Monday, April 22

Here it comes again

Late April is usually a very good season with a huge influx of migrants.

This year is no different and despite the very strange season we had (with relate to numbers), yesterday on my way to the ringing station I could count some 3000 Levant's Sparrowhawks on the ground, on the trees and in the air. I really wanted to stop and have a proper count as it seemed like a good morning, but a short call from the ringing station suggested otherwise (surely there were much more, but I was counting while driving...)
 At the ringing station we had the best morning so far for this spring (which is low comparing to the average springs) with a total of 440 new birds mainly comprised of Blackcaps, Eastern Olivacous, Thrush Nightingale, Lesser Whitethroats & Reed Warblers. But surely the most interesting species were Barred Warbler and a very late Kingfisher. The dreamteam was happy to get a beautiful life bird to both an Olive-tree Warbler which was trapped one day earlier though...

Later during noon time many raptors were seen over K20 including:
Booted Eagles, Steppe Buzzards, Marsh Harriers and the first Honey Buzzards.
Last week, Mr Klus Bjerre from Denmark photographed the first Oriental Honey Buzzard for the season over the mountains.

Let the Spring continue...

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