Wake up very early in the morning, cycle to Flommen, wear hip boots and go inside the reedbed to set up some nets. Again in the Flommen hut, I use to look south and see the lighthouse, that very soon turns off. This is the routine for the 'Flommen Team' (Albin, Marcel, Stephen and me).
Just before the sunrise, firsts Tree Pipits (Anthus trivialis) and Yellow Wagtails (Motacilla flava) appear in active migration. During all morning are usually followed by flocks of Crossbills (Loxia curvirostra), that we always check, looking for Two-barreds. Whinchats (Saxicola rubetra) and Northern Wheatears (Oenanthe oenanthe) are quite common in the bushes around the Flommen ringing hut, also the local Meadow Pipits (Anthus pratensis) and Skylarks (Alauda arvensis).
|This juvenile Skylark (A.arvensis) has been trapped this |
morning in the middle of the reedbed!
|Yellow Wagtails are difficult to catch, but are extremely |
|Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus), a 1st-year female.|
|Wryneck (Jynx torquilla). We caught two!|
|1st-year male Red-spotted Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica svecica)|
About 10 o'clock, raptors in migration are also common above the reedbed. Common Buzzards (Buteo buteo), Honey Buzzards (Pernis apivorus), Marsh Harriers (Circus aeroginosus), Red Kites (Milvus milvus) and, of course, lots of Sparrowhawks (Accipiter nisus) are the most habitual species. Some days ago we saw an adult Black Stork (Ciconia cigra) migrating as well, followed with some Pernis. Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) and White-tailed Eagles (Haliaeetus albicilla), are also easy to see.
|1st-year Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus). At least we |
have trapped one..!
|This frog is also part of the routine: every day is in the same|
place, besides net 8 in the southern round.
|1st-year Spotted Crake (P.porzana), caught on the nets.|
|1st-year Water Rail (R.aquaticus), caught on a wader trap.|