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2017-11-30: Ringing at the Lighthouse in autumn 2017 - a short review
Yet another autumn season is completed, the 38th of the standardised ringing series. It turned out this was one of the poorer seasons with only 7,460 ringed birds (of 54 species). The total is only just over half of the reference value (average 1980-2009) and the third lowest total for the season in the series.
Consequently, many species were less abundant than usual. Among the tropical migrants, it was only Lesser Whitethroat that reached a total that exceeded the reference value. At the lower end, we find species such as Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler and Pied Flycatcher with 45, 28 and 27 % of their respective reference values.
Also among species migrating within Europe, the figures were consistently low. Normally abundant species such as Robin and Goldcrest only reached 61 and 58 % of the reference values. Species that also show a long-term increase, such as Wren, Blackbird, Chiffchaff and Firecrest, can more easily exceed the reference values as these are based on totals from the first 30 years. Firecrest even registered a new seasonal best for the fourth year in a row, now with a total of 28.
Tits and other irruptive species were infrequent. The visible Crossbill irruption in the sky above us is hardly evident in the ringing records. Blue tits were relatively few ‒ the 1,279 that were ringed only represent a third of the reference value. Great tits were even less abundant with only 11 % of the reference value. According to oral reports, the breeding season for tits was poor and in spite of there being plenty of beechnuts (again) in the forests. However, at the end of the season, lots of Redpolls appeared, thus being the irruptive species of the season from a ringer's point of view.
The highest daily
total was 716 birds on 19th October. Among the top ten daily totals, seven
occurred in the latter half of October. Unlike last year, periods of easterly
winds were both fewer and shorter, except in the second half of October. One can
presume that a slight influx of easterly birds contributed to the increase in
the daily totals.
All totals for the season are to be found HERE
29 October 2017: IBOC 2
Three years ago, Falsterbo B.O. hosted the first ever International Bird Observatory Conference, kicking off what we hoped would be a series of future conferences. Today marks day 4 of the second IBOC, this time hosted by one of our partners, Cape May Bird Observatory, New Jersey, USA.
We are delighted to be here, talking about different subjects. One is birdobservatories.com, a unified portal for bird observatories around the world. Furthermore, we talk about global phenology change and how we run our own bird observatory, both very good for great discussions.
But most of all, we are happy to see old friends, make new ones and spawn ideas
for future collaborations. #IBOC2017
28 August 2017: Report from Cape May (Emil Lundahl)
As part of our ongoing youth exchange program with Cape May Bird Observatory (USA) and Sprun Bird Observatory (England) Emil Lundahl is now at Cape May and reports following from the first days:
On the 28th of August I arrived in Cape May, New Jersey, to participate in the work of Cape May Bird Observatory in the next three weeks. These first couple of days I've been participating in an orientation program set up for the staff of the upcoming autumn season.
Cape May Bird Observatory has three stations for counting the migrating birds: the Higbee Dike for songbirds, the Hawk Watch for raptor counts and the Avalon Seawatch. Besides this, raptors are ringed/banded and Monarchs are tagged. So far we have been visiting the Higbee dike and the Avalon Seawatch and I'm looking forward to experience more of Cape May!
1 August 2017: Time again for Migration Counts
Today Nils Kjellén started another season of migration counts at Nabben. The first day was, as could be expected, rather quiet with 761 birds counted. Of these, a good 300 were Common Crossbills, and among them a Two-barred Crossbill was spotted. Fifteen raptors left for Denmark and then there were some ducks, some waders, some gulls and some terns.
13 July 2017: Ringing report 2016
Daily trapping and ringing of migrants (mainly passerines) was carried out at Falsterbo (55.23 N, 12.50 E), southern Sweden, during spring and autumn in 2016. This was the 37th consecutive year with standardised ringing at this site. Within this programme 25,453 birds of 90 species were ringed (average 1980-2009: 22,491 birds of 81 species).
Additional ringing efforts were made in connection with special projects etc.
One was the fourth year with a “trial period” of three weeks (1-20 March) before
the ordinary start of the spring season and another similar period of ten days
(11-20 November) after the ordinary end of the autumn season.
29 June 2017: Summary of ringing in spring 2017
Another spring season is over. The grand total for the standardised ringing at the Lighthouse, in spring 2017 landed on 5,096birds of 58 species (reference number: average 1980-2009: 3,809). It is the fifth highest spring total in the 38-year long series. Two species were ringed in four-digit numbers, and it was the two usual ones, European Robin (1,492) and Willow Warbler (1,142), however, the total for Willow Warbler is still below the reference number. The third most ringed species was Eurasian Siskin (499). Another eight species (Winter Wren, Dunnock, Common Redstart, Song Thrush, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, Common Chiffchaff and Goldcrest were ringed in three-digit numbers, all below 250.
Species wintering in Europe, which were ringed in high numbers relative to their
reference numbers were Winter Wren, Dunnock, European Robin, Song Thrush,
Redwing, Common Chiffchaff, Firecrest, European Goldfinch, Eurasian Siskin and
Redpoll. Especially the numbers of Siskins (499) is remarkable and it is the
second highest spring total through the years. Among long-distance migrants
ringed in higher numbers than normally were Common Redstart, Marsh Warbler,
Icterine Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat and Blackcap. In particular, Lesser
Whitethroat reached a high number (178), which is the second highest spring
total through the years.
15 May 2017: Kestrel-TV online
Finally we have
now have live-streaming from the Kestrel's nest on the Falsterbo Lighthouse.
This time it's a YouTube stream,
which means better quality than before. It's going to be even better when we get
broadband via fiber.
6-8 May 2017: A monthly total in three days
In the last three
days lots and lots of small passerines have been resting on the Falsterbo
peninsula. More than 1,400 (428+531+451) have been ringed at the Lighthouse
Garden, which is more than the monthly totals in May during the last six years.
The daily total of 7 May (531) is only the 6th time in the standardised series
(1980 onwards) that a daily total exceeds 500 in May and it is the first time
during the 2000s.
The main reason
for this mass behaviour of birds is very likely related to weather. Earlier in
the week it was cold and windy and a rain area was stationary over the northern
parts of Germany. Birds were halted by the rain south of the Baltic Sea.
15 April 2017: IBOC-2 is taking shape
In 2014 the first International Bird Observatory Conference (IBOC) was held in Falsterbo, Sweden organised by Falsterbo Bird Observatory. The idea was already then that this would be the start of a regular conference to gather the world´s bird observatories. The baton was passed on from the conference in Falsterbo to the US.
Now, three years later, the second International Bird Observatory Conference (IBOC 2) will be held in Cape May, New Jersey, USA in October. Please help to spread this message in your circle of friends.
Registration link: Click here.
22 March 2017: A new recovery species
Today we received a recovery report of a Goldfinch, of which we had no previous recoveries. On average, less than ten Goldfinches are ringed at Falsterbo annually, so there wasn't much of a chance to get one either.
current Goldfinch was ringed as a first-year male at the Falsterbo Lighthouse on
11 October 2012. It was controlled by ringers at Klein Müritz in northern
Germany only a few days ago, 18 March 2017, four years and 157 days after
ringing. The oldest Goldfinch within Swedish ringing is a good five years
22 January 2017: Higher fees
We enter 2017 well
aware, that a large funding which has been granted during the last four years
will no be given any more. Therefore, in order to get some balance in the
economy, the fees for guiding and accommodation will be higher from now on.
We hope that this won't scare you away, after all these fees are still very moderate. Every single coin goes straight into the Bird Observatory activities. Only birds may profit from Falsterbo Bird Observatory!
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