tirsdag 3. februar 2015

Decent winter catch

Finally some nice winter weather! Minus 3 degrees celcius in the early morning, but quite pleasant in the sun around midday. Most of the day was spent cutting off 3-4 meters of the spruce tops in the southern parts of the trapping area. But we managed to do some ringing also, with the nets around the feeding station open from around 9.30-16.30.

Some of the spruce trees in the southern parts of the trapping area are now considerably shorter than this morning.

Total ringed: Fieldfare 29, redwing 1, blue tit 1, tree sparrow 8, house sparrow 4, starling 3, chaffinch 5, brambling 7. Total = 58. Also 16 controls. Most of the action was just before dark, when suddenly 27 thrushes were caught at once. We got a thorough reminder of why a common local name for fieldfare in rural Norway is "Shit-thrush". It was a dirty job, and somebody had to do it........

Fieldfare, in Norway also known as "Shit-thrush".......

We usually don't catch starlings in the winter, even though there are huge flocks wintering at Jaeren. 
This one should be a female because of the pale iris.

Observations: Pink-footed goose 500, white-tailed eagle 1, woodcock 1, meadow pipit 4, grey wagtail 1. Also some small flocks of fieldfares with some redwings in between.  

Pink-footed geese and whooper swans. Lake Orrevatnet in the background, undoubtedly the best birdlake in Norway.

Håvard Husebø and Alf Tore Mjøs

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