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Thursday, 3 November 2016

Landsort diary 3rd November 2016

13 nets opened at 0645 and closed at 1130 with 60 new birds of 14 species.
 
During the morning we became aware of forecast bad weather for the weekend and beyond, with snow predicted, some of it heavy, especially on our route home. As a result, and after speaking to Pelle and with Liam it was decided that we would be better off leaving Landsort ahead of schedule - tomorrow in fact!!!! This decision resulted in a lot of hectic activity. Nets closed and all bird bags washed and dried. All nets at Bredmar removed and stored.
 
It is now a matter of packing all of our belongings ready for loading on the ferry tonight ready for the 0630 sailing, cleaning all the floors, our room, kitchen, common room etc etc. Should be all done by the time we leave for the ferry!!!!
 
So that's it our time at Landsort for 2016 is finished - 11631 birds ringed - 2nd best year ever. It has been a tremendous experience once again, hard work but rewarding. Our friendships with those at the Obs and on the island mean a great deal to us and it will be a sad time to leave. Although we're looking forward to getting home, having to re-arrange at the last minute rather than as planned will mean it won't be possible to say goodbye and thank you to everyone - we'll just have to come back next year!!!!
 
In the meantime - thank you via the diary to everyone who has helped us, supported our efforts on behalf of the Obs and looked after us during the last 7 1/2 months.
 
So, for the first time since 2nd April - there will be no-one at the Obs overnight!!!!
 
  • North
  • Moderate wind, 4-7 m/s
  • 3
  • Moderate, 4-10 km
  • Overcast, 8/8
  • Snow flurries

  • Sightings of interest
    • Whooper Swan                          Sångsvan             13    Migrating SW 
    • Barnacle Goose                         Vitkindad gås      10    Migrating SW 
    • White-tailed Eagle                    Havsörn                 1    Flying overhead 
    • Common Snipe                         Enkelbeckasin       1    Stationary 
    • Great Spotted Woodpecker     Större hackspett   1    Foraging 
    • Waxwing                                    Sidensvans          50    Foraging
    • Bearded Tit                                Skäggmes              3    Stationary   
    • Starling                                      Stare                     10    Foraging               


    Birds ringed
    • Wren                        Gärdsmyg                      3 
    • Robin                       Rödhake                         3
    • Blackbird                Koltrast                        16 
    • Blackcap                 Svarthätta                      1 
    • Blue Tit                   Blåmes                            2 
    • Great Tit                 Talgoxe                           5 
    • Treecreeper            Trädkrypare                  1 
    • Starling                   Stare                               1 
    • Brambling              Bergfink                          2 
    • Greenfinch             Grönfink                         3 
    • Siskin                      Grönsiska                       4 
    • Redpoll                   Gråsiska                        16 
    • Mealy Redpoll        Gråsiska (flammea)       1 
    • Lesser Redpoll       Gråsiska (cabaret)          2                    

    Wednesday, 2 November 2016

    Landsort diary 2nd November 2016

    A really awful day, with storm force winds blowing rain and sleet horizontally across the island for much of the day, before the wind eased to a 'calm' 13 m/s!!!
     
    Apart from venturing out to fill the bird feeders there was not a lot of point in going out, but even that short trip had a reward. As I was filling the feeders something that I first thought was a leaf blew past me on the ground. It was in fact a soaking wet male Chaffinch that was being blown end over end across the ground before hitting the shed and lying upside down and seemingly dead. On picking it up I found signs of life and took it indoors where it spent the next 3 hours in a bird bag above an electric fire. As it dried out we gave it food which it tucked into with enthusiasm. Once dried and ring number noted (ringed here on 4th April 2014) and in a short break between sleet showers we released it and it flew off strongly, even if a bit reluctantly into the 'p**s bush'.
     
    More work on old data today, watched a film and relaxed ready for getting the nets open again tomorrow with luck - two days not ringing is more than enough!!!
     
    Just Chris & Kay at the Obs overnight.
     
  • Northeast
  • Storm, 25-32 m/s
  • 4
  • Haze, 1-4 km
  • Overcast, 8/8
  • Heavy rain

  • Sightings of interest
    • Barnacle Goose        Vitkindad gås      8    Flying overhead 
    •             (Being blown sideways by wind low over obs) 
    • Barnacle Goose        Vitkindad gås    60    Migrating SW 
    • Starling                     Stare                   50    Foraging

    Landsort diary 1st November 2016

    The weather was truly awful today - no nets open !!!!!!!!

    Kay braved the elements to do much needed washing down at the village while Chris spent the day working on the report of the years activities and analysis of previous years data.

    Also spent time clearing up a lot of broken glass from behind the Obs. This had been stored safely ready for disposal but we had not accounted for the ability of youngsters to find things to play with and jump on!!! Fortunately their visit did not result in any cuts, but not sure how!!!

    Just Chris & Kay at the Obs last night as two potential new members, who had booked an overnight stay, did not show up - wise them!!!!

  • Southeast
  • Gale, 20-24 m/s
  • 6
  • Haze, 1-4 km
  • Overcast, 8/8
  • Heavy rain
  • Tuesday, 1 November 2016

    Pictures for the Week


    Fly Agaric Fungus


    Long-tailed Tit


    Wax Wing - Handsome adult male on the left


    Male Bearded Tit


    Female Bearded Tit


    Autumn Shadows

    Monday, 31 October 2016

    Landsort diary 31st October 2016

    AT LAST - calm weather and all nets operating from 0600 until 1430. A total of 140 new birds of 20 species, with some real highlights among them. A late Lesser Whitethroat was notable, a pleasure to catch our first Bearded Tit and Twite of the year and 30 Waxwing were wonderful. Prize goes to a very late Nightingale, our second for the year, after one in late April. Always good to have a member of the rarities committee on site when this happens!!!!! All in all a great days ringing in wonderful weather, shame about the forecast for the next two days. a great way to finish a very windy month.
     
    Johan had to leave the island early due to one of his youngsters being unwell, with Måns, Mattias and assorted children leaving on the last ferry, all having seen the Nightingale and Lesser Whitethroat, so hopefully happy with their stay.
     
    Today Kay gained the accolade of reaching 4th place in the all time list of numbers ringed on Landsort, passing Henrik today, with 'only' Mattias, Bosse and Pelle ahead of her.
     
    Tonight it will be just Kay & Chris at the Obs.

  • North
  • Moderate wind, 4-7 m/s
  • 6
  • Good, 10-20 km
  • Partly clouded, 3-5/8
  • Dry weather

  • Sightings of interest
    • White-tailed Eagle                    Havsörn                        2   Flying overhead 
    • Sparrowhawk                            Sparvhök                      2   Foraging 
    • Lesser Spotted Woodpecker    Mindre hackspett         1   Foraging 
    • Waxwing                                    Sidensvans               150    Foraging
    • Raven                                         Korp                             4    Flying overhead


    Birds ringed
    • Waxwing                        Sidensvans                       30 
    • Wren                              Gärdsmyg                          6 
    • Robin                              Rödhake                            2 
    • Nightingale                    Sydnäktergal                     1 
    • Blackbird                       Koltrast                             1 
    • Lesser Whitethroat       Ärtsångare                        1 
    • Goldcrest                       Kungsfågel                         2 
    • Bearded Tit                   Skäggmes                           3 
    • Long-tailed Tit              Stjärtmes                         25 
    • Blue Tit                          Blåmes                             15 
    • Great Tit                        Talgoxe                            12 
    • Treecreeper                   Trädkrypare                     1 
    • Chafinch                        Bofink                                2 
    • Greenfinch                     Grönfink                           2 
    • Siskin                              Grönsiska                       18 
    • Twite                              Vinterhämpling                3 
    • Redpoll                           Gråsiska                           6 
    • Mealy Redpoll               Gråsiska (flammea)         2 
    • Lesser Redpoll               Gråsiska (cabaret)           1 
    • Bullfinch                        Domherre                         7                    

    Sunday, 30 October 2016

    Chris & Kay birds ringed on Landsort w/e 30th October 2016

     
    w/e 30th Oct  2016
    Species
    As at 23rd
    Kay
    Chris
    Total
    Barred Warbler
    1
     
     
    1
    Blackbird
    130
    12
    18
    160
    Blackcap
    325
     
     
    325
    Black Redstart
    1
     
     
    1
    Bluethroat
    12
     
     
    12
    Bluethroat cyanecula
    1
     
     
    1
    Blue Tit
    286
    19
    34
    339
    Blyth's Reed Warbler
    2
     
     
    2
    Brambling
    31
     
    3
    34
    Bullfinch
    191
    15
    15
    221
    Chaffinch
    194
    17
    5
    216
    Chiffchaff
    228
     
     
    228
    Chiffchaff abietinus
    1
     
     
    1
    Coal Tit
    4
     
     
    4
    Collared Flycatcher
    2
     
     
    2
    Common Redpoll
    171
    12
    25
    208
    Common Redpoll cabaret
    58
    2
    3
    63
    Common Redpoll flammea
    33
    2
    4
    39
    Common Rosefinch
    18
     
     
    18
    Cuckoo
    4
     
     
    4
    Dunnock
    60
    1
    2
    63
    Fieldfare
    5
     
    1
    6
    Garden Warbler
    93
     
     
    93
    Goldcrest
    1484
    5
    21
    1510
    Goldfinch
    17
     
     
    17
    Great Grey Shrike
    1
     
    1
    2
    Grasshopper Warbler
    2
     
     
    2
    Great Spotted Woodpecker
    18
     
    1
    19
    Great Tit
    452
    19
    22
    493
    Green Woodpecker
    3
     
     
    3
    Greenfinch
    276
    10
    13
    299
    Greenish Warbler
    1
     
     
    1
    Hawfinch
    1
     
     
    1
    House Martin
    1
     
     
    1
    Icterine Warbler
    62
     
     
    62
    Jackdaw
    5
     
     
    5
    Kestrel
    1
     
     
    1
    Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
    2
     
     
    2
    Lesser Whitethroat
    440
     
     
    440
    Linnet
    85
     
     
    85
    Little Bunting
    1
     
     
    1
    Long-eared Owl
    1
     
     
    1
    Long-tailed Tit
    189
    12
    59
    260
    Long-tailed Tit (europaeus)
    2
     
     
    2
    Magpie
    4
     
     
    4
    Marsh Tit
    8
     
     
    8
    Marsh Warbler
    13
     
     
    13
    Meadow Pipit
    4
     
     
    4
    Nightingale
    1
     
     
    1
    Nuthatch
    7
     
     
    7
    Parrot Crossbill
    1
     
     
    1
    Pied Flycatcher
    70
     
     
    70
    Red-backed Shrike
    77
     
     
    77
    Red-breasted Flycatcher
    8
     
     
    8
    Redstart
    94
     
     
    94
    Redwing
    6
     
    1
    7
    Reed Bunting
    35
     
     
    35
    Reed Warbler
    39
     
     
    39
    Robin
    1948
    36
    34
    2018
    Sedge Warbler
    6
     
     
    6
    Serin
    2
     
     
    2
    Siskin
    1008
    35
    142
    1185
    Song Thrush
    127
    2
    1
    130
    Sparrowhawk
    8
     
     
    8
    Spotted Flycatcher
    58
     
     
    58
    Starling
    66
     
     
    66
    Swallow
    14
     
     
    14
    Thrush Nightingale
    25
     
     
    25
    Treecreeper
    156
     
    5
    161
    Tree Pipit
    12
     
     
    12
    Tree Sparrow
    118
    1
     
    119
    Waxwing
     
    7
    2
    9
    Wheatear
    30
     
     
    30
    Whinchat
    6
     
     
    6
    Whitethroat
    114
     
     
    114
    White Wagtail
    57
     
     
    57
    Willow Warbler
    851
     
     
    851
    Wood Warbler
    21
     
     
    21
    Woodpigeon
    2
     
     
    2
    Wren
    259
    6
    16
    281
    Wryneck
    21
     
     
    21
    Yellow Wagtail
    1
     
     
    1
    Yellow-browed Warbler
    6
     
     
    6
    Yellowhammer
    51
    2
    3
    56
    Total
    10229
    215
    431
    10875