Landsort Birds Diary!

Landsort Birds Diary!

31st July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 31 Jul, 2018 12:42:00

Nets opened at 0345 and closed at 1100 with 23 new birds of 10 species, including 5 Garden Warbler (Trädgårdssångare).

Month-end reports to do during rest of the day.

There will be four at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay, Nick & Jackie.

Wind: South
Strength: Light wind, 1-3 m/s
Temperature: 25
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Almost clear, 1-2/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Blackbird Koltrast 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 6
Whitethroat Törnsångare 1
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 5
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 1
Pied Flycatcher Svartvit flugsnappare 1
Starling Stare 4
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 1
Greenfinch Grönfink 2
Linnet Hämpling 1


30th July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 30 Jul, 2018 11:53:35

Nets opened at 0345 and closed at 1100 with 9 new birds of 6 species.

There will be four at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay, Nick & Jackie.

Wind: East
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 25
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

White Wagtail Sädesärla 2
Thrush Nightingale Näktergal 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 3
Whitethroat Törnsångare 1
Red-backed Shrike Törnskata 1
Yellowhammer Gulsparv 1


29th July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 29 Jul, 2018 14:21:07

Nets opened at 0530 after it was clear that the predicted rain was not going to happen!!! Nets closed at 1145 with 20 new birds of 13 species including the 3rd Swift (Tornseglare) of the year and the first Grasshopper Warbler (Gräshoppsångare).

Guided talk given to five adults and one youngster from 1130 until 1245.

Bosse & Lena left the Obs on the 0930 ferry.

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

Wind: South-east
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 24
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Dry after a little early rain


Birds ringed

Swift Tornseglare 1
Swallow Ladusvala 1
White Wagtail Sädesärla 1
Thrush Nightingale Näktergal 1
Wheatear Stenskvätta 1
Grasshopper Warbler Gräshoppsångare 1
Sedge Warbler Sävsångare 1
Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 3
Wood Warbler Grönsångare 1
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 1
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 3
Yellowhammer Gulsparv 4




28th July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 28 Jul, 2018 11:36:33

Limited nets opened at 0730 until 1100 due to strong NE winds

Zero birds caught!!

There will be four at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay, Bosse and Lena.

Wind: North-east
Strength: Strong, 11-13 m/s
Temperature: 25
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

No birds


27th July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 27 Jul, 2018 16:51:27

Nets opened at 0345 and closed at 1145 with 19 new birds of 8 species.

A guided talk given for two people from 1130 until 1245.

Janne & Bosse were briefly up at Bredmar, but very few birds passing, so spent a bit of time at the Obs.

There will be four at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay, Bosse and Lena.

Wind: East
Strength: Moderate, 3-6 m/s
Temperature: 24
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Clear, 0/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Swallow Ladusvala 1
Thrush Nightingale Näktergal 1
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 5
Whitethroat Törnsångare 2
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 2
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 6


26th July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 26 Jul, 2018 13:25:25

Nets opened at 0345 and closed at 1100 with 17 new birds of 12 species.

There will be five at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay, Lena, Bosse & Janne.

Wind: South
Strength: Moderate, 3-6 m/s
Temperature: 25
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Clear, 0/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Blackbird Koltrast 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 3
Whitethroat Törnsångare 1
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 1
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 1
Red-backed Shrike Törnskata 2
Starling Stare 2
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 2
Chaffinch Bofink 1
Greenfinch Grönfink 1


25th July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 25 Jul, 2018 13:40:30

Nets opened at 0345 and closed at 1145 with 24 new birds of 15 species.

Guided talk given to 6 people from 1130 until 1245.

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


Wind: South
Strength: Light, 1-4 m/s
Temperature: 23
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Clear, 0/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

White Wagtail Sädesärla 1
Robin Rödhake 1
Thrush Nightingale Näktergal 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 6
Whitethroat Törnsångare 4
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 1
Pied Flycatcher Svartvit flugsnappare 1
Great Tit Talgoxe 1
Starling Stare 1
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 2
Chaffinch Bofink 1
Greenfinch Grönfink 1
Linnet Hämpling 1
Redpoll cabaret Gråsiska cabaret 1




24th July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 24 Jul, 2018 13:15:30

Nets opened at 0345 and closed at 1100 with 21 new birds of 10 species.

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

Wind: South-west
Strength: Light, 1-4 m/s
Temperature: 24
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Clear, 0/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

White Wagtail Sädesärla 2
Robin Rödhake 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 6
Blackcap Svarthätta 1
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 2
Red-backed Shrike Törnskata 2
Chaffinch Bofink 2
Siskin Grönsiska 2
Yellowhammer Gulsparv 2


23rd July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 23 Jul, 2018 13:49:54

Nets opened at 0345 and closed at 1100 with 29 new birds of 13 species, including the first Green Woodpecker (Gröngöling) of the year, the 6th bird in three years (all in July) and the 14th ringed here.

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

Wind: South-west
Strength: Moderate, 5-6 m/s
Temperature: 23
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Clear, 0/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Green Woodpecker Gröngöling 1
Swallow Ladusvala 1
White Wagtail Sädesärla 2
Wheatear Stenskvätta 1
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 1
Whitethroat Törnsångare 3
Starling Stare 11
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 2
Chaffinch Bofink 2
Greenfinch Grönfink 2
Linnet Hämpling 1
Yellowhammer Gulsparv 1


22nd July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 22 Jul, 2018 16:10:46

Restricted net opening at 0345 due to strong west wind which decreased a bit during the morning. Nets closed at 1145

8 hours, 8 birds, 8 species - ate lunch!!!

A guided talk given to two people from 1130 until 1230 - both friends of island residents. No summer visitors or day-trip visitors!

In the afternoon we replaced rotten boardwalks near the pond and in the south round - warm work, but hopefully the last 'major' repair jobs now done ready for the autumn season. One of the few plus-sides of this dry weather is that the vegetation is growing so slowly there is less trimming to do!!!


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

Wind: West, backing to South
Strength: Strong, 8-13m/s, decreasing
Temperature: 23
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Almost clear, 1-2/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Cuckoo Gök 1
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 1
Whitethroat Törnsångare 1
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 1
Yellowhammer Gulsparv 1


21st July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 21 Jul, 2018 13:58:32

Nets opened at 0345 and closed at 1100 with 21 new birds of 10 species.

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

Wind: North-west, backing to South
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 23
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8, clearing to 3/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Swallow Ladusvala 1
Thrush Nightingale Näktergal 1
Blackbird Koltrast 3
Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 3
Whitethroat Törnsångare 1
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 1
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 2
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 6
Greenfinch Grönfink 2


20th July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 20 Jul, 2018 18:19:25

Nets opened at 0415 and closed at 1145 with 24 new birds of 15 species including the first autumn Wood Warbler (Grönsångare), a 1cy bird. The best bird however was a Grey Wagtail (Forsärla) another 1cy bird and the first ever trapped at the Observatory.

A guided talk was given to 3 adults and 2 youngsters from 1130 until 1230, with a film crew arriving towards the end of it. Unfortunately they had to head north for 1300hrs and did not return, despite having undertaken to do so. After 1600, a couple of phone calls unanswered and a few hours wasted we gave up. Seems they left the island at 1400 and failed to let us know!!

With no rain on the island for a month and none forecast could we make a couple of requests to readers of the diary. Firstly, those of you visiting the island - please do not discard your used cigarettes on the ground, not even the road. Everywhere is so dry it will just take one mistake and the results could be a disaster!!! Today we have found 8 discarded cigarette ends!!!

Secondly, if you can, please find a way of putting water out for the birds - they need it to bathe (getting rid of parasites in the feathers) and to drink. It only needs to be shallow water, not deep, and with sloping sides so birds can walk in and out. They will appreciate it greatly and reward you with easy bird-watching and hours of enjoyment - THANK YOU, on behalf of the birds!!!

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

Wind: North-west
Strength: Light, 3-4 m/s
Temperature: 25
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Almost clear, 1-2/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Grey Wagtail Forsärla 1
White Wagtail Sädesärla 1
Robin Rödhake 1
Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 2
Whitethroat Törnsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 2
Wood Warbler Grönsångare 1
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 3
Red-backed Shrike Törnskata 1
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 4
Greenfinch Grönfink 1
Goldfinch Steglits 1
Linnet Hämpling 1
Yellowhammer Gulsparv 3


19th July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 19 Jul, 2018 16:10:20

Nets opened at 0415 and closed at 1100 with 16 new birds of 10 species.

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

Wind: North-east
Strength: Moderate, 7-8 m/s
Temperature: 23
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Robin Rödhake 1
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Marsh Warbler Kärrsångare 1
Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 3
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 1
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 1
Red-backed Shrike Törnskata 1
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 5


18th July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 18 Jul, 2018 14:58:51

Nets opened at 0415 and closed at 1145 with 26 new birds of 14 species.

These included an adult female Woodcock (Morkulla), the 14th trapped at the Obs and the first since June 2007. Todays bird was flushed from the reeds early in the morning, giving a distraction display, with audible young nearby. Was caught in the net on the next net-round.

Also of note was the catching of 11 Starling (Stare), an autumn day record for the Obs: part of a much larger flock that were feeding on cherries near the canopy nets.

A guided talk given from 1130 until 1245 to six adults and 2 youngsters.

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

Wind: North-east
Strength: Strong, 8-10 m/s
Temperature: 25
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Woodcock Morkulla 1
Wryneck Göktyta 1
Swallow Ladusvala 1
White Wagtail Sädesärla 1
Robin Rödhake 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 1
Great Tit Talgoxe 1
Starling Stare 11
Greenfinch Grönfink 1
Linnet Hämpling 3
Scarlet Rosefinch Rosenfink 1
Yellowhammer Gulsparv 1




17th July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 17 Jul, 2018 13:08:41

All nets opened at 0415 but some close at 0600 as the wind increased to 9-10m/s.

Just 11 new birds of 9 species.

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

Wind: North-east
Strength: Strong, 9-10 m/s
Temperature: 23
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Almost clear, 1-2/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Wryneck Göktyta 1
White Wagtail Sädesärla 1
Robin Rödhake 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 2
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 1
Blue Tit Blåmes 1
Red-backed Shrike Törnskata 1
Starling Stare 2


16th July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 16 Jul, 2018 15:51:28

All nets opened at 0415 and closed at 1100 with 21 new birds of 11 species, including the first fledged Blackcap (Svarthätta) and Red-backed Shrike (Törnskata) of the year.

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

Wind: Variable
Strength: Light, 1-3 m/s
Temperature: 25
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Clear, 0/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

White Wagtail Sädesärla 1
Blackbird Koltrast 4
Song Thrush Taltrast 2
Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 3
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 4
Blackcap Svarthätta 1
Marsh Tit Entita 1
Red-backed Shrike Törnskata 1
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 2
Chaffinch Bofink 1
Greenfinch Grönfink 1


Sightings of interest

Grey Heron Gråhäger 35 Migrating south in groups of: 19, 8 & 9
White-tailed Eagle Havsörn 1 Adult, flying overhead
Green Sandpiper Skogssnäppa 5 Staging, 3 on Bredmar pond & 2 at Bredmar - all at same time


15th July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 15 Jul, 2018 15:11:45

All nets opened at 0415 and closed at 1145. A total of 21 new birds of 11 species, including the first Woodpigeon (Ringduva) of the year, only the 9th trapped here.

From 1130 until 1245 a guided talk given to five people, all of who have island connections. Noticeable that we are not getting non-islanders now.

Straight after the guiding finished we were off to the village to appear, in very minor roles, in a play 'Storm in a water glass'. Today, and yesterdays performances were very well attended and were clearly enjoyed by everyone!!!

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

Wind: West
Strength: Light, 1-3 m/s
Temperature: 24
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Clear, 0/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Wood Pigeon Ringduva 1
White Wagtail Sädesärla 1
Blackbird Koltrast 2
Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 2
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 5
Blackcap Svarthätta 1
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 2
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 1
Greenfinch Grönfink 4
Goldfinch Steglits 1
Scarlet Rosefinch Rosenfink 1


14th July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 14 Jul, 2018 13:19:28

Nets opened at 0415 and closed at 1100 with 15 new birds of 7 species.

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

Wind: North-west, becoming east then south
Strength: Light, 1-3 m/s
Temperature: 24
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Almost clear, 1-2/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Wheatear Stenskvätta 1
Blackbird Koltrast 2
Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 2
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 4
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 2
Greenfinch Grönfink 2
Scarlet Rosefinch Rosenfink 2


13th July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 13 Jul, 2018 14:19:18

Nets opened at 0415 and closed at 1100 with 23 new birds of 13 species. Included in this was a brood of very recently fledged Lesser Whitethroat (Ärtsångare) from the nest in the honeysuckle in front of the Observatory. After watching the adults build the nest, then take food into the young over the last few weeks, the young left the nest today and were seen sitting in the sunshine. Picked up, ringed and returned!!!

First fledged Icterine Warblers (Härmsångare) also caught.

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

Wind: North-east
Strength: Light, 1-3 m/s
Temperature: 24
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Clear, 0/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Robin Rödhake 1
Thrush Nightingale Näktergal 1
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Reed Warbler Rörsångare 1
Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 4
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 5
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 2
Blue Tit Blåmes 1
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 1
Chaffinch Bofink 1
Greenfinch Grönfink 2
Linnet Hämpling 2
Redpoll cabaret Gråsiska cabaret 1




12th July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 12 Jul, 2018 16:02:16

Nets opened at 0415 and closed at 1100 with 14 new birds of 8 species including the first Red-backed Shrike (Törnskata) of the autumn, a female with a well developed brood patch.

Niklas put some hours in migration watching again but with very few birds.

Göran, who arrived on the last ferry yesterday and left early this morning must be one of the luckiest birders I know. Having arrived with the strong wish to see a Sandwich Tern (Kentsk tärna) he was fortunate enough to report seeing one flying west past the south of the island this morning!!!!

Niklas and Göran both left the Obs today to give just two overnight: Chris & Kay.

Wind: North-east
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 23
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Clear, 0/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Swallow Ladusvala 1
Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 4
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 1
Whitethroat Törnsångare 1
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 3
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 2
Red-backed Shrike Törnskata 1
Linnet Hämpling 1


11th July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 11 Jul, 2018 13:15:46

Nets opened at 0415 in almost calm conditions with a very light wind from the East, which increased to 7 m/s in the last hour of netting, which finished at 1145.

20 new birds of 14 species were caught during the session.

There was no public guiding today.

Niklas headed out to migration watch but there was no movement of birds so he went north to see what was on the island.

There will be four at the Obs overnight; Chris, Kay, Niklas & Goran.

Wind: East
Strength: Light, 1-3 m/s, increasing to 7 m/s by the end
Temperature: 24
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

White Wagtail Sädesärla 1
Robin Rödhake 1
Thrush Nightingale Näktergal 2
Reed Warbler Rörsångare 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 1
Whitethroat Törnsångare 2
Blackcap Svarthätta 1
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 1
Blue Tit Blåmes 2
Great Tit Talgoxe 1
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 3
Chaffinch Bofink 2
Goldfinch Steglits 1
Redpoll Gråsiska 1




10th July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 10 Jul, 2018 16:43:14

Nets opened at 0415 and closed at 1100 with a light, occasionally moderate, East wind that backed to the SE during the morning.

A total of 22 new birds of 11 species including the first fledged young for: Rosefinch (Rosenfink), Icterine Warbler (Härmsångare), Linnet (Hämpling) and Pied Flycatcher (Svartvit flugsnappare).

Niklas & Mikael headed south for migration watching at 0330.

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

Wind: East, backing South-east
Strength: Moderate, 3-5 m/s
Temperature: 24
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Almost clear, 1-2/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 3
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 2
Blackcap Svarthätta 1
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 1
Pied Flycatcher Svartvit flugsnappare 1
Blue Tit Blåmes 1
Chaffinch Bofink 2
Greenfinch Grönfink 2
Linnet Hämpling 6
Scarlet Rosefinch Rosenfink 2


9th July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 09 Jul, 2018 14:33:34

Nets opened at 0415 in a light SW wind that soon backed to East and increased to moderate, occasionally strong. Nets closed at 1100 with 17 new birds of 10 species.

Included in the captures was the fifth Greenish Warbler (Lundsångare) of the year, equalling the best previous year for the species (1988). This bird had a brood patch that was re-growing, indicating that it might have bred, or attempted to breed on the island.

There will be four at the Obs overnight; Chris, Kay, Mikael and Niklas.

Wind: south-west, backing east
Strength: Moderate, occasionally strong, 4-9 m/s
Temperature: 17
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

White Wagtail Sädesärla 2
Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 2
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 2
Whitethroat Törnsångare 1
Greenish Warbler Lundsångare 1
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 4
Blue Tit Blåmes 2
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 1
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 1
Greenfinch Grönfink 1


8th July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 08 Jul, 2018 16:10:17

All nets opened at 0415 and closed at 1145 with 13 new birds of 8 species.

A guided talk was given from 1130 until 1245 to three adults and three children.

Mark & Karen left the island today after having spent a few very enjoyable days on a very sunny Landsort. Great to have spent some time with friends from the Isle of Man!

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

Wind: West, backing SW
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 23
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Clear, 0/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

White Wagtail Sädesärla 4
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 2
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 2
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 1
Blue Tit Blåmes 1
Great Tit Talgoxe 1
Redpoll cabaret Gråsiska cabaret 1


7th July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 07 Jul, 2018 12:16:43

Nets opened at 0415 in almost calm conditions with a very light wind from NE. Wind increased slightly for a while before it backed to NW and became almost calm again with a very light drops of rain for 15 minutes around 1000. Nets closed at 1100 with 31 new birds of 16 species including adult Sedge Warbler (Sävsångare) and Marsh Warbler (Kärrsångare), though neither showed signs that suggested they were breeding on the island, so presumably return migrants.

There will be four at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay, Mark & Karen.

Wind: North-east backing North-west
Strength: Light, 1-3 m/s
Temperature: 21
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10 km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Sry with a light shower at 1000


Birds ringed

Swallow Ladusvala 1
White Wagtail Sädesärla 3
Robin Rödhake 3
Wheatear Stenskvätta 1
Sedge Warbler Sävsångare 1
Marsh Warbler Kärrsångare 1
Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 8
Whitethroat Törnsångare 1
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 2
Blackcap Svarthätta 1
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 1
Blue Tit Blåmes 2
Chaffinch Bofink 2
Greenfinch Grönfink 2
Goldfinch Steglits 1


6th July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 06 Jul, 2018 11:55:36

Nets opened at 0415 and closed at 1100 with 17 new birds of 11 species including the first fledged Swallow (Ladusvala) and Goldfinch (Steglits) of the year.

There will be four at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay, Mark & Karen.

Wind: West
Strength: Light, 1-3 m/s
Temperature: 22
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Swallow Ladusvala 1
Robin Rödhake 1
Thrush Nightingale Näktergal 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 3
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 2
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 1
Blue Tit Blåmes 3
Greenfinch Grönfink 1
Goldfinch Steglits 1
Yellowhammer Gulsparv 2


5th July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 05 Jul, 2018 11:57:06

All nets opened at 0415 in calm conditions with light cloud cover which soon cleared to give 100% sunshine. Nets closed at 1100 with 21 new birds of 9 species including a further two Common Crossbill (Mindre korsnäbb).

Mikael headed south at first light but reported a quiet morning for migration.

There will be four at the Obs overnight; Chris, Kay, Mark & Karen.

Wind: South-west
Strength: Calm to light, 0-3m/s
Temperature: 21
Visibility: Verey good, >20km
Cloud cover: Almost clear then clear, 0/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

White Wagtail Sädesärla 2
Robin Rödhake 1
Thrush Nightingale Näktergal 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 4
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 2
Blue Tit Blåmes 7
Great Tit Talgoxe 1
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 1
Crossbill Mindre korsnäbb 2


4th July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 04 Jul, 2018 13:55:20

Nets opened at 0415 and closed at 1145 with 15 new birds of 11 species. Included in these were the first Cuckoo (Gök) of the year and a Crested Tit (Tofsmes), only the fifth ever trapped here. Mikael and a lucky group here for a guiding all got to see it!

A guided talk was given from 1130 until 1245 to six adults and seven under 16yr olds.

Mikael arrived on the early ferry and had a walk north but reported that the island was very quiet for birds.

There will be five at the Obs overnight; Chris, Kay, Mikael and Mark & Karen, friends of ours from the Isle of Man who are here until Sunday.

Wind: North-west
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 19
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Clear, 0/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Cuckoo Gök 1
White Wagtail Sädesärla 2
Robin Rödhake 1
Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 2
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 2
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 1
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 1
Marsh Tit Entita 1
Crested Tit Tofsmes 1
Great Tit Talgoxe 2
Greenfinch Grönfink 1


3rd July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 03 Jul, 2018 12:30:23

All nets opened at 0415 and closed at 1100 with 20 new birds of 12 species caught.

During the morning up to 70 Swift (Tornseglare) were feeding over the Observatory, with groups of 20+ at a time flying low past the building, 'screech' displaying. Some of these birds will be the 8 regular birds that are associating with the Obs and at least four of the nest boxes were investigated by the larger flock that has been around from mid-morning.

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

Wind: North to North-east
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 18
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

White Wagtail Sädesärla 1
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 3
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 4
Chiffchaff Gransångare 1
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 1
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 1
Blue Tit Blåmes 3
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 1
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 2
Chaffinch Bofink 1
Linnet Hämpling 1


2nd July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 02 Jul, 2018 12:42:16

Limited nets opened at 0415 due to the continuing strong winds which varied between NW and NE through the morning.

Eleven new birds of 6 species, including the first fledged Robin (Rödhake) of the year.

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

Wind: North to North-east
Strength: Strong, 7-13 m/s
Temperature: 19
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8, 1-2/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Robin Rödhake 1
Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 6
Great Tit Talgoxe 1
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 1
Linnet Hämpling 1




1st July 2018

2018 JuliPosted by Chris Sharpe 01 Jul, 2018 16:13:06

Limited nets opened at 0530 due to strong wind. Nets closed at 1145. A total of 11 new birds of 8 species including a male Common Crossbill (Mindre korsnäbb), the 10th caught at the Obs, the first ever in July.

A guided talk given to three people from 1130 until 1315.

Kay has painted the window surrounds in the hall and the boarding under the window in room 4. All grass on paths and along netting areas trimmed this afternoon.

A report on the work of the Observatory in June is available on the website: http://www.landsort-birds.se/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/website_-_June_2018.pdf

A report on the monitoring of nest boxes in 2018 is also available: http://www.landsort-birds.se/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Nest_box_report_2018.pdf

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

Wind: North-east
Strength: Strong, 8-13 m/s
Temperature: 19
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Almost clear, 1-2/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Thrush Nightingale Näktergal 2
Wheatear Stenskvätta 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 1
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 2
Great Tit Talgoxe 2
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 1
Chaffinch Bofink 1
Crossbill Mindre korsnäbb 1


Sightings of interest

Green Sandpiper Skogssnäppa 2 Staging
Common Crossbill Mindre korsnäbb 3 Migrating South