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A rather busy day with beginning as usual with a check of the moth trap. The station nets were also open for a total of 15 hours and a few intermitent visits to Sydhukket to check on the sea passage were made. All produced some nice surprises!
The stand out highlight from the moth trap was a very fresh female Goat Moth (Pileborer, Cossus cossus), so named because the larva have a distinct goat-like smell (although I can't say I have personnally experienced this). A few migrants were also noted amongst the 45 moths of 29 species trapped. These included Ostrinia nubilalis, Silver Y (Gammaugle,Autographa gamma), and Straw Dot (Lille Å-Ugle, Rivula sericealis). Other less common species (as well as year ticks) included Blackneck (Vikkeugle, Lygephila pastinum) and Dioryctria schuetzeella.
Female Goat Moth (Pileborer, Cossus cossus)
Blackneck (Vikkeugle, Lygephila pastinum)
There was a steady trickle of birds through the garden, most of whom where using the pond due to the lack of nearby freshwater. This led to 22 birds of 13 species being ringed. Ten recaptures were also made, including a stunning 3rd calendar year plus male Stonechat (Sortstrubet Bynkefugl, Saxicola rubicola)!
3rd calendar year plus male Stonechat (Sortstrubet Bynkefugl, Saxicola rubicola)
other highlights from the ringing...
Juvenile Stonechat (Sortstrubet Bynkefugl, Saxicola rubicola)
Juvenile Crested Tit (Topmejse, Lophophanes cristatus)
Adult male White Wagtail (Hvid Vipstjert, Motacilla alba)
- 2 Nordlig/Lille Gråsisken (Common/Lesser Redpoll, Acanthis flammea/cabaret)
- 1 Tornirisk (Linnet, Linaria cannabina)
- 1 Rødhals (Robin, Erithacus rubecula)
- 1 Topmejse (Crested Tit, Lophophanes cristatus)
- 2 Gærdesangere (Lesser Whitethroat, Curruca curruca)
- 1 Jernspurv (Dunnock, Prunella modularis)
- 1 Sortstrubet Bynkefugl (Stonechat, Saxicola rubicola)
- 2 Musvit (Great Tit, Parus major)
- 5 Skovspurv (Tree Sparrow, Passer montanus)
- 1 Hvid Vipstjert (White Wagtail, Motacilla alba)
- 1 Grønirisk (Greenfinch, Chloris chloris)
- 2 Sangdrossel (Song Thrush, Turdus philomelos)
- 2 Stær (Starling, Sturnus vulgaris)
Last but not least a few breaks between the rounds allowed me to briefly check on passing seabirds. A remarkable (given the brevity of my visits) total of 3700 Common Scoter (Sortand, Melanitta nigra) were moving north past the point. Other noteworthy sightings included 17 Red-breasted Merganser (Toppet Skallesluger, Mergus serrator) and 6 Crossbill (Lille Korsnæb, Loxia curvirostra).
See the full list of sightings in the attachment below...
People: Bent and Samuel.