Report of the month - November


History: The nature reserve "Schlammwiss" was founded in 1982 by the foundation"Hellef fir Natur" (HFN). Afterwards the group "Letzeburger Natur- a Vullenschutzliga" (LNVL) founded the station "Schlammwiss". The station is leaded by the "centrale ornithologique Luxembourg" (COL), a part of the asbl. Natur & Emwelt. Due to the fact that Luxembourg doesn't have its own bird ringing central, we work in cooperation with Royal Belgian Instutitute of Natural Sciences. Therefore, we use rings from the Belgian Museum of Natural Sciences.


Location: The bird ringing station "Schlammwiss" is located in Luxembourg, between the communities Schuttrange & Munsbach. The nature reserve is part of the 375ha big Syrvalley and is an extremely important Natura 2000 zone. The reserve is periodicly flooded due to the Syr river, which is an important generator of biodiversity.


Research area: Around 30ha are used for researche, on a length of 1km and a width of 30-120m. The main area is covered by reeds and wetlands (20ha). Furthermore, the resarch area is subdivided and caracterized by an orchard, a forest, several ponds distributed throughout the reedbed and a purification plant (SIAS). The main techniques employed are mist nets and rail traps in order to realize population estimates (i.e. breeding population, migration, overwintering population) and survival estimates by Capture-Mark-Recapture. There are several projects running in the nature reserve and visitation are possible.


Summary of the ringing activity this month

In November, the bird ringing station "Schlammwiss" caught about 640 birds of 32 species. This number is subdivided in 350 E, 283 W and 7 K. One bird foreign origin has been caught.


The total amount of birds for the month is lower than the average amount of birds caught in November at the station. The graphic below shows the average amount of birds for each month during the years 2001-2014.



E:  first capture of this individual

W:  recapture of an individual which was already captured this year

K:  individuals which were ringed one or more years ago or individuals with a foreign country or station


Top 5

1. CARCHL Greenfinch 100
2. PARCAE Blue Tit


3. ERIRUB Robin 50
4. PASDOM House Sparrow 26
5. TURMER Blackbird 14

Interesting birds captured:

  • 9 Alauda arvensis
  • 3 Acrocephalus scirpaceus
  • 100 Carduelis chloris
  • 2 Dendrocopus major
  • 12 Phylloscopus collybita
  • 1 Picus verdis
  • 1 Rallus aquaticus
  • 4 Regulus regulus


Distribution of the age:

Code Amount Definiton
C / older than four years
B 2 born four years ago
A 2 older than three years
9 4 born three years ago
8 1 older than two years
7 4 born two years ago
6 / older than one year
5 20 born last year
4 82 age unkown, but not born this year
3 421 born this year
2 104 age unknown
1 / nestling

Foreign birds that we controlled this year:

Month Species Country
January / /
February Sturnus vulgaris Belgium
March Emberiza schoeniclus France
  Phylloscopus collybita Belgium
  Phylloscopus collybita Belgium
April / /
May Acrocephalus scirpaceus Sweden
June / /
July Acrocephalus scirpaceus Latvia
  Acrocephalus scirpaceus Germany - Helgoland
  Parus major Belgium
August Acrocephalus palustris Belgium
  Acrocephalus schoenobaenus Belgium
  Acrocephalus schoenobaenus Germany - Radolfzell
  Acrocephalus scirpaceus Belgium
  Acrocephalus scirpaceus Belgium
  Acrocephalus scirpaceus Germany - Hiddensee
  Acrocephalus scirpaceus France
  Acrocephalus scirpaceus Netherlands
  Acrocephalus scirpaceus Poland
  Acrocephalus scirpaceus Spain
  Sylvia borin England
  Sylvia communis Belgium
  Sylvia curruca Belgium
September Acrocephalus scirpaceus Belgium
  Acrocephalus scirpaceus England
  Acrocephalus scirpaceus Germany - Hiddensee
  Acrocephalus scirpaceus Poland
  Acrocephalus scirpaceus Sweden
  Acrocephalus scirpaceus Sweden
  Phylloscopus caollybita Sweden
  Sylvia atricapilla Belgium
October / /
November Parus caeruleus France


The team of the bird ringing station Schlammwiss are mostly volunteers who did an excellent work this month!


 We say thank you for everyone who was helping this month!






In summary we spent around 40 hours during 9 days working at the station.



 We also welcome the visitors on our station:



All our sightings of this month are saved in


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Photos of this month

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Thanks to the editiors of this report:

Charel Klein

Jim Schmitz, Cédric Brodin, Max Steinmetz

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