donderdag 25 november 2010

Sadly, the ringing season is really coming to an end now

Still had a ringing session Saturday with good weather but there were almost no birds around:
Wren 1-2 
Robin 4-3
Blue tit 15-3
Goldcrest 4-1

And that was about it ...

zondag 14 november 2010

Inland snow bunting

Got a text message this morning from Tim if I felt like going to search for a a Snow bunting that had been claimed at the Tongerense Heide yesterday near Gortel, aproxx. 15 km from home. Maarten Kaales also went for a search  (as usual, we had to find the bird for him haha..joking). We arrived at the exact location around 12.30 and immediately found the bird. It was not shy at all and it could be approuched very closeby.Unfortunately this bird resides just a few hundred metres away from our county. It was my first bird for Gelderland. 2 years ago I saw one in my own county (luckily) near the Veenoordkolk, this was the region of Overijssel however so it did not count for my Gelderland list. Here the link to the Snow Bunting of two years ago:
Here are some photos of the very tame Snow bunting:

zondag 7 november 2010

Mealy Redpoll and Skylark

It was a good november morning with again good numbers of Blue tits and a nice Mealy Redpoll and Skylark.

Boomkruiper (short-toed Treecreeper) 1-0
Goudhaan (Goldcrest) 1-0
Goudvink (Bullfinch) 1-0
Grote Barmsijs (Mealy Redpoll) 1-0
IJsvogel (Kingfisher) 0-1
Koolmees (Great Tit) 11-5
Merel (Blackbird) 1-0
Pimpelmees (Blue tit) 38-3
Roodborst (Robin) 3-0
Tjiftjaf (Chiffchaff) 1-1 one recap from 4-09-10! Should be in Spain/Morocco by now!
Veldleeuwerik (Skylark) 1-0
Vink (Chaffinch) 1-0
Winterkoning (Wren) 1-1
Zwarte mees (Coal Tit) 3-0
Total: 64-11 = 75

donderdag 4 november 2010


Yesterday I saw my first Waxwing of the year! It was about time that one would turn up in my county because they've been seen everywhere throughout the country (especially in the western and northern regions). This one I saw in my own county, in my own town, in my own street, in my own garden!! At 10.40 Am I set off to school for a math exam I had to do at 11.00 Am. When I drove across our house I saw a weird blackbird sitting in our apple tree! I usually see blackbirds eating the apples in our apple tree but this time it was something else. It was a waxwing! I heard it calling as well. I soon warned my dad that I just saw a Waxwing in our front garden. I was forced to leave to school for my math exam (too bad..). When I got home from school again my dad said the bird was gone, probably chased away by our local Blackbirds. He made some decent photo's of our garden Waxwing:
                                                                      (Tammo Meijer)