Something small, something dusky!

Allmänt / 2013-10-26 / 11:49:03
The last week here at Ottenby has been quite calm, with not too many birds caught each morning. Some mornings barely any birds at all! But last Tuesday we caught another little rarity, a Dusky Warbler. A new lifer for me!
We could hear it calling already in the Heligoland trap and the excitement kicked in! 
The bird was carefully looked over before It was shown to the birders flocking by the fence, here by Mikaela and Barbara, and below by the station's chief Magnus.
Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus). Quite dull, but still a nice bird!
 Yesterday we caught about 50 Redpolls, one of my favourites. With this amount of birds you have a good opportunity to look at the variation in and between the age groups and sexes (and subspecies, though this can prove quite difficult sometimes). Like below where I'm holding an adult (second calanderyear or older), to the left, together with a juvenile (first calanderyear). One character you can look at (though not exclusively) is the tail, where the juveniles have pointier and more worn feathers.
Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea). You can tell that this is a male from the red feathers on the breast, females only have some red on the top of the head.
To continue on this educative theme, Gabriel Norevik held a little presentation/lecture about different ageing techniques and moulting patterns in Passerines. Interesting least to say! Here he's pointing out the moult limit in a young Siberian Rubythroat (Luscinia calliope).
Now I have less than a week left here at Ottenby and I'm afraid it will pass too quickly. After that it's about time that I start looking for a job for the winter!

Hummingbird Heartbeat

Allmänt / 2013-10-17 / 19:05:20
Some pictures of the different hummingbirds that we caught with mistnets in Ecuador.
Male Violet-tailed Sylph (Aglaiocercus coelestis)
Male Violet-tailed Sylph (Aglaiocercus coelestis)
Velvet-purple Coronet (Boissonneaua jardini)
Velvet-purple Coronet (Boissonneaua jardini)
Brown Inca (Coeligena wilsoni)
 Chestnut-breasted Coronet (Boissonneaua matthewsii)
 Chestnut-breasted Coronet (Boissonneaua matthewsii)
Amazing birds! I wish we would have caught more different species, since there were several others in the area. Very difficult birds to get sharp pictures of, I tell you that! :)

Ottenby Delivers

Allmänt / 2013-10-15 / 19:27:10
My first week here at Ottenby Bird Observatory has been AWESOME!
The first few days we barely caught anything, which has been the theme of this year. But then Sunday it was as if someone pulled a plug. 1564 birds ringed! Monday followed with 1241, and a Palla's Leaf Warbler! My happiness was made and the rest of my time here may turn out however it wishes :)
Here are som pictures of the week's highlights
Merlin (Falco columbarius)
 Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor)
 Female Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)
Long-eared Owl (Asio otus)
 Palla's Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus proregulus)

October - the birding month

Allmänt / 2013-10-07 / 12:59:00

Hey everyone!
I have just arrived back to Sweden after spending some days at the German island Helgoland with some birder friends. It's an amazing place that I would recommend anyone to go visit! Yellow-browed Warblers everywhere, literally! Some lifers for me were Mediterranean Gull, Firecrest (made my day when I found my own!) and Red-throated Pipit. One day we took the boat over to the second island, Düne, to search for a White's Thrush that had been sighted earlier that morning. Unfortunately we, like everyone else, were unsuccessful in this quest.

Something that makes the island even more spectacular is that it's the breeding ground for Northern Gannets. Even though I've handled countless of these beasts at the wildlife rescue-center Fågelcentralen it was very special to see them up close like this in the wild. Some pairs still had chicks, and even a few that were still covered in down. Really gorgeous birds!!

At the moment I'm on my way to Öland and Ottenby Bird Observatory for a few more weeks of birding and banding. This autumn has so far been quite amazing but also a bit stressful. Since leaving Mexico I haven't been in one place for more than a week! After Öland I will stay at home for four months, and hopefully have a payed job for most of that time. Then, in Mars, I'm finally going to Qatar!

Here is a picture of the beautiful Gannets :)

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