zaterdag 27 oktober 2012

Migrating birds over the Rammelwaard

Over the past few weeks Tammo and I have been doing some bird counting in the Rammelwaard, north of Zuthpen to see if it has any potential, as (a raptor) migration watchpoint. And it surely does!

On the 19th of October Tammo did some counting there, and in just a two hours of counting (10-12) he had 22 Buzzards and 11 Sparrowhawks. Not a bad result for a two-hour count.
Four migrating Buzzards (Buteo buteo), Rammelwaard by Tammo.

The next day (20 october) we stood there from 9:15 till 12:15. During these three hours we experienced massive migration!

Results below:
Hours of counting            9.15                 10.15                11.15 total
Cormorant 9 9
Buzzard 1 1
Jay 2 2
Yellowhammer 1 1
Goldcrest 2 2
Meadow Pipit 100 67 40 207
Greenfinch 2 2
Mistle Thrush 5 22 4 31
Great Egret 3 9 3 15
Dunnock 4 4
Wood Pigeon 18 8 22 48
Jackdaw 12 12
Brambling 12 15 6 33
Lapwing 54 1 55
Great Grey Shrike 1 1 2
Linnet 2 1 4 7
Great Tit 10 6 8 24
Redwing 542 622 347 1511
Fieldfare 1 15 16
Blackbird 1 1
Blue Tit 5 5
Goldfinch 5 5
Reed Bunting 16 8 8 32
Tree Sparrow 3 10 13
Siskin 6 8 5 19
Shoveler 4 4
Merlin 1 1
Sparrowhawk 1 2 5 8
Starling 237 102 15 354
Long-tailed Tit 8 8
Chiffchaff 1 1
Skylark 39 313 326 678
Chaffinch 663 1023 320 2006
Water Pipit 2 2
White Wagtail 18 4 2 24
Song Thrush 52 60 11 123
Carrion Crow 4 4 8



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Quite good results for our new try-out place! Here again some photos made by Tammo from the morning:
One of the two migrating Great Grey Shrikes (Lanius excubitor)!
Many groups of Skylarks (Alauda arvensis) passed by.
Here are 3 of the 15 Great White Egrets (Ardea alba) that passed by.

Today (the 27th of October) I decided to go to the Rammelwaard again. Yesterday good numbers of Cranes already passed through the Netherlands and I gave myself the best chance along the IJssel, so why not! 

It was really cold (-2 when I left) with quite a strong wind from the north, not ideal when you're travelling 20km on a scooter.. Anyway, arriving at the Rammelwaard, there was little migration. There were many thrushes present however, especially 100s of Fieldfares. 

From 9:45-12:15 I counted 19 migrating Buzzards and 6 migrating Sparrowhawks. I also saw, 1 Lesser-spotted Woodpecker, a Redpoll sp, 30 Tundra Bean Geese and many other common migrants/birds.

 Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)
 Wood Pigeons (Columba livia) with some Stock Doves (Columba oenas)
 Group of Fieldfares (Turdus pilaris)
Male Sparrowhawk (Accipter nisus), passing by low overhead.

For more see Tammo's blog: http://www.natuurveluwe.blogspot.com

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