chris Sharpe 26 Apr, 2018 12:20:55

Nets opened at 0445 in a strong wind, which soon dropped to be moderate through most of the morning, before decreasing to light by the time netting finished at 1100.

A total of just 11 new birds of 7 species for the day.

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

Wind: West
Strength: Moderate, reducing 4-7m/s
Temperature: 5
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 1
Robin Rödhake 3
Blackbird Koltrast 2
Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Chiffchaff Gransångare 1
Chaffinch Bofink 2
Siskin Grönsiska 1


25th April 2018

2018 AprilPosted by Chris Sharpe 25 Apr, 2018 13:31:00

Limited nets opened at 0500 due to a strong wind, which eased enough to allow all nets open by 0630, with netting finishing at 1100.

Quiet again today with just 14 new birds of 8 species, including a real rarity - an un-ringed Great Tit (Talgoxe)!!!!

The wind increased at around 1100 so the chance has been taken this afternoon to wash all bird bags and get them drying in the wind and sunshine.

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

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


Birds ringed

Dunnock Järnsparv 1
Robin Rödhake 2
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Chiffchaff Gransångare 1
Great Tit Talgoxe 1
Goldfinch Steglits 1
Siskin Grönsiska 6


Sightings of interest

Eurasian Hobby Lärkfalk 1 Migrating north
Green Sandpiper Skogssnäppa 1 Staging, Bredmar pond
Eurasian Wryneck Göktyta 1 The bird that was ringed on the 24th.
Barn Swallow Ladusvala 1 Staging


24th April 2018

2018 AprilPosted by Chris Sharpe 24 Apr, 2018 12:38:00

Nets opened at 0500 and closed at 1100 with 22 new birds of 8 species. A second Wryneck (Göktyta) for the season was a welcome addition to a decent days ringing, which included 6 Blackcap (Svarthätta). In the 30 years from 1988-2017 only 5 have ever been caught on dates earlier than the 24th April.

Repairs to boardwalks this afternoon as well as putting more signs in the village about the open guiding talks that start on 6th May and take place every Wednesday and Sunday until late August.

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

Wind: South-west
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s, increasing 8-9 m/s
Temperature: 5
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Wryneck Göktyta 1
Robin Rödhake 5
Song Thrush Taltrast 3
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 6
Chiffchaff Gransångare 2
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 2
Chaffinch Bofink 2


23rd April 2018

2018 AprilPosted by Chris Sharpe 23 Apr, 2018 11:59:17

Nets opened at 0500 and closed at 1100. Through the morning the wind increased gradually and cloud cover started at around 1030, with clear skies before that.

A total of just 25 new birds of 6 species, including the first Willow Warbler (Lövsångare) of the year.

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

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


Birds ringed

Robin Rödhake 16
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 1
Chiffchaff Gransångare 5
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 1
Chaffinch Bofink 1
Reed Bunting Sävsparv 1


Sightings of interest

Common Teal Kricka 1 Staging, Bredmar
Common Crane Trana 2 Staging, Bredmar
Eurasian Skylark Sånglärka 2 Migrating
Northern Wheatear Stenskvätta 1 Staging


22nd April 2018

2018 AprilPosted by Chris Sharpe 22 Apr, 2018 13:46:16

Nets opened at 0500 in a moderate north-west wind that backed to the south-west by the time netting finished at 1100.

Another quiet morning, with just 22 new birds of 7 species, though the last bird of the day was a 2cy Pied Flycatcher (Svartvit flugsnappare), the earliest date that one has been caught here by two days.

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

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


Birds ringed

Robin Rödhake 7
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 6
Blackcap Svarthätta 1
Chiffchaff Gransångare 5
Pied Flycatcher Svartvit flugsnappare 1
Siskin Grönsiska 1


Sightings of interest

Horned Grebe Svarthakedopping 2 Pair in Norrhamn
Eurasian Jay Nötskrika 1 SUDD
Common Raven Korp 18 Flying south past the Obs, calling


21st April 2018

2018 AprilPosted by Chris Sharpe 21 Apr, 2018 16:18:51

Nets opened at 0500 and closed at 1100 with 23 new birds caught.

Afternoon was spent measuring up to replace boardwalks, putting notices in Norrhamn about open guidings and putting up signs around the netting area to let the public know about our activities.

There will be three at the Obs overnight; Chris, Kay & Lasse.

Wind: West
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 9
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Clear, 0/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 2
Robin Rödhake 10
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 6
Redwing Rödvingetrast 1
Chiffchaff Gransångare 2
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 1


Sightings of interest

Common Scoter Sjöorre 45
Horned Grebe Svarthakedopping 2 Pair in Norrhamn
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 1
Arctic Tern Silvertärna 1+
Short-eared Owl Jorduggla 1
European Green Woodpecker Gröngöling 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker Större hackspett 1
Barn Swallow Ladusvala 1
Northern Wheatear Stenskvätta 1
Rook Råka 1




20th April 2018

2018 AprilPosted by Chris Sharpe 20 Apr, 2018 14:27:41

Nets opened at 0500 and closed at 1100 with 50 new birds of 9 species, including a male Bearded Tit (Skäggmes), This is not a species caught here much in spring, with four out of the previous five spring records in 30 years being caught in the second half of April.

A visiting birder arrived on the boat this morning, renewing an interest in birds after a 50 year gap. Despite having never met him previously and being quite busy with ringing birds when he arrived at the Obs, he very kindly left Kay with a splendid range of fresh fruit and vegetables!!! We did not really get the chance to thank him properly, or to get his name. So, if he is reading this diary - please accept our thanks and appreciation of your generosity. We hope your renewed passion for bird watching provides you with many pleasurable experiences and observations. Tack!!

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

Wind: West
Strength: Strong, 8-13 m/s
Temperature: 5
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10km
Cloud cover: Clear, 0/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 2
Robin Rödhake 33
Song Thrush Taltrast 5
Chiffchaff Gransångare 4
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 2
Bearded Tit Skäggmes 1
Chaffinch Bofink 1
Redpoll flammea Gråsiska flammea 1
Yellowhammer Gulsparv 1


19th April 2018

2018 AprilPosted by Chris Sharpe 19 Apr, 2018 18:19:29

Nets opened at 0515 and closed at 1200, after a planned guiding did not turn up.

Quieter today, with just 47 new birds, but including the first two Blackcap (Svarthätta) of the season.

Håkan headed to SUDD for migration watching and reported seeing around 15 Wheatear (Stenskvätta) and two Black Redstart (Svart Rödsjärt)

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

Wind: West
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 5
Visibility: Very good, >20km
Cloud cover: Almost clear, 1-2/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Great Spotted Woodpecker Större hackspett 1
Wren Gärdsmyg 1
Robin Rödhake 28
Blackbird Koltrast 2
Song Thrush Taltrast 9
Blackcap Svarthätta 2
Chiffchaff Gransångare 1
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 2
Chaffinch Bofink 1


Sightings of interest

Black Redstart Svart rödstjärt 2 SUDD
Northern Wheatear Stenskvätta # SUDD
Bearded Reedling Skäggmes 1 Bredmar reeds


18th April 2018

2018 AprilPosted by Chris Sharpe 18 Apr, 2018 13:58:41

Nets opened at 0500 in a slightly windier day with occasional rain from around 0845. Much quieter than the last few days but still a decent total of 64 new birds of 8 species.

While Kay went to 'land' in the afternoon for shopping Chris spent some time cleaning the kitchen cupboards. Most done with some still to have a go at tomorrow - Ahh the joys of observatory life!!!

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

Wind: West
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 5
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry with occassional light rain


Birds ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 1
Dunnock Järnsparv 2
Robin Rödhake 40
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 9
Redwing Rödvingetrast 6
Chiffchaff Gransångare 2
Chaffinch Bofink 3




17th April 2018

2018 AprilPosted by Chris Sharpe 17 Apr, 2018 14:50:15

All nets opened at 0445 and closed at 1200, with 244 new birds of 13 species to continue the excellent spring so far.

Though mostly Robin (Rödhake) good numbers of thrush were also caught, including an adult female Blackbird (Koltrast) that had a ring from the Netherlands on it. This is the 4th non-Landosrt ringed bird we have caught so far this April, the others being: Chiffchaff (Gransångare) - Norway, Robin (Rödhake) - Poland and a Goldcrest (Kungsfågel) ringed somewhere in Sweden.

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

Wind: West
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 5
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10km
Cloud cover: Partly Cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

White Wagtail Sädesärla 1
Wren Gärdsmyg 2
Dunnock Järnsparv 1
Robin Rödhake 191
Blackbird Koltrast 7
Song Thrush Taltrast 12
Redwing Rödvingetrast 7
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 1
Chiffchaff Gransångare 7
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 9
Marsh Tit Entita 1
Chaffinch Bofink 3
Siskin Grönsiska 2


Sightings of interest

Common Teal Kricka 4
Western Marsh Harrier Brun kärrhök 1 Migrating
Eurasian Woodcock Morkulla 1 Staging




16th April 2018

2018 AprilPosted by Chris Sharpe 16 Apr, 2018 16:53:13

All nets opened at 0445 in almost calm conditions and closed at 1300.

A very good spring morning for ringing, with 303 new birds caught of 15 species. This is the 2nd highest April catch total, after the 'big day' of 504 on the 15th April 2005. 202 of the new birds were Robin (Rödhake), only the 'big day' of 2005 catching more at 285. Also among the Robin was one with a Polish ring.

The first three Lesser Whitethroat (Ärtsångare) of the year were caught, the earliest they have ever been caught here by 7 days.

The total for April is now 1129, which compares very favourably with the Falsterbo total of 1241. Experience shows that Falsterbo will consistently catch more birds than here, though it is nice to reflect, even for a short time, how well our season is going so far!!

A long day but a good one!!!

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

Wind: South-west
Strength: Light, 1-3 m/s
Temperature: 5
Visibility: Haze, 1-4 km
Cloud cover: Partly Cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 4
Dunnock Järnsparv 3
Robin Rödhake 202
Blackbird Koltrast 6
Song Thrush Taltrast 10
Redwing Rödvingetrast 3
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 3
Chiffchaff Gransångare 4
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 23
Chaffinch Bofink 7
Brambling Bergfink 7
Siskin Grönsiska 27
Redpoll cabaret Gråsiska cabaret 2
Bullfinch Domherre 1
Reed Bunting Sävsparv 1


Sightings of interest

Whooper Swan Sångsvan 2
Peregrine Falcon Pilgrimsfalk 1
Common Snipe Enkelbeckasin 1
Common Redshank Rödbena 1




15th April 2018

2018 AprilPosted by Chris Sharpe 15 Apr, 2018 13:42:40

All nets opened at 0445 on a calmer morning than recently, with fog arriving around 0730 and staying dense for the rest of the session- Some nets closed at 1100 and the rest closed at 1145.

A total of 59 new birds of 11 species, including the first White Wagtail (Sädesärla) and Siskin (Grönsiska) of the season. Month total now exceeds 800.

One of the poles for the reed nets snapped during the morning, so will be replaced later - luckily no damage to the nets or birds.

The first guided talk of the season was given, to four adults and eight youngsters from a scout group.

Mats, who was full of a cold, left the island at 0930 - heading for his bed!!!

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

Wind: South-east
Strength: Moderate, 5 m/s
Temperature: 5
Visibility: Fog, <1km
Cloud cover: Overcast 8/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

White Wagtail Sädesärla 1
Wren Gärdsmyg 3
Dunnock Järnsparv 1
Robin Rödhake 40
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 2
Chiffchaff Gransångare 3
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 5
Great Tit Talgoxe 1
Chaffinch Bofink 1
Siskin Grönsiska 1




14th April 2018

2018 AprilPosted by Chris Sharpe 14 Apr, 2018 13:10:07

19 nets opened at 0445, with more opened during the morning as the strong wind gradually reduced, to give 25 nets in operation when catching finished at 1100.

A total of 21 new birds of 7 species was, once more, quiet due to the continuing NE to E winds.

Mats arrived on the morning ferry, bringing with him supplies for the season and some excellent chocolate biscuits!!

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

Wind: North-east
Strength: Strong, 8-13 m/s gradually decreasing
Temperature: 4
Visibility: Very good, >20km
Cloud cover: Clear, 0/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Dunnock Järnsparv 3
Robin Rödhake 11
Blackbird Koltrast 2
Song Thrush Taltrast 2
Chiffchaff Gransångare 1
Blue Tit Blåmes 1
Yellowhammer Gulsparv 1


13th April 2018

2018 AprilPosted by Chris Sharpe 13 Apr, 2018 11:50:10

Another day of strong NE winds reduced the number of nets opened at 0500 to 19. These were closed at 1100 with just 6 new birds caught of 5 species.

Kay spent some time this morning making some more boardwalks to put over wet sections of the netting area.

Gunnar headed south again in the morning but reported seeing even fewer birds than yesterday.

Gunnar leaves the island today, so there will be just two at the Obs overnight: Chris & Kay

Wind: North-east
Strength: Strong, 10-12 m/s
Temperature: 3
Visibility: Very good, >20 km
Cloud cover: Clear skies, 0/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Blackbird Koltrast 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Chiffchaff Gransångare 2
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 1
Chaffinch Bofink 1


Sightings of interest

Rough-legged Buzzard Fjällvråk 1 Migrating north




12th April 2018

2018 AprilPosted by Chris Sharpe 12 Apr, 2018 12:28:46

Nets opened at 0500 with a strong East to North-east wind limiting the amount of nets in operation. As expected, given the wind direction and strength, another quiet day with just 11 new birds caught of 5 species. The wind looks like it will stay from the E to N-E into Sunday, so not expecting much migration in the next few days.

Gunnar headed south at first light but also reported very few birds passing the southern tip and hardly any passerines arriving from over the sea.

There will be two at the Obs tonight: Chris & Kay. A late update - Gunnar decided the island was too beautiful to leave, so has extended his stay by one night!!

Wind: East to north-east
Strength: Strong, 10-12 m/s
Temperature: 3
Visibility: Very good, >20 km
Cloud cover: Almost clear, 1-2/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Dunnock Järnsparv 1
Robin Rödhake 6
Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 1
Chaffinch Bofink 2




11th April 2018

2018 AprilPosted by Chris Sharpe 11 Apr, 2018 11:53:10

Majority of nets open at 0500 in a mainly East to north-east wind and closed at 1100 with just 23 new birds of 8 species.

Gunnar headed south but had poor migration past the island.

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


Wind:

East to north-east
Strength: Strong, 9-11 m/s
Temperature: 2
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Clear skies, 0/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 1
Dunnock Järnsparv 1
Robin Rödhake 12
Song Thrush Taltrast 3
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 1
Great Tit Talgoxe 1
Chaffinch Bofink 3
Yellowhammer Gulsparv 1


10th April 2018

2018 AprilPosted by Chris Sharpe 10 Apr, 2018 12:23:33

Catching was limited by the strong NE winds, though 14 nets were in operation through the morning, giving just 14 new birds of 8 species. Notably quieter for birds in the area today compared to the last couple of days.

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

Wind: North-east
Strength: Strong, 8-13 m/s
Temperature: 2
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Clear skies, 0/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 2
Dunnock Järnsparv 2
Robin Rödhake 5
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 1
Redpoll cabaret Gråsiska cabaret 1
Bullfinch Domherre 1




9th April 2018

2018 AprilPosted by Chris Sharpe 09 Apr, 2018 16:02:13

Nets opened at 0500 and closed at 1300 with light winds for the session, initially from the SW with almost clear skys and then becoming E with cloud coming over after 1200.

Another good ringing total with 187 new birds of 14 species, including a Wryneck (Göktyta). This is the earliest date one has ever been caught here, the previous earliest being on 17th April 2016. Todays record also represents the third earliest date the species has been reported on Landsort, after singles on the 4th April 2011 and 8th April 2016.

A Chiffchaff (Gransångare) with a Norwegian ring on it was also caught.

The singing Serin (Gulhämpling) reported yesterday is still in the village.

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

Wind: South-west becoming East
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s dropping to light
Temperature: 5
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Almost clear, 1-2/8 becoming cloudy
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Wryneck Göktyta 1
Wren Gärdsmyg 4
Dunnock Järnsparv 3
Robin Rödhake 126
Blackbird Koltrast 5
Song Thrush Taltrast 8
Redwing Rödvingetrast 3
Chiffchaff Gransångare 3
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 26
Great Tit Talgoxe 1
Chaffinch Bofink 4
Greenfinch Grönfink 1
Bullfinch Domherre 1
Yellowhammer Gulsparv 1


Sightings of interest

European Serin Gulhämpling 1 Singing male in the village










8th April 2018

2018 AprilPosted by Chris Sharpe 08 Apr, 2018 15:44:21

All nets opened at 0500 in almost calm conditions with the wind remaining light and variable through the ringing session which ended at 1300.

A total of 276 new birds for the day of 13 species, the highest capture total for the first week of April since ringing began on site. 26 new Wren (Gärdsmyg) was a record day catch whilst 105 Goldcrest (Kungsfågel) was second highest, after 109 on 6th April 1991.

Måns, Janne & Bosse all headed to SUDD for migration watching. Do not have a summary of notable records from them for today but a male Serin (Gulhämpling) was of particular note. Due to some problems they were facing with accessing Artportalen yesterday and again today there will be a delay before their records are available for viewing

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

Wind: South
Strength: Light, 1-3 m/s, slowly increasing
Temperature: 4
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 26
Dunnock Järnsparv 5
Robin Rödhake 113
Blackbird Koltrast 4
Song Thrush Taltrast 3
Redwing Rödvingetrast 5
Chiffchaff Gransångare 7
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 105
Great Tit Talgoxe 2
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 1
Chaffinch Bofink 3
Bullfinch Domherre 1
Reed Bunting Sävsparv 1


Sightings of interest

European Serin Gulhämpling 1 Male at SUDD


7th April 2018

2018 AprilPosted by Chris Sharpe 07 Apr, 2018 13:17:56

24 nets opened at 0500 and closed at 1100 with 54 new birds of 10 species caught, including the first two Reed Bunting (Sävsparv) of the year.

An enjoyable couple of hours during the morning spent with Madeleine & Stefan from the village who very kindly brought coffee and sandwiches - always welcome and good company.

Bosse headed north, while Måns headed to the south, joined a while later by Janne. Will include a summary of their more notable sightings on the diary later.

Kay & Chris spent the afternoon putting up the last 6 nets: Bredmar reeds and Pond west now that the ice has almost gone.

There will be 5 at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay, Måns, Janne & Bosse

Wind: South
Strength: Light, 1-3 m/s, slowly increasing
Temperature: 2
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 4
Dunnock Järnsparv 6
Robin Rödhake 31
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Blue Tit Blåmes 1
Great Tit Talgoxe 1
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 1
Chaffinch Bofink 6
Bullfinch Domherre 1
Reed Bunting Sävsparv 2


Sightings of interest

Bredmar
Whooper Swan Sångsvan 4 Migrating
Northern Lapwing Tofsvipa 1 Migrating
Common Wood Pigeon Ringduva 50 Migrating
European Green Woodpecker Gröngöling 1 Heard
Wood Lark Trädlärka 1 Migrating
Great Grey Shrike Varfågel 1 Staging


Seen in north
Whooper Swan Sångsvan 15 Migrating NE
Common Shelduck Gravand 1 Migrating NE
Eurasian Wigeon Bläsand 3 Migrating NE
Common Pochard Brunand 1 Male, Norrhamn
Common Eider Ejder 6,200 Migrating NE
Great Crested Grebe Skäggdopping 5 Seen from north
Northern Goshawk Duvhök 1 Staging
Common Crane Trana 1 Migrating
Eurasian Oystercatcher Strandskata 47 Migrating NE
European Green Woodpecker Gröngöling 2 Heard between Saltmar and north
Ring Ouzel Ringtrast 1 Male

Seen from SUDD

Whooper Swan Sångsvan 46 Migrating NE
Bean Goose Sädgås 2 SUDD
Barnacle Goose Vitkindad gås 7 Migrating NE, SUDD
Common Eider Ejder 2,100 Migrating NE
Horned Grebe Svarthakedopping 2 Migrating SUDD
Hen Harrier Blå kärrhök 1 Male, in off the sea - SUDD
Osprey Fiskgjuse 1 In off the sea - SUDD
Common Crane Trana 2 Migrating
Green Sandpiper Skogssnäppa 1 Migrating, SUDD
Long-eared Owl Hornuggla 1 In off the sea - SUDD
Short-eared Owl Jorduggla 1 In off the sea - SUDD






6th April 2018

2018 AprilPosted by Chris Sharpe 06 Apr, 2018 16:50:39

Very strong winds overnight - up to 21m/s continued through the day. So there was just two nets that could be opened at 0600. Closed at 0815 when snow showers and a longer period of snow arrived.

Just 6 new birds caught.

There will be five at the Obs tonight: Chris, Kay, Måns, Janne & Bosse

Wind: South-west
Strength: Very strong, 14-19 m/s
Temperature: 3
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10 km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Light snow, becoming heavier from 0815


Birds ringed

Dunnock Järnsparv 2
Robin Rödhake 3
Blackbird Koltrast 1

Sightings of interest
White-tailed Eagle Havsörn 3
Common Kestrel Tornfalk 1
Common Crane Trana 4 Heading south over the Obs
Northern Lapwing Tofsvipa 2 Flying overhead
Common Wood Pigeon Ringduva 80 Migrating
European Green Woodpecker Gröngöling 1 Heard, Saltmar
Great Spotted Woodpecker Större hackspett 2 As pair - Saltmar
Eurasian Skylark Sånglärka 6
Great Grey Shrike Varfågel 1


5th April 2018

2018 AprilPosted by Chris Sharpe 05 Apr, 2018 15:37:26

Only a few nets opened at 0515 as most were frozen shut due to yesterdays rain freezing them shut overnight. Eventually all available nets opened until 0845 when a band of rain caused ringing to be stopped until nets were opened again from 1045 until 1300.

A good mornings ringing with 123 new birds of 14 species, including the 18th Long-eared Owl (Hornuggla) at the Obs, only the 3rd ever spring bird, the last being on 9th May 1991. A spring day record (10) for Wren (Gärdsmyg) also.

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

Wind: South-west
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 3
Visibility: Haze, 1-4 km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Light rain from 0845 until 1030
Birds ringed
Long-eared Owl Hornuggla 1
Wren Gärdsmyg 10
Dunnock Järnsparv 11
Robin Rödhake 42
Blackbird Koltrast 11
Song Thrush Taltrast 6
Redwing Rödvingetrast 1
Chiffchaff Gransångare 1
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 27
Blue Tit Blåmes 3
Chaffinch Bofink 7
Brambling Bergfink 1
Redpoll Gråsiska 1
Bullfinch Domherre 1


4th April 2018

2018 AprilPosted by Chris Sharpe 04 Apr, 2018 14:09:12

24 nets opened at 0600 and continued until 1145 when rain arrived. Pleasing to get the first migrant Robin (Rödhake) and Goldcrest (Kungsfågel). Warmer this morning, starting at +2 and rising to +4 by the time netting finished.

A mist descended a couple of hours before the rain arrived, bringing a small fall of migrants, notably a flock of Chaffinch (Bofink), with one Brambling (Bergfink) that dropped down to feed along the road by the Obs.

The first Common Frog of the year seen, sitting in the lab!!!

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

Wind: South-east
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 2 rinsing to 4
Visibility: Haze, 1-4 km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Dry until rain at 1145


Birds ringed

Robin Rödhake 2
Song Thrush Taltrast 2
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 8
Great Tit Talgoxe 5
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 1
Chaffinch Bofink 1
Yellowhammer Gulsparv 1


Sightings of interest

Common Kestrel Tornfalk 1 Male - hunting around the Obs
Common Chaffinch Bofink 81 Feeding at the Obs. Only 5 females
Brambling Bergfink 1 Feeding at the Obs


3rd April 2018

2018 AprilPosted by Chris Sharpe 03 Apr, 2018 15:45:24

All 24 nets opened at 0600 and kept open until 1100. Cold early on and remaining below 0 in the shade, but a good amount of sunshine encouraged the two viper seen yesterday to bask again in front of the Obs.

Just 8 new birds for the day, including 6 Blackbird (Koltrast) and the first Wren (Gärdsmyg) of the season.

Early afternoon was spent clearing away old nails that were dropped in the grass and on the road when the roof was replaced in the winter. Worthwhile - nearly 2 buckets of nails and old roof material removed. Also found the thermostat for the outside temperature gauge that was lost last year when the windows were replaced. Repaired and now working again. Fixed the roof on the small shed north of the Obs - no more banging during windy nights. At least that is the plan!!!

Tore used the drone this afternoon to go out to Bredgrund lighthouse off the south of the island, where several hundred Long-tailed Duck were gathered on the water. Later, time permitting, we will take a screen grab and see if we can get a more accurate count.

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

Wind: West
Strength: Light, 1-3 m/s
Temperature: -4
Visibility: Very good, >20km
Cloud cover: Almost clear, 1-2/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed
Wren Gärdsmyg 1
Blackbird Koltrast 6
Blue Tit Blåmes 1


Sightings of interest
Pink-footed Goose Spetsbergsgås 8 Migrating north
Greylag Goose Grågås 4
Canada Goose Kanadagås 7 Migrating north
Common Eider Ejder 183 Flying over Obs
Common Eider Ejder 400 At sea by Bredgrund
Long-tailed Duck Alfågel 760 At sea by Bredgrund
White-tailed Eagle Havsörn 1 Flying overhead
Black-headed Gull Skrattmås 2
Stock Dove Skogsduva 1 Over the Obs
Common Wood Pigeon Ringduva 151 Mostly flying south over the Obs
European Green Woodpecker Gröngöling 1 Heard
Eurasian Skylark Sånglärka 1 Heard
Common Raven Korp 3 Over obs - 2 as a pair
European Goldfinch Steglits 1 Heard
Eurasian Siskin Grönsiska 1 Heard


2nd April 2018

2018 AprilPosted by Chris Sharpe 02 Apr, 2018 12:35:28

An overcast start to the day with cloud clearing through the morning. 20 nets opened at 0600 and closed at 1100 with just two new birds caught, both Great Tit (Talgoxe). Only one retrap - also a Great Tit. Fewer birds in the area this morning than yesterday.

The first two Viper of the season were observed today, sunning themselves at the entrance to a hole in the ground in front of the Observatory building.

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

Wind: North
Strength: Strong wind, 8-13 m/s
Temperature: 1 (-6 windchill)
Visibility: Very good, >20km
Cloud cover: Partly clouded, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry

Birds ringed
Great Tit Talgoxe 2





1st April 2018

2018 AprilPosted by Chris Sharpe 01 Apr, 2018 14:52:23

19 nets opened at 0545: the first ringing day of the 2018 season, with Caroline helping for some of the time. Nets closed at 1100 with 16 new birds of four species for the day. Also caught were 29 retraps from earlier years, mainly Talgoxe (Great Tit) and Blåmes (Blue Tit) but also including one Gulsparv (Yellowhammer) which was ringed here on 20th April 2013.

Raul & Caroline braved a cold wind to spend some time migration watching in the south, though with little reward!

A potential new member, Henrik, who had camped in the north overnight spent some time at the Obs, warming up, sharing some coffee and a chat and watching ringing taking place.

New Board member Lars-Åke Liden arrived to spend some time with us, chatting through the opportunities that exist for developing the work and profile of the Observatory.

Raul & Caroline leave on the afternoon ferry to give two at the Obs overnight: Chris & Kay.

Wind: North-east
Strength: Strong wind, 8-13 m/s
Temperature: 0
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Dry

Birds ringed
Fieldfare Björktrast 2
Blue Tit Blåmes 8
Great Tit Talgoxe 5
Chaffinch Bofink 1