Flava wagtail 

Part of a flock of 95 Curlews after having crossed Øresund (from Sweden) 

Scenery looking exotic, but it's not. 


Next up: Spain

On thursday I'll be off to Bilbao, traveling and (some) birding along the Biscay coast of northern Spain.

Photos will follow in three weeks time.

Enø Overdrev


Tåsinge & Langeland

Visited HKn on Tåsinge, but easterlies were substituted by westerly winds and rain, and few waders were around. 

 Silver-washed Fritilary (Kejserkåbe), female, valesina

Immature White-tailed Eagle attacked by male Marsh Harrier 

Adult White-tailed Eagle (ringed on right leg) 

Herring Gull showing bleached retained juvenile outer primaries. 
However, moulted P4 and P5 seem normal.


(Greater) Short-toed Lark breeding in Denmark

Northern Europe's presumably first breeding-record of Short-toed Lark was made this summer on the island of Rømø in SW Denmark.


19 GeoLocators mounted in 2011

Todays three (new) "loggers" brings us up to 19 mounted  in 2011 (five of which were carrying loggers from 2010).

Busy feeding fledged chicks at Spåneltvej. The mate of this bird is 'XX' (red) which I caught about a month ago.


Two surprising catches

Both sunday and wednesday we had the luck to catch shrikes with GeoLocators.

This brings us 5 GeoLocators retrieved, and another 2 male shrikes with GeoLocators that still haven't been caught. Thus the return rate is (at least) 7 / 20.

The male caught last sunday was first trapped in 2009, whereupon it was trapped with the GeoLocator in 2010, and now in 2011. This, I think, is the first double return of a passerine carrying a GeoLocator, and it shall be exciting to compare the migration routes.

Soon, the field season is over and I will switch back to writing about other birds than R-b Shrikes.

This Mistle Thrush just caught an Adder.


This male Red-backed Shrike has completed two migration cycles carrying a GeoLocator on its back. 

Photo: Per Ekberg Pedersen, PEP.