Landsort Birds Diary!

Landsort Birds Diary!

31st October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 31 Oct, 2017 16:34:06

Nets opened at 0630 and closed at 1500 with 226 new birds of 10 species/ sub-species caught. This takes the total for the year to over 10,000

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

Wind: North-west, backing SW
Strength: Strong, 8-13 m/s decreasing
Temperature: 5
Visibility: Good, 10-20 km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Waxwing Sidensvans 4
Wren Gärdsmyg 1
Robin Rödhake 1
Long-tailed Tit Stjärtmes 5
Blue Tit Blåmes 4
Chaffinch Bofink 3
Greenfinch Grönfink 3
Redpoll Gråsiska 200
Redpol flammea Gråsiska 1




30th October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 30 Oct, 2017 15:05:22

Very high winds prevented netting today but Chris, Kay & Lasse headed north to empty and repair more nest boxes. Nearly all done now, just a few in the south to complete.

Måns & Johan with youngsters headed south but both south and north, very few birds to be found.

Måns, Johan and children and Lasse leave the island today to give just 2 at the Obs overnight: Chris & Kay.

Wind: North
Strength: Gale, 20-24 m/s decreasing
Temperature: 4
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Almost clear, 1-2/8
Precipitation: Dry

Sightings of interest
Whooper Swan Sångsvan 1 Staging, North
Red-breasted Merganser Småskrake 2 Flying overhead, North
Goosander Storskrake 3 Flying overhead, North
White-tailed Eagle Havsörn 1 Flying overhead
Northern Goshawk Duvhök 1 Bredmar
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 1 Foraging, North
Peregrine Falcon Pilgrimsfalk 1 SUDD
Bohemian Waxwing Sidensvans 30 North
Bohemian Waxwing Sidensvans 25 Bredmar
Eurasian Treecreeper Trädkrypare 1 Foraging, North


29th October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 29 Oct, 2017 10:45:06

With an increasing wind forecast, just 4 nets opened at 0630 and netting ceased 45 minutes later.

A total of 292 new birds of just two species caught with a very large number of Gråsiska (Redpoll) present on the island. An update of birds seen will be included later in the day.

With netting finished as the wind increased to gale force and all data on Fågel3 Chris & Kay will be cleaning more nest boxes in the woods later, while Lasse, Måns and Johan struggle with the conditions to see what birds are around.

There will be 5 adults and 4 children at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay, Lasse, Måns and Johan.

Wind: North
Strength: Very strong, increasing to gale, 15-22 m/s
Temperature: 4 with wind chill to -1
Visibility: Good, 10-20 km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Blue Tit Blåmes 1
Redpoll Gråsiska 291


Sightings of interest
Whooper Swan Sångsvan 1 Staging, Saltmar
Purple Sandpiper Skärsnäppa 1 Staging, Södra
Eurasian Woodcock Morkulla 1 Resting, south of shooting range
Black Guillemot Tobisgrissla 1 Resting
Stock Dove Skogsduva 1 Migrating
European Green Woodpecker Gröngöling 1 Foraging, Bredmar
Rock Pipit Skärpiplärka 1 SUDD
Bohemian Waxwing Sidensvans 100 Migrating
Fieldfare Björktrast 10 Migrating
Eurasian Nuthatch Nötväcka 4 Foraging, woods near Saltmar
European Goldfinch Steglits 2 Migrating
Common Redpoll Gråsiska 1500 Migrating
Eurasian Bullfinch Domherre 30 Migrating
Snow Bunting Snösparv 2 Staging, SUDD
Common Reed Bunting Sävsparv 1 Staging, SUDD


28th October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 28 Oct, 2017 18:20:20

Heavy rain through the morning and into the early afternoon along with a strong to occasionally very strong wind prevented any netting today.

Håkan and Lasse spent the morning trying to find some birds, with limited success while Kay cleaned the Obs and Chris spent time getting computer files ready for the 2018 staff.

Håkan left on the 1330 ferry with Måns, Johan and the four youngsters arriving in the afternoon. Despite their best efforts in the afternoon, no birds of any note were found!

There will be five adults and four children at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay, Lasse, Måns, Johan and 4 youngsters.

Wind: North-west
Strength: Strong to very strong, 8-15 m/s
Temperature: 5
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10 km
Cloud cover: Overcasat 8/8
Precipitation: Heavy rain


Sightings of interest

White-tailed Eagle Havsörn 5 SUDD
Northern Goshawk Duvhök 1 Female - SUDD
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 1 Male - SUDD
Eurasian Skylark Sånglärka 1 Staging
Bohemian Waxwing Sidensvans 60 Staging
Hawfinch Stenknäck 1 Staging, SUDD


27th October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 27 Oct, 2017 13:06:28

A frustrating morning with a forecast of no rain, but a succession of showers that meant a stop-start morning of ringing that started at 0730 and finally finished at 1130 as the showers merged to become a prolonged period of rain.

A total of 107 new birds of 15 species/ sub-species.

There will be four or five at the Obs tonight: Chris, Kay, Lasse, Håkan and (possibly) Mats.

Wind: North
Strength: Strong, 8-11 m/s decreasing
Temperature: 5
Visibility: Haze, 1-4km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Showers


Birds ringed

Dunnock Järnsparv 1
Robin Rödhake 1
Blackbird Koltrast 2
Fieldfare Björktrast 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 3
Coal Tit Svartmes 4
Blue Tit Blåmes 2
Great Tit Talgoxe 1
Chaffinch Bofink 5
Redpoll Gråsiska 75
Redpol flammea Gråsiska 3
Redpoll cabaret Gråsiska 5
Arctic Redpoll Snösiska 1
Bullfinch Domherre 2


Sightings of interest

Whooper Swan Sångsvan 1 Staging, on sea at Bredmar
European Green Woodpecker Gröngöling 1 Flying overhead
Bohemian Waxwing Sidensvans 100 Migrating
Common Starling Stare 15 Migrating
Eurasian Bullfinch Domherre 100 Migrating


26th October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 26 Oct, 2017 17:19:13

Strong winds restricted the number of nets opened at 0730 and as the wind decreased more nets were opened through the morning, before ringing stopped at 1500.

A total of 294 new birds of 19 species/ sub-species, with the best being a Hornuggla (Long-eared Owl). Todays ringing takes Kays total of birds ringed on Landsort during our four periods of ringing here to over 20,000 birds, with only Mattias, Bosse and Pelle having higher totals.

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

Wind: North-west
Strength: Strong, 8-13 m/s decreasing
Temperature: 9
Visibility: Good, 10-20 km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Long-eared Owl Hornuggla 1
Wren Gärdsmyg 2
Robin Rödhake 2
Blackbird Koltrast 2
Redwing Rödvingetrast 1
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 5
Long-tailed Tit Stjärtmes 7
Blue Tit Blåmes 4
Great Tit Talgoxe 1
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 1
Chaffinch Bofink 1
Brambling Bergfink 1
Greenfinch Grönfink 1
Siskin Grönsiska 1
Redpoll Gråsiska 239
Redpol flammea Gråsiska 5
Redpoll cabaret Gråsiska 15
Arctic Redpoll Snösiska 1
Bullfinch Domherre 4


Sightings of interest

Whooper Swan Sångsvan 1 Staging, on the pond at Bredmar
Bohemian Waxwing Sidensvans 5 Staging
Common Starling Stare 15 Migrating







25th October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 25 Oct, 2017 08:39:24

No ringing today due to Very strong SE winds and rain.

Day will be spent cleaning bird bags and catching up on paperwork etc.

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


Wind: South-east
Strength: Very strong, 17-20 m/s
Temperature: 11
Visibility: Haze, 1-4 km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Heavy rain


24th October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 24 Oct, 2017 14:02:29

Rain at first light and a strong to very strong wind delayed opening of a limited number of nets until 0730, with nets closed at 1200.

A total of 70 new birds of 11 species/ sub-species was more than expected given the weather.

Johan leaves the island today, giving just two at the Obs overnight: Chris & Kay.

Wind: South-east
Strength: Very strong - decreasing, 14-19 m/s
Temperature: 9
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 2
Robin Rödhake 2
Blackbird Koltrast 5
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 6
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 1
Chaffinch Bofink 1
Brambling Bergfink 1
Redpoll Gråsiska 45
Redpol flammea Gråsiska 5
Redpoll cabaret Gråsiska 1
Bullfinch Domherre 1


Sightings of interest

Whooper Swan Sångsvan 1 Staging on Bredmar pond
Jack Snipe Dvärgbeckasin 1 Staging, north
Bohemian Waxwing Sidensvans 20 Migrating
Common Starling Stare 25 Migrating




23rd October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 23 Oct, 2017 12:20:40

Very limited net opening due to very strong winds and occassional light showers.

Just 6 new birds of 4 species.

There will be three at the Obs tonight; Chris, Kay & Johann.

Wind: East
Strength: Very strong, 14-19 m/s
Temperature: 11
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10 km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Showers


Birds ringed

Chaffinch Bofink 1
Greenfinch Grönfink 1
Redpoll Gråsiska 1
Bullfinch Domherre 3




22nd October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 22 Oct, 2017 17:49:05

Nets opened at 0645 and closed at 1230 with 113 new birds of 14 species/ sub-species ringed by Caroline.

The 'crew' spent the morning in the south migrating watching before most left the island in the early afternoon with Janne and Pelle leaving on the 1730 ferry to give just two at the OBs overnight: Chris & Kay.

Wind: South-east
Strength: Strong, 8-13 m/s increasing
Temperature: 11
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 3
Robin Rödhake 8
Blackbird Koltrast 3
Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 19
Great Tit Talgoxe 1
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 3
Chaffinch Bofink 3
Greenfinch Grönfink 6
Siskin Grönsiska 1
Redpoll Gråsiska 58
Redpoll flammea Gråsiska 5
Redpoll cabaret Gråsiska 1
Bullfinch Domherre 1


Sightings of interest

Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 5 Migrating
Purple Sandpiper Skärsnäppa 3 Migrating SW
Black-legged Kittiwake Tretåig mås 1 Juvenile, Migrating SW
Short-eared Owl Jorduggla 1 Migrating
Twite Vinterhämpling 20 Staging - approximate number
Parrot Crossbill Större korsnäbb 2 Migration attmept




21st October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 21 Oct, 2017 13:55:51

Restricted net opening due to the strong E wind, but nets opened at 0645 and closed at 1230 with 40 new birds of 13 species/ sub-species.

Best bird of the day was a Kungsfågelsångare (Pallas's Warbler) the 40 ringed here after a gap since the last one in 2010 and long-overdue!!!

Caroline spent the morning ringing at Bredmar with Chris & Kay while the rest headed south to migration watch before going north this afternoon.

Not caught up on all that they have seen, though two Tretåig mås (Kittiwake) were mentioned. Will update with anything notable later.

There will be ten at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay, Pelle, Raul, Caroline, Jacob, Rasmus, Niklas, Fredrik & Janne.

Wind: East
Strength: Strong, 8-13 m/s
Temperature: 12
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 3
Robin Rödhake 3
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Pallas´s Warbler Kungsågelsångare 1
Chiffchaff Gransångare 1
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 12
Great Tit Talgoxe 2
Nuthatch Nötväcka 1
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 2
Chaffinch Bofink 6
Brambling Bergfink 1
Redpoll Gråsiska 3
Redpoll flammea Gråsiska 4


Sightings of interest

Whooper Swan Sångsvan 2 Staging
Black-legged Kittiwake Tretåig mås 2 Migrating




20th October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 20 Oct, 2017 16:10:58

All nets opened at 0645 and closed at 1400 with 211 new birds of 19 species/ sub-species.

There will be 7 or 8 at the Obs tonight; Chris, Kay, Fredrik, Raul, Caroline, Jacob, Niklas and (possibly) Rasmus.

Wind: East
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s increasing
Temperature: 11
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Meadow Pipit Ängpiplärka 1
Wren Gärdsmyg 10
Robin Rödhake 26
Blackbird Koltrast 4
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 86
Long-tailed Tit Stjärtmes 10
Coal Tit Svartmes 2
Blue Tit Blåmes 9
Great Tit Talgoxe 4
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 3
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 3
Chaffinch Bofink 3
Brambling Bergfink 1
Redpoll Gråsiska 38
Redpol flammea Gråsiska 2
Redpoll cabaret Gråsiska 4
Bullfinch Domherre 3
Yellowhammer Gulsparv 1
Reed Bunting Sävsparv 1


19th October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 19 Oct, 2017 15:23:34

All nets opened at 0645 and closed at 1245, with a reducing wind through the morning. A total of 218 new birds of 16 species/ sub-species, with 126 of the Gråsiska (Repoll) being caught in one net on one net-round. That was busy!!!

With the clear skies and hardly any wind the island soon emptied of birds though a couple of small flocks of Sidensvans remained. After a couple of net checks with hardly any birds the last round produced an Enkelbecksin (Common Snipe).

Some more tree height reduction this afternoon and a clean of the Obs ready for the weekend.

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

Wind: North-west
Strength: Moderate, 4-7 m/s reducing
Temperature: 11 - frost at fist light
Visibility: Very good, >20km
Cloud cover: Clear, 0/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Snipe Enkelbeckasin 1
Wren Gärdsmyg 6
Robin Rödhake 1
Blackbird Koltrast 2
Chiffchaff Gransångare 2
Chiffchaff 1
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 11
Blue Tit Blåmes 6
Great Tit Talgoxe 5
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 7
Chaffinch Bofink 1
Redpoll Gråsiska 159
Redpol flammea Gråsiska 5
Redpoll cabaret Gråsiska 7
Bullfinch Domherre 3
Yellowhammer Gulsparv 1


Sightings of interest

Eurasian Skylark Sånglärka 1 Call
Bohemian Waxwing Sidensvans 50 Migrating
Common Redpoll Gråsiska 200 Migrating
Eurasian Bullfinch Domherre 10 Migrating






18th October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 18 Oct, 2017 15:40:48

Rain at first light delayed opening of nets until 0715 with nets opened until 1345, though some closed as the wind changed direction.

A total of 102 new birds of 21 species/ sub-species including the first Stjärtmes (Long-tailed Tit) of the autumn and two Varfågel (Great Grey Shrike) also caught.

Axel called up to say goodbye and to introduce us to his replacement - Sebastian. Axel finishes working on the ferry today, ready to start a new job 'on land'. Thanks to him for his help during our time here.

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

Wind: North-west
Strength: Strong, slowly decreasing, 8-13 m/s
Temperature: 11
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8 becoming brighter
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 1
Wren Gärdsmyg 4
Dunnock Järnsparv 1
Robin Rödhake 5
Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 1
Chiffchaff Gransångare 1
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 15
Long-tailed Tit Stjärtmes 17
Marsh Tit Entita 1
Blue Tit Blåmes 2
Great Tit Talgoxe 14
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 3
Great Grey Shrike Varfågel 2
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 1
Chaffinch Bofink 1
Brambling Bergfink 1
Redpoll Gråsiska 16
Redpol flammea Gråsiska 11
Redpoll cabaret Gråsiska 3
Reed Bunting Sävsparv 1


Sightings of interest

Short-eared Owl Jorduggla 1 Staging
Eurasian Skylark Sånglärka 1 Staging
Eurasian Bullfinch Domherre 8 Migrating


17th October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 17 Oct, 2017 14:50:51

Rain predicted for first light was showing on the radar and, with very dark clouds overhead and the occasional shower, opening of nets was delayed until 0730 when nets were opened in light winds from SE which soon backed to the SW and increased quickly to result in all nets closed at 1115.

A total of 136 new birds of 15 species/ sub-species including a tristris Gransångare (Chiffchaff) and a Gråsiska that displayed all of the characteristics of a Snösiska (Arctic Redpoll): short bill, bull-neck, white "sugar cube" rump and single dark streak in central under-tail covert.

Some tree height reduction this afternoon.

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

Wind: South-east, backing SW
Strength: Light, quickly becoming strong, 12-15 m/s
Temperature: 12
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10km
Cloud cover: Overcast
Precipitation: Dry, with showers to start


Birds ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 1
Robin Rödhake 4
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Chiffchaff Gransångare 2
Chiffchaff tristris Gransångare tristris 1
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 18
Blue Tit Blåmes 8
Great Tit Talgoxe 1
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 1
Chaffinch Bofink 1
Siskin Grönsiska 3
Redpoll Gråsiska 74
Redpol flammea Gråsiska 10
Redpoll cabaret Gråsiska 10
Arctic Redpoll Snösiska 1


Sightings of interest

Great Grey Shrike Varfågel 1




16th October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 16 Oct, 2017 15:25:09

Restricted to just a few nets opened at 0700 until 1215 with only 17 new birds of 8 species/ sub-species.

Grass trimming this afternoon

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

Wind: South-west
Strength: Very strong, decreasing slowly, 11-15 m/s
Temperature: 13
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Robin Rödhake 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 2
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 1
Blue Tit Blåmes 2
Great Tit Talgoxe 2
Redpoll Gråsiska 1
Redpol flammea Gråsiska 4
Redpoll cabaret Gråsiska 4


Sightings of interest

Great Grey Shrike Varfågel 1




15th October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 15 Oct, 2017 18:05:15

Nets opened at 0645 and closed at 1230 with 155 new birds of 12 species/ sub-species, with Gråsiska (Redpoll) dominating, though 8 Särvsparv (Reed Bunting) were notable.

After trying at SUDD in hard winds, Liam came back up to Bredmar to do some ringing, along with Ebba.

Mats, Liam, Ebba and Mattias left the island this afternoon giving just two at the Obs overnight: Chris & Kay.

Wind: West
Strength: Strong winds decreasing, 8-13m/s
Temperature: 12
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Bredmar
Wren Gärdsmyg 5
Dunnock Järnsparv 4
Robin Rödhake 14
Blackbird Koltrast 2
Chiffchaff Gransångare 4
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 23
Blue Tit Blåmes 1
Redpoll Gråsiska 78
Redpol flammea Gråsiska 13
Redpoll cabaret Gråsiska 2
Bullfinch Domherre 1
Reed Bunting Sävsparv 8


SUDD

Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 1


Sightings of interest

Great Grey Shrike Varfågel 9 8 at SUDD, 1 at Bredmar






14th October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 14 Oct, 2017 16:44:08

Rained most of the morning, so no nets opened until 1015 with a maximum of 17 nets used until all closed at 1500.

A total of 39 new birds of 15 species/sub-species. All ringing done by Ebba who continues her training.

Mats & Mattias changed the lights in the kitchen and new batteries put in all smoke detectors - a safer place now!!!

There will be 6 at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay, Liam, Mats, Ebba and Mattias.

Wind: South-west
Strength: Strong, decreasing, 8-13m/s
Temperature: 13
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Moderate


Birds ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 1
Robin Rödhake 6
Blackbird Koltrast 2
Song Thrush Taltrast 4
Chiffchaff Gransångare 2
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 7
Blue Tit Blåmes 3
Great Tit Talgoxe 4
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 2
Chaffinch Bofink 1
Siskin Grönsiska 2
Redpoll Gråsiska 1
Redpoll cabaret Gråsiska 1
Bullfinch Domherre 2
Reed Bunting Sävsparv 1




13th October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 13 Oct, 2017 14:45:13

Gusts in excess of 20 m/s early in the morning restricted net opening to a few sheltered nets with netting starting at 0645 and finishing at 1230 with 39 new birds of 14 species/ sub-species.

Despite a very quiet start to October, the total for the year is now over 8,000 birds: only the 5th year that this figure has been reached by mid-October.

There will be five at the Obs overnight: Chris, Kay, Liam, Ebba and Mattias.

Wind: North-west
Strength: Very strong, 14-19 m/s slowly decreasing
Temperature: 11
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 2
Dunnock Järnsparv 1
Robin Rödhake 2
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 5
Blue Tit Blåmes 2
Great Tit Talgoxe 5
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 1
Chaffinch Bofink 3
Greenfinch Grönfink 2
Siskin Grönsiska 1
Redpoll Gråsiska 2
Redpol flammea Gråsiska 8
Redpoll cabaret Gråsiska 4




12th October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 12 Oct, 2017 11:49:25

Overnight rain and a strong wind prevented netting until 0830 when 10 sheltered nets were opened until 1100 when further rain caused all netting to be stopped for the day.

A total of 13 new birds of ten species/ sub-species. Among them a late Trädgårdssångare (Garden Warbler), though the latest for the Observatory was on 24th October 2001.

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

Wind: South-west
Strength: Strong, 11-13 m/s
Temperature: 11
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10km. Less in rain
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Showers and rain


Birds ringed

Robin Rödhake 1
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 1
Chiffchaff Gransångare 1
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 2
Blue Tit Blåmes 1
Chaffinch Bofink 1
Redpol flammea Gråsiska 2
Redpoll cabaret Gråsiska 2

Sightings of interest
Barnacle Goose Vitkindad gås 160 Migrating SW low over the Obs



11th October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 11 Oct, 2017 15:14:58

Lighter winds allowed for all nets to be opened at 0645, with some closed at 1100 as the wind increased and the rest closed at 1300.

A total of 110 new birds of 20 species/ sub-species, including the first Domherre (Bullfinch) of the autumn and a further eight Svartmes (Coal Tit).

Forecast of heavy rain all day tomorrow is likely to result in no netting!

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

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


Birds ringed

Great Spotted Woodpecker Större hackspett 1
Wren Gärdsmyg 6
Dunnock Järnsparv 2
Robin Rödhake 15
Blackbird Koltrast 3
Chiffchaff Gransångare 2
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 21
Coal Tit Svartmes 8
Blue Tit Blåmes 14
Great Tit Talgoxe 8
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 6
Chaffinch Bofink 3
Brambling Bergfink 1
Siskin Grönsiska 2
Redpoll Gråsiska 4
Redpol flammea Gråsiska 3
Redpoll cabaret Gråsiska 2
Bullfinch Domherre 6
Yellowhammer Gulsparv 1
Reed Bunting Sävsparv 2




10th October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 10 Oct, 2017 13:51:32

Very strong winds restricted the number of nets that could be opened in safety to 10, which were opened at 0645 and closed at 1100 as the wind increased again.

A total of 71 new birds of 13 species/ sub-species, the majority of which were Gråsiska (Repoll)

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

Wind: North-west
Strength: Very strong, 14-19 m/s
Temperature: 9
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 4
Dunnock Järnsparv 1
Robin Rödhake 8
Blackcap Svarthätta 1
Chiffchaff Gransångare 1
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 16
Blue Tit Blåmes 5
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 1
Chaffinch Bofink 1
Siskin Grönsiska 1
Redpoll Gråsiska 5
Redpol flammea Gråsiska 10
Redpoll cabaret Gråsiska 17


Sightings of interest

Hen Harrier Blå kärrhök 1 Female, migrating S
Great Grey Shrike Varfågel 1 Staging


9th October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 10 Oct, 2017 13:12:52

Overnight rain continued in the early morning, preventing nets from being opened until 0830, with the strong NW to NE wind resulting in limited nets being used.

Nets opened at 0830 until 1215 with just 33 new birds of 10 species.

Visited by Lasse this afternoon who came out in the hope of seeing the Blåstjärt (red-flanked Bluetail) but no joy for him when he left to look again at 1400.

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

Wind: North-west, becoming NE
Strength: Strong, 8-13 m/s, gradually easing
Temperature: 11
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10 km
Cloud cover: Partly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 2
Dunnock Järnsparv 1
Robin Rödhake 5
Song Thrush Taltrast 2
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 10
Coal Tit Svartmes 1
Blue Tit Blåmes 6
Great Tit Talgoxe 2
Chaffinch Bofink 1
Siskin Grönsiska 3




8th October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 08 Oct, 2017 10:13:47

No ringing possible today due to very strong winds and rain. The first day in October that ringing has not been possible and only the 10th day of no ringing since work commenced on 2ns April.

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

Wind: North-west
Strength: Very strong, 14-19 m/s
Temperature: 9
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10 km
Cloud cover: Overcast 8/8
Precipitation: Moderate rain


7th October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 07 Oct, 2017 15:49:05

Nets opened at 0615 in a moderate wind from the NW which soon dropped to almost calm conditions throughout the netting session which finished at 1300 with only one light shower of rain reducing netting for about 45 minutes.

Despite overcast & calm conditions less birds than hoped for were caught, just 105 of 15 species/ sub-species.

A guided talk for 9 people was given at 1130 until 1245.

A Taigablåstjärt (Red-flanked Bluetail) was located at Tores garden area during the morning, so after netting had finished we went to the site and were rewarded with good views as it fed on the ground and in the undergrowth. Mikael, who arrived on the last ferry managed to hear, but not see, the Blåstjärt. Tomorrow!!!

Niklas did a migration watch in the north from 0645 until 1115.

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

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


Birds ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 9
Dunnock Järnsparv 1
Robin Rödhake 22
Song Thrush Taltrast 8
Blackcap Svarthätta 2
Chiffchaff Gransångare 2
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 36
Blue Tit Blåmes 6
Great Tit Talgoxe 2
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 8
Chaffinch Bofink 2
Siskin Grönsiska 1
Redpol flammea Gråsiska 1
Redpoll cabaret Gråsiska 3
Reed Bunting Sävsparv 2


Sightings of interest

Bean Goose Sädgås 1 Same bird as 6th, still looks exhausted
Short-eared Owl Jorduggla 1 At first light, flying over reeds
European Green Woodpecker Gröngöling 2 Flying north past Obs
Red-flanked Bluetail Tajgablåstjärt 1 Staging - SUDD
Common Crossbill Mindre korsnäbb 4 Migrating

Migration watch in north - 0645-1115
Hen Harrier Blå kärrhök 2 Migrating
Common Wood Pigeon Ringduva 2,475 Migrating
Tree Pipit Trädpiplärka 2 Migrating
Song Thrush Taltrast 445 Migrating. 3rd highest ever count in Stockholm area





6th October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 06 Oct, 2017 14:20:40

Nets opened at 0630 but restricted to 15 due to the continuing strong NW wind. Nets closed at 1200 with 96 new birds of 14 species/ sub-species.

Plenty of birds passing over the island. Niklas, who arrived this morning is in the north this afternoon. Summary of the highlights of the migration count done in the north by Niklas between 1200 & 1600hrs is shown below.

A Sädgås (Bean Goose) of the race 'rossicus' was present on the football pitch all morning. A very tired bird that only flew short distances when flushed.

Afternoon will be spent emptying more nest boxes

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

Wind: North-west
Strength: Strong, 9-11 m/s
Temperature: 10
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 10
Dunnock Järnsparv 2
Robin Rödhake 13
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 18
Blackcap Svarthätta 3
Chiffchaff Gransångare 2
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 36
Coal Tit Svartmes 2
Blue Tit Blåmes 1
Treecreeper Trädkrypare 4
Redpoll flammea Gråsiska 1
Redpoll cabaret Gråsiska 1
Reed Bunting Sävsparv 2


Sightings of interest

Bean Goose rossicus Sädgås 1 Exhausted - on football pitch
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 1 Foraging
Barn Swallow Ladusvala 2 Migrating
Fieldfare Björktrast 3 Staging
Song Thrush Taltrast 200 Staging
Eurasian Bullfinch Domherre 1 Call


Migration count in north - 1200-1600hrs

Golden Eagle Kungsörn 1 1cy, migrating
Peregrine Falcon Pilgrimsfalk 1 Migrating
Common Wood Pigeon Ringduva 4,275 Migrating
Meadow Pipit Ängspiplärka 178 Migrating
Great Grey Shrike Varfågel 1 Migrating
Rook Råka 1 Migrating
Hooded Crow Kråka 113 Migrating
Common Chaffinch Bofink 400 Migrating










5th October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 05 Oct, 2017 15:06:29

The very strong overnight winds continued for the first part of the morning, restricting netting to just 11 nets which were opened at 0630 and closed at 1300 to give 167 new birds of 12 species.

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

Wind: North-west
Strength: Very strong, 13-15 m/s decreasing
Temperature: 13
Visibility: Good, 10-20 km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Great Spotted Woodpecker Större hackspett 1
Wren Gärdsmyg 4
Dunnock Järnsparv 2
Robin Rödhake 48
Song Thrush Taltrast 5
Blackcap Svarthätta 9
Chiffchaff Gransångare 12
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 4
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 75
Blue Tit Blåmes 1
Redpoll Gråsiska 2
Reed Bunting Sävsparv 4


Sightings of interest

White-tailed Eagle Havsörn 3 Flying overhead
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sparvhök 5 Migrating
Common Raven Korp 2 Flying overhead
Common Chaffinch Bofink 400 Migrating
Eurasian Siskin Grönsiska 200 Migrating
Common Crossbill Mindre korsnäbb 8 Migrating




4th October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 04 Oct, 2017 11:44:15

Restricted net opening due to the strength and direction of the wind, with just 3 nets open from 0630 until 1100.

A total 21 new birds of four species.

Starting to clean and repair nest boxes in the woods this afternoon.

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

Wind: West
Strength: Very strong, 14-19 m/s
Temperature: 13
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Dunnock Järnsparv 1
Robin Rödhake 13
Gransångare Chiffchaff 2
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 5




3rd October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 03 Oct, 2017 10:15:49

Reduced netting due to a strong SW wind that eventually brought periods of rain. Nets opened from 0630 until 0900 with 32 new birds of 6 species.

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

Wind: South-west
Strength: Vary strong, 9-13 m/s
Temperature: 13
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10km
Cloud cover: Overcast
Precipitation: Showers


Birds ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 1
Dunnock Järnsparv 1
Robin Rödhake 18
Blackcap Svarthätta 2
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 9
Chaffinch Bofink 1




2nd October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 02 Oct, 2017 11:54:50

Very strong winds delayed net opening until 0630 when it was light enough to see which nets could be opened safely. Only 5 nets opened, with one of these closed as the wind increased, with the rest closed at 1100. Just 9 new birds of 6 species - a big difference to the last few days!

End of month paperwork this afternoon, with winds predicted to rise to 21 m/s with rain arriving.

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

Wind: South-east
Strength: Very strong, 14-19 m/s
Temperature: 13
Visibility: Moderate, 4-10km
Cloud cover: Overcast, 8/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Wren Gärdsmyg 1
Dunnock Järnsparv 1
Robin Rödhake 2
Chiffchaff Gransångare 1
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 2
Chaffinch Bofink 2


Sightings of interest

Brent Goose Prutgås 50 Migrating SW low over Obs
White-tailed Eagle Havsörn 1 Flying overhead
Eurasian Woodcock Morkulla 1 Flushed from cover at dawn




1st October 2017

2017 OktoberPosted by Chris Sharpe 01 Oct, 2017 14:45:10

Nets at Bredmar opened at 0600 and closed at 1200 with 184 new birds of 12 species.

At SUDD nets opened at 0600 and closed at 1100 with 52 new birds of 6 species to give 236 of 13 species, a good start to the month.

Janne, Håken, Fredrik, Liam & Mats all left the island today to give just two at the Obs overnight: Chris & Kay.

Wind: South-east
Strength: Strong, 8-11 m/s
Temperature: 15
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Cloudy, 6-7/8
Precipitation: Dry


Birds ringed

Bredmar
Wren Gärdsmyg 3
Dunnock Järnsparv 5
Robin Rödhake 77
Song Thrush Taltrast 2
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 3
Chiffchaff Gransångare 4
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 2
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 77
Blue Tit Blåmes 7
Great Tit Talgoxe 2
Chaffinch Bofink 1


SUDD

Robin Rödhake 15
Blackcap Svarthätta 1
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 2
Goldcrest Kungsfågel 31
Blue Tit Blåmes 2
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 1