Landsort Birds Diary!

Landsort Birds Diary!

31st August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 31 Aug, 2017 15:21:55

Heavy rain overnight and until after 1000 in the morning produced over 30mm of rain and prevented any netting this morning.

A trip to the north of the island produced sightings of very few passerines - in fact the island seemed largely devoid of small birds!

Morning spent doing end of month paperwork, reports etc

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

Wind: North-east
Strength: Strong, 8-13 m/s
Temperature: 13
Visibility: Haze, 1-4km
Cloud cover: Overcast 8/8
Precipitation: Heavy Rain


Birds ringed

No ringing today


Sightings of interest

Merlin Stenfalk 1 Foraging over Obs
Common Cuckoo Gök 1 Migrating
European Green Woodpecker Gröngöling 1 Call, near north Harbour
Great Spotted Woodpecker Större hackspett 1 Near North Harbour
Northern Wheatear Stenskvätta 1 North Harbour




30th August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 30 Aug, 2017 13:21:20

15 nets opened at 0445 in a strong-very strong SW wind that decreased only slightly through the morning. Nets closed at 1145.

Only 9 new birds of 2 species, with four of those caught in the last net round. A truly terrible mornings ringing, though only one less than the number caught at Falsterbo Lighthouse garden this morning.

A guiding given to ten people from 1115 to 1230.

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

Wind: South-west
Strength: Strong, 8-13 m/s
Temperature: 17
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Blackcap Svarthätta 1
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 8




29th August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 29 Aug, 2017 11:52:39

20 nets opened at 0445 in a strong SW wind that increased through the morning. Nets closed at 1100.

Just 14 new birds of 6 species caught.

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

Wind: South-west
Strength: Strong, 8-13 m/s
Temperature: 16
Visibility: Good, 10-20 km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 1
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 3
Blackcap Svarthätta 2
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 6
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 1




28th August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 28 Aug, 2017 12:35:53

All nets opened at 0445 and closed at 1100 with a very nice mornings ringing producing 41 new birds of 16 species including two Blåhake (Bluethroat).

Sorcha arrives this afternoon to spend a week with her Mum, so Kay very happy about that!

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

Wind: West
Strength: Light, 1-3 m/s
Temperature: 18
Visibility: Very good, >20km
Cloud cover: Almost clear, 1-2/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Robin Rödhake 1
Thrush Nightingale Näktergal 1
Bluethroat Blåhake 2
Blackbird Koltrast 2
Reed Warbler Rörsångare 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 2
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 8
Wood Warbler Grönsångare 1
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 8
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 6
Pied Flycatcher Svartvit flugsnappare 1
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 1
Red-backed Shrike Törnskata 3
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 1
Greenfinch Grönfink 2




27th August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 27 Aug, 2017 15:50:18

Nets opened at Bredmar at 0445, some closed at 1100 and the rest at 1145.

A total of 27 new birds of 12 species caught.

At SUDD Pelle opened all nets at 0500 and closed at 0900 with just two new birds of two species.

A guided talk given to four people from 1130 to 1230.

Pelle leaves in the afternoon to give just two at the Obs overnight: Chris & Kay.

Wind: East
Strength: Strong, 8-13 m/s
Temperature: 18
Visibility: Good, 10-20 km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Bredmar
Wren Gärdsmyg 1
Robin Rödhake 1
Redstart Rödstjärt 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 5
Whitethroat Törnsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 1
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 10
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 2
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 2
Red-backed Shrike Törnskata 1
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 1
SUDD
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 1
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 1


Sightings of interest

White-tailed Eagle Havsörn 2 Flying around
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 5 Migrating S
Grey Plover Kustpipare 1 Staging
Common Greenshank Gluttsnäppa 1 Heard


26th August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 26 Aug, 2017 13:15:32

At Bredmar, most nets opened at 0445 and the rest opened an hour later as the wind decreased slightly. All nets closed at 1100 with 37 new birds of 16 species, including another Härmsångare (Icterine Warbler) and two Gök (Common Cuckoo), the first time two have been caught on one day at the Obs.

At SUDD Liam had 8 nets open from 0500 until 1045 with 20 new birds of 10 species including the first Trädkrypare (Treecreeper) of the autumn.

Overall, 57 new birds of 19 species.

Mikael was a no-show last night, so there were just 4 at the Obs last night. Liam leaves this afternoon to give three at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay & Pelle.

Wind: North-west
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 15
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Bredmar
Cuckoo Gök 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker Större hackspett 1
Tree Pipit Trädpiplärka 1
Redstart Rödstjärt 1
Whinchat Buskvätta 1
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Sedge Warbler Sävsångare 1
Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 2
Whitethroat Törnsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 2
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 9
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 10
Red-backed Shrike Törnskata 1
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 1
Greenfinch Grönfink 2
SUDD
Redstart Rödstjärt 1
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 2
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 1
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 10
Great Tit Talgoxe 1
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 1
Red-backed Shrike Törnskata 1
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 1


Sightings of interest
Black Kite Brun glada 1 Migrating S
White-tailed Eagle Havsörn 1 SUDD - flying overhead
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 5 SUDD - migrating S
Osprey Fiskgjuse 1 Migrating
Common Kestrel Tornfalk 1 SUDD - migrating S
Eurasian Oystercatcher Strandskata 3 SUDD - migrating S
Dunlin Kärrsnäppa 10 SUDD - migrating S
Eurasian Woodcock Morkulla 1 Staging, Bredmar pond
Common Swift Tornseglare 2 Migrating S
Yellow Wagtail Gulärla 1 Staging
Common Crossbill Mindre korsnäbb 5 SUDD - migrating S




25th August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 25 Aug, 2017 11:44:05

Rain overnight delayed opening at Bredmar until 0600 when 14 nets were operated until 1015, with light showers through the morning eventually becoming heavy persistent rain at 1015.

A total of 25 new birds of 9 species made it worthwhile putting in the effort.

Janne left the Obs in the morning.

There will be five at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay, Liam, Pelle and Mikael.

Wind: North-east
Strength: Calm, increasing to 4-5 m/s
Temperature: 16
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10km
Cloud cover: Overcast 8/8
Precipitation: Largely dry with light rain showers


Birds ringed

Redstart Rödstjärt 1
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 5
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 1
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 8
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 1
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 2
Greenfinch Grönfink 5


Sightings of interest

Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 1 Migrating S
Eurasian Hobby Lärkfalk 1 Foraging
Whimbrel Småspov 1 Migrating S
Yellow Wagtail Gulärla 10 Migrating S
Common Crossbill Mindre korsnäbb 8 Migrating S


24th August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 24 Aug, 2017 13:25:32

All nets opened at Bredmar at 0430 and closed at 1100 with 41 new birds of 12 species.

At SUDD all nets opened by Liam & Janne at 0500 and closed at 1045 with 28 new of 9 species to an overall total of 69 new birds of 15 species, the most notable being a Svart rödtjärt in SUDD.

There will be five at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay, Liam, Janne & Pelle.

Wind: South-west
Strength: Light to moderate, 2-5 m/s
Temperature: 19
Visibility: Good, 10-20 km
Cloud cover: Almost clear, 1-2/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Bredmar
Wren Gärdsmyg 1
Reed Warbler Rörsångare 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 12
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 2
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 7
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 1
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 6
Blue Tit Blåmes 1
Red-backed Shrike Törnskata 1
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 4
Greenfinch Grönfink 4
SUDD
Black Redstart Svart rödstjärt 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 7
Whitethroat Törnsångare 2
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 4
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 4
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 3
Great Tit Talgoxe 2
Red-backed Shrike Törnskata 1
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 4


Sightings of interest

Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 6 Migrating
Barn Swallow Ladusvala 50 Staging
Common House Martin Hussvala 20 Staging
Barred Warbler Höksångare 1 Controlled
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 10 Migrating




23rd August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 23 Aug, 2017 13:41:49

Nets opened at 0430 with some closed at 1100 and the rest at 1145. A decent morning of 58 new birds of 13 species, with the first migrant Kungsfågel (Goldcrest ) and Rödhake (Robin) caught along with another two Härmsångare (Icterine Warbler) to give a total of 64 for the year, the highest year total at the Obs.

The majority of bird bags washed and dried.

In the afternoon Liam and Janne will trim the net area at SUDD and Chris & Kay are replacing some of the canopy nets. If time and energy permit, they will then start putting up nets in SUDD.

There will be four at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay, Liam & Janne

Wind: North
Strength: Strong, 8-13 m/s
Temperature: 18
Visibility: Good, 10-20 km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Robin Rödhake 1
Whinchat Buskvätta 1
Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 2
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 6
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 2
Wood Warbler Grönsångare 3
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 30
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 2
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 2
Pied Flycatcher Svartvit flugsnappare 3
Great Tit Talgoxe 1
Red-backed Shrike Törnskata 4


Sightings of interest

White-tailed Eagle Havsörn 1 Flying overhead
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 10 Migrating
Osprey Fiskgjuse 1 Migrating
Eurasian Hobby Lärkfalk 1 Migrating
Tree Pipit Trädpiplärka 2 Migrating
Yellow Wagtail Gulärla 6 Migrating


22nd August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 22 Aug, 2017 12:51:55

Nets opened at 0430 and closed at 1100 with a moderate NE wind, at last, producing a first real fall of autumn migrants. After an average of just 20 birds a day since the 19th May we ended today with 143 new birds of 16 species. Among them were a Kärrsångare (Marsh Warbler) and a 'hat-trick' of flugsnappare!

All data on and trimming of Bredmar grass and net areas this afternoon.

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

Wind: North-east
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 17
Visibility: Good, 10-20 km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 1
Tree Pipit Trädpiplärka 2
Thrush Nightingale Näktergal 1
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Marsh Warbler Kärrsångare 1
Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 2
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 17
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 3
Blackcap Svarthätta 4
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 85
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 2
Collared Flycatcher Halsbandsflugsnappare 1
Pied Flycatcher Svartvit flugsnappare 7
Red-backed Shrike Törnskata 9
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 6
Greenfinch Grönfink 1

Sightings of interest
Thrush Nightingale Näktergal 1 Re-trapped


21st August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 21 Aug, 2017 18:16:27

All nets opened at 0430 and closed at 1100. Although a better day than recently it was still quiet, with 11 of the 24 new birds of 8 species being caught in the second net check.

Afternoon spent off the island doing much needed shopping.

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

Wind: West, backing SW
Strength: Light, 1-3 m/s
Temperature: 19
Visibility: Good, 10-20 km
Cloud cover: Almost clear, 1-2/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Robin Rödhake 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 9
Whitethroat Törnsångare 2
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 2
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 7
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 1
Greenfinch Grönfink 1


Sightings of interest
White-tailed Eagle Havsörn 3 Flying overhead
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 2 Foraging
Common Ringed Plover Större strandpipare 1 Staging, Jutvik
Dunlin Kärrsnäppa 6 Staging, Jutvik
Bar-tailed Godwit Myrspov 1 Staging, Jutvik




20th August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 20 Aug, 2017 15:14:21


Another very quiet day with just 9 new birds of 6 species. The 'stop-start' migration is more 'stop' than 'start' just now!!!

A guided talk given to 4 people from 1130 to 1300.

End of week paperwork this afternoon and not a lot else!

There is just 2 at the Obs tonight: Chris & Kay.

Wind: South-west
Strength: Strong, 9-11 m/s
Temperature: 18
Visibility: Good, 10-20 km
Cloud cover: Almost clear, 1-2/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 3
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 1
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 1
Great Tit Talgoxe 1
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 2




19th August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 19 Aug, 2017 10:44:12

Heavy rain until 1000 on a strong SE wind that went W and increased after 1000 to peak at 19 m/s prevented any ringing today, the first day of no ringing since 30th June.

Time taken to catch up on some personal stuff but also Kay has put a final coat of paint on the Lab door and cleaned the Lab. Chris has cleaned the bathroom, including the drains and put up the remaining Tornseglare nest boxes - ready for full occupancy of birds in 2018!!!

There will be just two overnight at a very windy observatory: Chris & Kay.


Wind: South-east veering W
Strength: Strong, increasing to very strong, 14-19 m/s
Temperature: 16
Visibility: Moderate to poor, 4km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Heavy Rain


Sightings of interest
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 1 Foraging, Bredmar
Black-headed Gull Skrattmås 40 Migrating S past Observatory
Arctic Tern Silvertärna 4 Migrating south - Vaderbunken
Arctic Tern Silvertärna 1 Migrating south - Vaderbunken 2cy bird
Northern Wheatear Stenskvätta 1 Foraging, Vaderbunken


18th August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 18 Aug, 2017 12:45:18

Nets opened at 0415 and closed at 0715 ahead of a band of moderate rain.

Only 7 new birds of 6 species.

Kay put another coat of paint on the Lab door and Chris painted more Tornseglare nest boxes.

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

Wind: South
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 17
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10 km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Moderate rain


Birds ringed

Tree Pipit Trädpiplärka 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 2
Whitethroat Törnsångare 1
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 1
Yellowhammer Gulsparv 1


Sightings of interest

Western Marsh Harrier Brun kärrhök 1 1st cy - migrating
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 1 Foraging
Barred Warbler Höksångare 1 Individually marked - the one caught on 17th




17th August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 17 Aug, 2017 12:40:22

All nets opened at 0415 and closed at 1100, with a very quiet mornings ringing saved only at the last minutes by a Höksångare (Barred Warbler). Just 18 new birds of 9 species.

Kay painted the door to the Lab this morning, more coats to do later.

Hans arrived for the day in late morning.

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

Wind: West, backing SW
Strength: Light, 1-3 m/s
Temperature: 19
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Almost clear, 1-2/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Barred Warbler Höksångare 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 7
Whitethroat Törnsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 1
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 2
Pied Flycatcher Svartvit flugsnappare 2
Red-backed Shrike Törnskata 1
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 1
Greenfinch Grönfink 2

Sightings of interest
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 4 2 males & 2 females - foraging
Eurasian Wryneck Göktyta 1 Re-trapped
Thrush Nightingale Näktergal 1 Re-trapped


16th August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 16 Aug, 2017 11:22:46

All nets opened at 0415 in a strong SE wind that decreased and went S during the morning. All nets closed at 1030 with a light shower preceding forecast heavier rain - yet to arrive!!!!

Another quiet morning with just 12 new birds of 6 species with only five warblers caught, though a Härmsångare (Icterine Warbler) was pleasing to catch.

A guiding is planned for 1130.

There will be just 2 at the Obs overnight: Chris & Kay.

Wind: South-east becoming S
Strength: Strong, 9-11 m/s, dropping 5-6m/s
Temperature: 17
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Overcast 8/8
Precipitation: Dry with rain arriving afternoon

Birds ringed
Sedge Warbler Sävsångare 1
Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 2
Blackcap Svarthätta 1
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 3
Greenfinch Grönfink 4


Sightings of interest

Eurasian Hobby Lärkfalk 1 Migrating S
Common Swift Tornseglare 50 Migrating S




15th August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 15 Aug, 2017 12:46:03

All nets opened at 0415 and closed at 1100 with 30 new birds of 12 species including a Näktergal (Thrush Nightingale) and Busksvätta (Whinchat).

May do some work on reducing tree height later.

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

Wind: South
Strength: Light wind, 1-3 m/s
Temperature: 18
Visibility: Good, 10-20 km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Robin Rödhake 1
Thrush Nightingale Näktergal 1
Whinchat Buskvätta 1
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 5
Whitethroat Törnsångare 3
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 1
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 5
Red-backed Shrike Törnskata 1
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 5
Brambling Bergfink 1
Greenfinch Grönfink 5



14th August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 14 Aug, 2017 12:26:40

All nets opened at 0415 in light winds that gradually increased and backed to the south-west from west. All nets closed at 1100.

A total of 22 new birds of 9 species, once more dominated by Ärtsångare (Lesser Whitethroat) with 8 caught, but only one Lövsångare (Willow Warbler).

Over the last couple of weeks Lasse has been doing a great job of painting the outside of the Obs - all red paintwork completed and is today busy fitting a new door to the cellar. Working alone, but knows how to get things done!!!

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

Wind: West, backing SW
Strength: Light becoming moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 19
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Almost clear, 1-2/8
Precipitation: Dry

Birds ringed
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 8
Blackcap Svarthätta 4
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 1
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 1
Blue Tit Blåmes 2
Red-backed Shrike Törnskata 1
Greenfinch Grönfink 3
Yellowhammer Gulsparv 1

Sightings of interest
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 1 Female, foraging
Common Snipe Enkelbeckasin 1 Staging, Bredmar
Green Sandpiper Skogssnäppa 1 Staging, Bredmar pond
Common Crossbill Mindre korsnäbb 30 Foraging


13th August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 13 Aug, 2017 08:44:18

17 nets opened at 0415 with a strong SW wind that was forecast to decrease through the first part of the morning, remaining dry!!!! All nets closed at 0745 with moderate rain finishing ringing for the day.

What a difference a day makes!!! Rain forecast yesterday, so nets opened late but no rain. No rain forecast today but nets closed due to rain!!! What is going on???

A total of 5 new birds of just 3 species. It really needs one of the two Ärtsångare (Lesser Whitethroat) to be re-trapped in the Lebanon to make opening the nets this morning seem worthwhile!

Potentially a public guided talk at 1130.

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

Wind: South-west
Strength: Strong, decreasing, 6-10 m/s
Temperature: 16
Visibility: Moderate to low, 2-5km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Moderate rain


Birds ringed

Blackbird Koltrast 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 2
Greenfinch Grönfink 2




12th August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 12 Aug, 2017 13:27:49

The opening of nets was delayed until 0630 due to a definite forecast of prolonged rain throughout the morning. By 0630, with SMHI still showing rain falling over Landsort, the nets were opened in completely dry conditions and, apart from one or two drops of rain, the morning remained dry. Nets closed at 1200.

A pleasing total of 32 new birds of 13 species, with a good total of 14 Ärtsångare (Lesser Whitethroat). A unexpected 1cy male Bergfink (Brambling) was only the 6th August capture in the history of the Obs and the earliest by eight days.

David and Maya left the island at 0930 giving just two at the Obs overnight: Chris & Kay.

Wind: South
Strength: Light wind, 1-3 m/s
Temperature: 18
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Sedge Warbler Sävsångare 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 14
Whitethroat Törnsångare 1
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 2
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 3
Red-backed Shrike Törnskata 2
Chaffinch Bofink 1
Brambling Bergfink 1
Greenfinch Grönfink 3
Goldfinch Steglits 1


Sightings of interest

Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 2 Foraging
Common Swift Tornseglare 50 Foraging
Eurasian Wryneck Göktyta 1 Individually marked
Barn Swallow Ladusvala 40 Foraging
Common House Martin Hussvala 30 Foraging
Thrush Nightingale Näktergal 1 Individually marked
Common Redstart Rödstjärt 1 Individually marked
European Greenfinch Grönfink 40 Foraging


11th August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 11 Aug, 2017 12:21:16

All nets opened at 0400 and closed at 1100 with 24 new birds of 6 species caught. A pleasing total of 12 Ärtsångare (Lesser Whitethroat) and 5 Lövsångare (Willow Warbler) gave some indication of a movement of birds.

Peter left the island this morning to give four at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay, David and Maya.

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


Birds ringed

Robin Rödhake 1
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 12
Whitethroat Törnsångare 2
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 5
Greenfinch Grönfink 3


Sightings of interest

Green Sandpiper Skogssnäppa 2 Staging
Common Greenshank Gluttsnäppa 1 Call
Common Cuckoo Gök 1 Staging
Common Redpoll Gråsiska 5 Staging
Common Crossbill Mindre korsnäbb 1 Call


10th August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 10 Aug, 2017 13:06:48

All 30 nets opened at 0400 with some closed during the morning as the wind increased, with 22 nets closed at 1100.

18 new birds of 11 species including three Härmsångare (Icterine Warbler).

Peter was migration watching at Vaderbunkern.

Johann and the two girls left today to give five overnight:

Chris, Kay, Peter, David & Maya.

Wind: South-west
Strength: Strong, 8-10 m/s
Temperature: 16
Visibility: Good, 10-20 km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Robin Rödhake 1
Wheatear Stenskvätta 1
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 3
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 2
Whitethroat Törnsångare 2
Blackcap Svarthätta 2
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 1
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 1
Red-backed Shrike Törnskata 1
Greenfinch Grönfink 3


Sightings of interest

Common Crossbill Mindre korsnäbb 14 Two flocks of 5 and 9




9th August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 09 Aug, 2017 14:03:50

All 30 nets opened at 0400, some closed at 1100 and the rest at 1145.

A truly desperate days ringing with only 9 new birds of 6 species.

Not a lot else to say about that!

A guided talk to 7 people from 1130 until 1300.

David and grand-daughter as well as Peter arrive today to give 8 at the Obs overnight.

Wind: East
Strength: Strong, 8-13 m/s
Temperature: 16
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry

Birds ringed
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 3
Blackcap Svarthätta 1
Blue Tit Blåmes 1
Greenfinch Grönfink 1
Yellowhammer Gulsparv 2

Sightings of interest
Common Teal Kricka 2 Staging
Common Snipe Enkelbeckasin 1 Staging - in net, then out again!!!
Green Sandpiper Skogssnäppa 1 Staging
Common Swift Tornseglare 2 Spent night in nest box


8th August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 08 Aug, 2017 14:52:12

All nets opened at 0400 and closed at 1100 with 26 new birds of 9 species.

A good movement of Mindre Korsnäabb over the Obs with Bosse & Janne counting 264 in several flocks and one's & two's.

Bosse & Janne left the island in the early afternoon, with Johan and his two children arriving this afternoon to give five at the Obs overnight.

Wind: South-west
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 17
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry
Birds ringed
Blackbird Koltrast 2
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 7
Whitethroat Törnsångare 3
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 1
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 7
Greenfinch Grönfink 1
Scarlet Rosefinch Rosenfink 1
Yellowhammer Gulsparv 3


Sightings of interest

Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 3 Migrating
Sandwich Tern Kentsk tärna 2 Migrating SW
Common Cuckoo Gök 1 Migrating
Common Swift Tornseglare 1 In nest box
European Green Woodpecker Gröngöling 1 Call
Great Spotted Woodpecker Större hackspett 1 Flying overhead
Sand Martin Backsvala 6 Migrating SW
Thrush Nightingale Näktergal 1 Re-trapped
Common Crossbill Mindre korsnäbb 264 Migrating S





7th August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 07 Aug, 2017 12:58:46

12 nets opened at 0430 in a strong W wind that gradually increased allowing 23 nets to be open by the time all nets were closed at 1100.

A better catch than in the recent few days with 19 new birds of 8 species including the first Gök (Common Cuckoo) of the year.

Afternoon will be spent reducing canopy height around some of the nets now that the breeding season has finished.

Lena left in the morning to give four at the Obs overnight:

Chris, Kay, Bosse & Janne.

Wind: West
Strength: Strong, decreasing, 8-13m/s
Temperature: 17
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Almost clear, 1-2/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Cuckoo Gök 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 8
Whitethroat Törnsångare 2
Wood Warbler Grönsångare 1
Great Tit Talgoxe 1
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 1
Chaffinch Bofink 1
Greenfinch Grönfink 4


Sightings of interest

Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 3 Hunting
Common Cuckoo Gök 1 Staging






6th August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 06 Aug, 2017 10:59:43

Net opening restricted to just 10 nets due to strong to very strong wind from the west. These nets opened at 0500 and the last few closed at 1015 as the light rain showers increased to a spell of heavier showers.

Just 9 new birds of 6 species.

A guided talk given from 1130 until 1300 to four people.

See the link below for an article on the first record of definite breeding of Enkelbeckasin (Common Snipe) on Landosrt
http://www.landsort-birds.se/?page_id=127

Oscar leaves this afternoon, with Janne arriving so there will be five at the OBs overnight:

Chris, Kay, Bosse, Lena and Janne.

An excellent days migration watching, by Bosse in the morning and by Bosse & Janne in the afternoon/ evening. Some of the highlights are shown below:

Wind: West
Strength: Stong-very strong, 9-14 m/s
Temperature: 17
Visibility: Moderate 4-10km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Showers, some heavy


Birds ringed

Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 2
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 1
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 2
Chaffinch Bofink 2
Greenfinch Grönfink 1


Sightings of interest


Morning

Greater Scaup Bergand 2 Migrating SW
White-tailed Eagle Havsörn 3 Flying overhead
Eurasian Oystercatcher Strandskata 140 Migrating SW
Grey Plover Kustpipare 31 Migrating SW
Red Knot Kustsnäppa 15 Migrating SW
Sanderling Sandlöpare 2 Migrating SW
Dunlin Kärrsnäppa 157 Migrating SW
Bar-tailed Godwit Myrspov 100 Migrating SW
Common Greenshank Gluttsnäppa 10 Migrating SW
Parasitic Skua Kustlabb 3 Migrating SW
Common Swift Tornseglare 73 Migrating S
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 40 Staging


Afternoon/ evening

Little Ringed Plover Mindre strandpipare 1 Migrating SW
Grey Plover Kustpipare 71 Migrating SW
Sanderling Sandlöpare 5 Migrating SW
Little Stint Småsnäppa 5 Migrating SW
Curlew Sandpiper Spovsnäppa 10 Migrating SW
Dunlin Kärrsnäppa 735 Migrating SW












5th August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 05 Aug, 2017 14:16:29

Due to very strong winds opening of nets was delayed until 0500 when 7 nets were opened and closed at 1145.

Nearly 7 hours for 7 birds of 7 species in 7 nets !!!!
Fortunately for Bosse one of them was a Grönsångare (Wood Warbler), adding to his species list for the year.

Bosse & Svante spent a very rewarding morning at Vaderbunken, with some of the highlights from an excellent period of migration watching shown below.

Svante left the island in mid-morning to give five at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay, Bosse, Lena and Oscar.

Wind: South-west
Strength: Very strong, 12-14 m/s
Temperature: 16
Visibility: Good, 10-20 km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Showers

Birds ringed
Redstart Rödstjärt 1
Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 1
Wood Warbler Grönsångare 1
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 1
Greenfinch Grönfink 1
Redpoll Gråsiska 1
Yellowhammer Gulsparv 1


Sightings of interest

White-tailed Eagle Havsörn 2 Flying overhead
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 1 Foraging
Osprey Fiskgjuse 1 Migrating
Eurasian Hobby Lärkfalk 1 Foraging
Little Ringed Plover Mindre strandpipare 1 Migrating SW
Grey Plover Kustpipare 71 Migrating SW
Red Knot Kustsnäppa 89 Migrating SW
Sanderling Sandlöpare 1 Migrating SW
Curlew Sandpiper Spovsnäppa 6 Migrating SW
Dunlin Kärrsnäppa 760 Migrating SW
Bar-tailed Godwit Myrspov 42 Migrating SW
Red-necked Phalarope Smalnäbbad simsnäppa 1 Migrating SW
Little Tern Småtärna 1 Migrating SW



4th August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 04 Aug, 2017 13:56:29

21 nets opened at 0600 after overnight rain, but strong wind restricted the number of nets we could open. By the time nets closed at 1100 onlt 17 were opened. Only 9 new birds of 5 species.

Bosse was out early migration watching with not a lot seen.

Svante, a re-joining member arrived this morning to stay overnight.

There will be six at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay, Bosse, Lean, Oscar and Svante.

Wind: West
Strength: Strong, 8-13 m/s
Temperature: 17
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Blackbird Koltrast 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 4
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 2
Red-backed Shrike Törnskata 1
Yellowhammer Gulsparv 1

Sightings of interest
White-tailed Eagle Havsörn 1 Flying overhead
Eurasian Oystercatcher Strandskata 71 Migrating SW
Common Cuckoo Gök 1 Staging
Eurasian Wryneck Göktyta 1 Individually marked




3rd August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 03 Aug, 2017 13:15:35

Strong overnight winds continued in the morning, delaying opening of any nets until 0445 when 22 were opened with the remaining 8 opened in stages through the morning as the wind gradually deceased. All 30 nets closed at 1100 with 13 new birds of 7 species caught to give 3500 now for the year.

Bosse was up and out early with some decent migration watching - the best birds being shown in the table below.

at 1630 a lecture was given to Byalaget, with an excellent turn-out of 30 people attending. A very enjoyable presentation to give and a great opportunity to explain a bit more about the work we all do and to thank everyone for their support and the way in which we have been made most welcome on the island.

There will be four at the Obs overnight (though maybe Janne will arrive??): Chris, Kay, Bosse & Lena.

Wind: South-west
Strength: Strong, decreasing, 8-13 m/s
Temperature: 17
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Parlty cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Blackbird Koltrast 2
Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 6
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 1
Spotted Flycatcher Grå flugsnappare 1
Red-backed Shrike Törnskata 1
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 1


Sightings of interest
Western Marsh Harrier Brun kärrhök 1 Juv - Migrating SW
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 2 Foraging
Osprey Fiskgjuse 1 Migrating
Red Knot Kustsnäppa 130 Migrating SW
Green Sandpiper Skogssnäppa 3 Staging, Bredmar
Common Cuckoo Gök 1 Staging, Bredmar
Two-barred Crossbill Bändelkorsnäbb 1 Migrating
Common Crossbill Mindre korsnäbb 59 Migrating




2nd August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 02 Aug, 2017 14:04:09

Early rain with a threat of thunder delayed opening until 0630 when all 30 nets were opened, some being closed at 1100 and the rest at 1145.

A quiet start to the day with some blank net rounds before a slight improvement later to give 18 new birds of 5 species, all but one bird being warblers.

A public guided talk given to eight adults at 1130 until 1300.

Two flocks of Myrspov flew over the Obs in the early afternoon, one of 130 passing just over the building.

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

Wind: West
Strength: Light, 1-3 m/s
Temperature: 19
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry after early rain


Birds ringed
Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 4
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 8
Whitethroat Törnsångare 4
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 1
Great Tit Talgoxe 1


Sightings of interest

Eurasian Woodcock Morkulla 1 Stationery
Bar-tailed Godwit Myrspov 130 Migrating SW
Bar-tailed Godwit Myrspov 70 Migrating SW
Whimbrel Småspov 1 Flying overhead
Common Cuckoo Gök 1 Staging
Common Swift Tornseglare 6 Flying overhead
European Green Woodpecker Gröngöling 1 Call




1st August 2017

2017 AugustiPosted by Chris Sharpe 01 Aug, 2017 12:58:05

21 nets opened at 0345 and closed at 1100. A total of 13 new birds of 7 species.

Another quiet day for ringing.

Kay put further coats of paint on woodwork and walls.

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

Wind: South-west
Strength: Strong wind, 8-13 m/s
Temperature: 17
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry

Birds ringed
Blackbird Koltrast 3
Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 3
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 3
Chaffinch Bofink 1
Yellowhammer Gulsparv 1

Sightings of interest
White-tailed Eagle Havsörn 1 Flying overhead
Whimbrel Småspov 5 Staging
Common Swift Tornseglare 6 Flying around Obs
European Green Woodpecker Gröngöling 1 Call