Following yesterdays record of a Desert Wheatear in Blåvand (the fourth Danish record in 2011) Kristian Laustsen and I decided to pay a visit to Stubben. 
The fresh air certainly helped on the hangovers.

Twites, Robins, Blackbirds, Black Redstarts, Long-tailed Duck and Snow Bunting.

No Caspian or Yellow-legged Gulls were to be found today...

2nd winter female Herring Gull carrying VAEA (yellow, right leg).
Ringed in Copenhagen in February 2011


Pygmy Owl & Two-barred Crossbill

Kristian Laustsen and I left at 5:30 from Nørrebro, and at 6:49 I heard a spontaneously calling Pygmy Owl for the first time. The owl has been on the site for about a week, so we decided to spend our time looking for other owls in Pinseskoven, instead of spending the entire day to get a glimpse of an already discovered owl. We found none, however.

A couple of hours later I found a flock of (at least) 14 Two-barred Crossbill in Kongelunden (the same forest).


'Brown' Lesser Whitethroat

An eastern halimodendri minula Lesser Whitethroat was found by Henrik Kristensen on November 5 at Gronningen, Blåvand, western Denmark. Subsequently the bird was captured and ringed, and biometrics were obtained. Furthermore, a feather sample was send for DNA-analysis, hopefully aiding in correct identification.

(Almost) certainly, this small, pale Lesser 'Throat is of eastern origin, and the characteristic rattling call was heard. 

More on Netfugl and AarhusBirder


Caspian Gull at Stubben

Finally had some spare time from my studies and went to Stubben.

Not a single Phyllosc was found, no wheatears, two thrushes (Blackbirds!) and an awful lot of noise from the machines building and digging. The area soon looks too urbanized to be fruitful for birding...

The day was saved by a 1st winter Caspian Gull bathing and preening together with 10 other gulls.

Western Black-eared Wheatear

A 1st winter male Western Black-eared Wheatear  (Oenanthe [hispanica] hispanica) was found by Henrik Brandt and Per Poulsen at Thorsminde, this morning at c. 10:25 am.

Throat looks pale but has this really anything to say? More on Black-eared Wheatear

Crown and mantle uniform warm orange-brown tone, speaking for Western (hispanica), following Adv. Bird ID Guide

More photos are now available on Netfugl and at PPo's blog.

Photo: Per Poulsen