Report of the month - August


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 August, the bird ringing station "Schlammwiss" caught about  11 567 birds of 63 species. This number is subdivided in 8967 E, 2466 W and 134 K. 38 bird foreign origin has been caught.


The total amount of birds for the month August is higher (+398) than the average amount of birds caught at the station from 2001-2018 and higher (+5380) than the number of last year. The graphic below shows the average amount of birds for each month during the years 2001-2018 in comparison of the numbers of this years, 2018 and the working time for this and last year at the station Schlammwiss.



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. HIRRUS Barn Swallow 3 331
2. ARCSCI Reed Warbler

2 772

3. ARCPAL Marsh Warbler 501
4. SYLAT Blackcap 341
5. ARCSCH Sedge Warbler 278

Interesting birds captured:

  • 60 Luscinia svecica
  • 50 Delichon urbicum
  • 22 Saxicola rubetra
  • 16 Actitis hypoleucos
  • 13 Locustella luscinioides
  • 11 Phoenicurus phoenicurus
  • 9 Anthus trivialis
  • 5 Coturnix coturnix
  • 5 Hippolais icterina
  • 5 Motacilla flava
  • 5 Sylvia curruca
  • 3 Riparia riparia
  • 2 Parus montanus
  • 2 Hirunda rustica x Delichon urbicum
  • 1 Accipiter nisus
  • 1 Buteo buteo
  • 1 Passer montanus


Distribution of the age:

Code Amount Definiton
C 2 older than four years
B 2 born four years ago
A 1 older than three years
9 3 born three years ago
8 6 older than two years
7 16 born two years ago
6 9 older than one year


born last year


age unkown, but not born this year
3 7212 born this year
2 94 age unknown
1 / nestling

Distribution of nestlings - Code 1

Species Name Quantity    
    May June July
Coloeus monedula  Western Jackdaw 1    
Parus caeruleus Blue Tit 10    
Parus major Great Tit 139 39  
Passer domesticus House Sparrow 2    
Passer montanus Tree Sparrow 4    
Sitta europea Eurasian Nuthatch 8    
Athene noctua Little Owl  


Falco tinnunculus Common Kestrel   12 3
Passer montanus Eurasian Tree Sparrow   5  
Tyto alba Western Barn Owl   6  
Charadrius dubius Little Ringed Plover     2
Σ   167 70 5

Foreign birds that we controlled this year:

Month Amount Species Country  
January 1 Cyanistes caeruleus France FRP
February 1 Parus major Belgium BLB
March 1 Turdus merula Belgium BLB
  1 Troglodytes troglodytes Belgium BLB
  1 Erithacus rubecula Sweden SVS
April 1 Parus major Belgium BLB
  1 Sylvia atricapilla Belgium BLB
  1   Spain ESI
May 1 Acrocephalus scirpaceus Spain ESI
  4   Belgium BLB
June 1 Acrocephalus scirpaceus Belgium BLB
July 2 Acrocephalus palustris Belgium BLB
  2 Parus major Belgium BLB
August 3 Acrocephalus palustris Belgium BLB
  1   Germany (Radolfzell) DFR
  3 Acrocephlaus schoenobaenus Belgium BLB
  1   Germany (Radolfzell) DFR
  1   Great Britain GBT
  10 Acrocephlaus scirpaceus Belgium BLB
  1   Czech Republic CSP
  2   Germany (Helgoland) DFH
  2   Germany (Radolfzell) DFR
  1   Spain ESA
  2   France FRP
  1   Netherlands NLA
  1   Poland PLG
  1   Sweden SVS
  5 Hirunda rustica Belgium BLB
  1   Spain ESA
  1 Sylvia communis Sweden SVS


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 290 hours during 30 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

Some photographers sent us their photos which we included into our report.

All other photos are provided by Jim Schmitz.


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Thanks to the editiors of this report:

Charel Klein

Photos: Jim Schmitz, Kelly Kieffer

Providing the data: Cédric Brodin:

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