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Splitternetælling på Skallingen

søndag 9. august 2020
af Michael Brunhøj Hansen, Luke Nelson

Vejr: mest klart med en del sol. Vind fra omkring nord, og temp. op til 22 grader. God sigt.

Lige da vi ankom på obs.-stedet ude på hukket, trådte vi en rastende vibe op. De er, som nogle nok ved, ikke så almindelige på hukket. Selve trækket var dog meget roligt, så der kom ikke meget i nordenvinden. Vi begik dog nok en lille fejl idet vi formentligt burde have kigget lidt højere, for vi bemærkede efterhånden at strandskaderne trak meget højt. Det må vi holde øje med i morgen hvor vindenretningen i begyndelsen skulle være nordøstlig.

Der var masser af suler, op omkring 110 der fouragerede ud for hukket. Ole gik på stranden og fik aflæst 2 splitterneringe. Der var allerede svar på den ene lidt senere på dagen, og det drejede sig om en fugl ringmærket på Sprogø.

John Frikke var også lige ude og vende på hukket. Han skulle lige snakke med Ole om næste weekends træktællekursus.

Dagens tal: ederfugl 1, gravand 12, krikand 1, rødstrubet lom 1, fiskehejre 1, strandskade 140, stenvender 1, islandsk ryle 5, vader sp. 1, rørhøg 1, stenpikker 2, skovpiber 2, småfugl sp. 1.

Nattrækket har bl.a. budt på broget fluesnapper, stor præstekrave, alm. ryle, rødben m.m.

Folk: John, Ole, Andreas, Luke, Merit, Michael.


Today I caught good numbers of migrants rather thank token individuals: 4 Willow and Garden Warblers and 3 Pied Flycatcher. Also yesterday’s Rosefinch is still about in the lighthouse garden.

I usually come across Pied Flycatchers as chicks in the nest, as I help monitor their nestboxes back in Sheffield. Once they’ve fledged they usually feed in the canopy where we don’t catch them. They return to the same areas to breed, which is remarkable considering they’ve been to Africa and back in that time.

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Pied Flycatcher. Photo: Luke Nelson

A less welcome visitor to the net was a young Roe Deer, which left a hole so I will replace the net. When Merit and Andreas were helping me close the nets we saw the deer again along with a second larger deer which we assumed was it’s mother. Nice to see but hopefully they don’t stick around the nets.

This afternoon Ole, Andreas, Merit and I headed to Skallingen, to count any birds which were there, focusing on Terns. This was my first visit there, and nice to see the wider landscape about the station. The first place we stopped there weren’t a lot of birds about, but we did see a Common Ringed Plover and it’s two chicks which was nice.

IMG 20200809 WA0005Common Ringed Plover Chick at Skallingen/Lille stor præstekrave fra Skallingen. Foto: Merit Lenk

We then headed to the end of the peninsula to count Terns. It was very hot and sunny, and we walked along the beach counting the Sandwich Terns that were heading south past us, a total of 110. When we got to the end where there are sometimes Terns resting on the sand, we were greeted with an empty beach. So we headed back barefoot walking through the super clear water which helped cool us down.

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Walking along the shoreline at Skallingen. Photo: Luke Nelson

Species Ringed Recaptures
Dunnock (Jernspurv) 1 0
Blackbird (Solsort)  0 1
Song Thrush (Sangdrossel) 1 0
Lesser Whitethroat (Gærdesanger) 1 0
Common Whitethroat (Tornsanger) 1 0
Garden Warbler (Havesanger) 4 0
Chiffchaff (Gransanger) 1 0
Willow Warbler (Løvsanger) 4 0
Pied Flycatcher (Broget Fluesnapper) 3 0
Linnet (Tornirisk) 2 0
Common Rosefinch (Karmindompap) 0 1
Bullfinch (Dompap) 1 0
Total 19 2