Report of the month



Report of the month - March

 

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 march, the bird ringing station "Schlammwiss" caught about 855 birds of 34 species. This number is subdivided in 581 E, 187 W and 87 K. None bird foreign origin has been caught.

 

The total amount of birds for the month  is higher than the average amount of birds caught in february 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. COCCOC Hawfinch 172
2. PARCAE Blue tit 112
3. ERIRUB Robin 74
4. EMBSCH Reed bunting 73
5. PARMAJ Great tit 61

Interesting birds captured:

  • 1 Anthus pratensis
  • 53 Anthus spinoletta
  • 4 Carduelis spinus
  • 172 Coccothraustes coccothraustes
  • 1 Garrulus glandarius
  • 1 Luscinia svecica
  • 1 Phoenicurus ochruros
  • 39 Phylloscopus collybiata + 2 spp. abietinus
  • 1 Rallus aquaticus
  • 8 Sylvia atricapilla

First spring arrivals:

Species Date
Phylloscopus collybiata 10.3
Phoenicurus ochruros 24.3
Luscinia svecica 25.3
Rallus aquaticus
31.3
Sylvia atricapilla 31.3

Summary

Distribution of the age:

Code Amount Definiton
C 5 older than four years
B  10 born four years ago
A 3 older than three years
9 13 born three years ago
8  10 older than two years
7  23 born two years ago
6  150 older than one year
5  298 born last year
4  341 age unkown, but not born this year
3 / born this year
2  2 age unknown
1 / nestling

Foreign birds that we controlled this year:

Month Species Country
January / /
February Sturnus vulgaris Beglium
March Phylloscopus collybita Belgium
  Phylloscopus collybita Belgium
  Emberiza schoeniclus 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 46 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 ornitho.lu

Observation

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Thank you!


Photos of this month

Extra story:

A recapitulation of our waterpipitproject this year


 

 

Thanks to the editiors of this report:

Charel Klein

Jim Schmitz, Cédric Brodin

Report of the month - February

 

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 february, the bird ringing station "Schlammwiss" caught about 621 birds of 25 species. This number is subdivided in 233 E, 128 W and 260 K. One bird foreign origin has been caught.

 

 

 

The total amount of birds for the month  is higher than the average amount of birds caught in february 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. PARCAE Blue tit 173
2. PARMAJ Great tit 145
3. ANTSPI Waterpipit 61
4. TURMER Blackbird 42
5. EMBCIT Yellowhammer 28

Interesting birds captured:

  • 1 Anas crecca
  • 3 Gallinago gallinago
  • 9 Dendrocopos major
  • 2 Dendrocopos medius
  • 1 Garrulus glandarius

 


Summary

Distribution of the age:

Code Amount Definiton
 C 6 older than four years
B 10 at least three years old
9 25 born three years ago
8 6 older than two years
7 31 born two years ago
6 56 older than one year
5 241 born last year
4 238 age unkown, but not born this year
3 / born this year
2 3 age unknown
1 / nestling

Foreign birds which we controlled this month:

Sepcies Country
STUVUL  Belgium

 

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 48 hours during 10 days working at the station.

 

 

 We also welcome the visitors on our station:

 

 

All our sightings of this month are saved in ornitho.lu

Interesting observation

Species Quantity Max
Alopochen aegyptiaca 2  
Anas crecca 6 4
Anthus spinoletta 395 115
Ardea cinerea 1  
Buteo buteo 6  
Carduelis chloris 20  
Carduelis spinus 18 18
Cadmerodius albus 11 5
Corvus corone 2  
Emberiza schoeniclus 25  
Erithacus rubecula 2  

Falco tinnunculus

5  

Fulica atra

16 8
Gallinago gallinago 4 2
Grus grus 250 80
Pica pica 75 55
Picus viridis 3  
Rallus aquaticus 6 4
Tachybaptus ruficollis 19 6
Turdus viscivorus 2  

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Thank you!


Photos of this month

Extra story:

A recapitulation of our breeding monitoring 2017

by Hanna K.

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Thanks to the editiors of this report:

Charel Klein, Jim Schmitz, Cédric Brodin, Max Steinmetz, Dave Lutgen

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Report of the month - January

 

History: The nature reserve "Schlammwiss" was founded 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 "central ornithologique luxembourg" (COL), a part of the asbl. Natur & Emwelt. Due the fact that Luxembourg doesn't have it own bird ringing central, we're working in cooperation with Belgium. Therefore, Brussel aluminium rings of the Museum of Natural Science are used for the research in Luxembourg.

 

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 part of the zone Natura 2000. Through the research area flows the river Syr and affects it by periodic flooding.

 

Research area: Around 30ha is used for researches, on a length of 1km and a width of 30-120m. The main area is covered by reeds and wetlands (20ha). Furthermore, an orchards, a forest a several ponds in the wetland and of the purification plant (SIAS) is used. Mainly, mist nets and rail traps are used for the researches of the breeding population, resting birds and over wintering individuals. There are several projects running in the nature reserve and visitation are possible

 

Summary of the ringing activity this month

The bird ringing station "Schlammwiss" caught about 459 birds and 22 species during this month. This number is subdivided in 160 E, 116 W and 183 K. In total we caught 0 birds with foreign rings.

 

This number is higher than the average of birds caught at the station. See the grafic below which shows the average number of bird of each months during the years 2001-2014.

 

Special bird this month:

 

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. PARCAE Blue tit 213
2. PARMAJ  Grat tit 118
3. PASDOM  House sparrow 19
4. ERIRUB  Robin 15
5. FRICOE  Chaffinch 15
       

A list of the foreign birds we controlled this month:

Species Country Location
 / / /
     
     

Interesting birds:

  • overwintering chiffchaffs
  • middle-spotted woodpecker
  • siskins
Code Amount Definiton
 C 5 older than four years
B 6 at least three years old
9 19 born three years ago
8 3 older than two years
7 24 born two years ago
6 28 older than one year
5 285 born last year
4 85 age unkown, but not born this year
3 / born this year
2 4 age unknown
1 / nestling

 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 were spending around 25 hours during 6 days working at the station.

 We also welcome the visitors on our station:

 

 

All our sightings of the this month are saved in ornitho.lu

Interesting observation

Species Quantity
Anas crecca 4
Casmerodius albus 3
Corvus frugilegus 10
Falco tinnunculus 1
Fulica atra 1
Picus viridis 1
Tachybaptus ruficollis 1


Photos of this month

 

 

Thanks to the editiors of this report:

Charel Klein, Jim Schmitz, Cédric Brodin, Dave Lutgen, Max Steinmetz

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Report from May to July

This report will focus on three month (May; June; July). As we had technical problems with our computer program, we did not manage to continue the monthly reports. The main issue of this report will be the monitoring of the local breeding birds and the first migrant species.

 

Over the three month period, we ringed 5.329 birds. Within these birds we had 4.349 first captures, 781 recaptures (birds ringed this year) and 199 control captures (birds ringed another year or at a foreign bird ringing station).

The main species during the monitoring were, the Reed (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) and Marsh Warbler (Acrocephalus palustris) and the Grasshopper Warbler (Locustella naevia).

 

Codes  First capture (e) Recapture (w) Control capture (k)
Reed Warbler  624 110 27 
Marsh Warbler 200 171 45
Grasshoper Warbler 54 17 3

 

The uncommon species during the breeding bird monitoring were three Melodious Warbler (Hippolais polyglotta), one ad. female and one juv. European pied flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca), an ad. female Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) and one juv. Long-eared owl (Asio otus).

 

Usually the first migrants arrive around the 15th of July.  The first migrants to arrive are either species taking the eastern migratory way, Marsh Warbler (Acrocephalus palustris), Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio) or lesser withethroat (Sylvia curruca), or species which start their migration quite early as the Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenabaenus) or the Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus).

 

Another interesting species was an immature Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus).

 

The most interesting species for this three month period was an adult Blyth’s Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus dumetorum), which stayed singing from the 27th of June until the 9th of July. It was the second time for this species to be recorded in Luxemburg. The bird was captured twice, once on the 28th of June and a second time on the 6th of July.

 

During the three month period we had two people working daily on the ringing station, furthermore we had several school classes coming to visit the ringing station.

 

 

Thanks as usual to the team for the effort they make in our station .

 

 

Autor: Dave Lutgen

 

Other activitys:

  • Start with a new long term monitoring of waterrail -- Dave --> read more
  • Hoopoe project at Kaiserstuhl -- Charel --> read more
  • Uploading the report of the year 2014 --> read more

 

Visit of our members from the Schlammwissteam:

  • Trip to 'Federsee' -- Charel, Dave, Max --> read more
  • Birdringing at Kaiserstuhl -- Charel --> read more
  • Birdingtrip Turkey -- Charel, Joseph, Raoul --> read more
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Report of the month April

 

Ringing in April is comparable to the weather situation in April, this means that there is a mixture of sunny, foggy and very rainy days. Usually migration is very similar, a great diversity of species can be detected.

 

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Ringing in April is comparable to the weather situation in April, this means that there is a mixture of sunny, foggy and very rainy days. Usually migration is very similar, a great diversity of species can be detected.

 

All in all in the Month of April we caught 647 birds, from which 435 were first captures, 133 recaptures from 2015 and 79 control captures birds not ringed in 2015. The diversity with 51 different species is very good for the Month of April.

Typical birds for the Month of April have been the first Reed and Bush Warbler species: Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenabaenus), Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus), Savi's warbler (Locustella luscinioides) and Grasshopper Warbler (Locustella naevia). Furthermore we caught the first Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica), the first Nightingales (Luscinia megarhynchos) and a spotted crake (Porzana porzana).

 

From a migrational point of view most of the birds have been Blackcaps (Sylvia atricapilla) with 153 individuals. During the first two weeks of April migration was still low with an increasing diversity and the last two weeks were marked some very interesting captures: 2cy male Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra), the first Wyrneck (Jynx torquilla) and a very early Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus).

 

 This month special has definitely been the Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) which was a first for the Ringing station.

 


Thanks as usual to the team for the effort they make in our station .

  

 

Other activitys:

 

Visit's done by members of the Schlammwissteam:

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Report of the month March

Ringing this month was definately marked by the progress of the ongoing Water Pipit Project, in total 50 Water Pipits (Anthus spinoletta) were captured, 40 new and 10 recaptures. Some of the recaptures have been wintering every year in the reserve for the last 4 or 5 years at least!. You can follow the progress of this project on Schlammwiss website. (click for more information)

 

In total, 435 birds were ringed and recaptured of 32 species. It was a good month compared to other years and as usual more spring migrants show up the first time during this month.

 

Some of these are White Wagtail (Motacilla alba), Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla), Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola) (2 birds ringed and recaptures from each). 1 Skylark (Alauda arvensis) and 1 Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus) were also first of season. As expected, the top species for this month that peak the migration back to their breeding grounds in this period were Robin (Erithacus rubecula) (64 ringed and recaptures), Dunnock (Prunella modularis) (55 ringed and recaptured), Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) (28 ringed and recaptured) and Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) ( 95 ringed and recaptured).

 

We also noted a small movement of Wrens (Troglodytes troglodytes) with 18 birds ringed and recaptured.

 

Other interesting species ringed were 3 Firecrests (Regulus ignicapilla), 1 Short toed Treecreeper (Certhia brachydactyla), 3 Redwings (Turdus iliacus), 2 Coots (Fulica atra) and 2 new Water Rails (Rallus aquaticus).

 

The special threat for this month was a Little Grebe that we caught in the net while flying from one pond to the other!! We did not ring a lot Little Grebes (Tachybaptus ruficollis) during the years for obvious reasons as this species don't fly around but prefer the water where they are well adapted to dive and swim, so finding the bird in the net was a surprise.

 

Although usually the month of March is a quite one for bird ringing as most of the migrants or summer visitors have not arrived yet, it is always a pleasure to see the first spring migrants and the first signs of breeding after the long winter months.

 

 

Thanks as usual to the team for the effort they make in our station .


Working time: 114 hours

 

 


Autor: Joseph Dunlop

 

Other activitys:

  • New Update for the waterpipitproject --> read more

 

Visit of our members from the Schlammwissteam:

 

  • Pallas's leaf warbler in Belgium -- (Jim, Raoul, Charel, Guy) --> see photos below
  • Ringday -- (Jim, Cedric, Joseph, Raoul, Charel) --> read more
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Report of the month - February

The month of February is usually one of the slowest ringing months of the year.

This is usually because of two main reasons:

One is the maintenance work in the reserve that takes priority on bird ringing and secondly is that the spring migration has not started yet and the only birds around are those that survived the cold winter.

(--> more about the report of the weather see below)

 

In total, we ringed 48 birds and recaptured 100. The usual pattern was observed again this year , first spring migrants to arrive, as every year, were Reed Buntings (Emberiza schoeniclus), 8 in total in the last two weeks of the month. 1 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) was also ringed .

The Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta) project has started so 2 new birds were ringed and 4 recaptured.

Other interesting captures were 1 Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) quite out of season, 3 Moorhens (Gallinula chloropus) and 3 Fieldfares (Turdus pilaris) that were attracted to the apples in the orchard. The two Middle Spotted Woodpeckers (Dendrocopos medius) and the Nuthatch (Sitta europaea) are still hanging around the feeders in the forest. The usual winter birds are still around with 44 Blue Tits (Cyanistes caeruleus) ringed and recaptured, 6 Yellowhammers (Emberiza citrinella), 3 Willow Tits (Poecile montana) , 7 Cahffinches (Fringilla coelebs) and 10 Robins (Erithacus rubecula) .


 

We thank the team for the maintenance work they performed this month on the reserve.

 

Autor: Joseph Dunlop

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Other activitys:

 

Visit of our members from the Schlammwissteam:

  • Dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis) and Lesser scaup (Aythya affinis) in Netherlands & meeting of birdringinggroups at the institut royal des sciences naturelles de belgique in brussels
  • Island -- (Jim) --> see photos
  • Spotted nutcracker (Nucifraga caryocatactes) -- (Jim & Dave & Raoul)--> read more
Birdringingstation Schlammwiss in February by Dave Lutgen
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Report of the month - January

As usual , January was a quiet month for bird ringing. In total 8 ringing sessions were carried but much more technical visits and work were done. In the beginning of the month , an inventory of all the ringing material and rings was carried out. Still, with 8 sessions only, 448 birds were ringed and recaptured mostly in the last two weeks of the month when the weather turned cold and chilly.

 

This is a good number for January!

Most of the birds are caught near the bird feeders at this time of the year or at the water's edge with special traps. Interesting captures were a Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) on the 17th, 1 Chiffchaff (Phy. collibita) and 2 wintering Water Rails (Rallus aquaticus) thanks to the effort made to check the winter population of Rails in our reserve . To note also were 6 Long tailed Tits (Aegithalos caudatus) of the nominate ssp, 3 Mallards (Anas plathy.), 17 Yellowhammers (Emb. citrinella) and 1 Magpie (Pica pica).

We had also some remarkable recaptures of 3 different Nuthatches (Sitta europea) and 3 Middle Spotted Woodpeckers (Dendrocopus medius) that are visiting the feeders on a regular basis, the latter is quite worthy of note since it is not that common to have 3 Medium Spotted Woodpecker visiting our feeders on the habitats of our reserve.

It was a good opportunity for the team to learn more about this secretive species of woodpecker. Schlammwiss Reserve is not only about bird ringing but our team also keeps a good lookout on the birds around.

 

The big task for this month was observing the water pipits (Anth. spinoletta) roost in preparation for the GPS project that will take place in the coming months, more info on this project on our website, click here

There was up to 6 Teals around (Anas crecca) 2-3 Water Rails (Rallus aquaticus) wintering in Sias area, regular flocks of Siskins (Carduelis spinus) visiting the Birch trees during the day and 2 Black headed Gulls (Lar. ridibundus) were also observed in the first days. Cormorants number increased in the reserve as the water starts to freeze in lakes and waterways around the reserve but fortunately the water does not freeze in the water treatment ponds so it's a good fishing place for Cormorants.

A white wagtail (Mot. alba) and at least 2 Grey Wagtails (Mot. cinerea) are passing the winter in the resrerve too. Up to 6 Great White Egrets (Ardea alba) were obsreved flying over the reserve , some roost in the reserve too.

We also observed an increase in the numbers of Fieldfares (Turd. pilaris) and Blackbirds (Turd. merula) at the last week of the month probably due to the recent cold snap that pushed more birds from the North to move South.

 

The nestboxes have been cleaned on Sunday morning, the 18th with Raoul, Tiago and Cédric. We got a surprise in one of them being populated by a mice family.

 

Thanks to the team for the effort they make even in this cold weather to work, ring and observe birds in our reserve.

 

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Other activitys:

 

 

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Visit of our members from the Schlammwissteam:

  • Wallcreeper in Dinant (Raoul & Dave & Jim) --> read more
  • Bonn for ringing parakeets (Jim & Nicole & Cédric & Dave) --> read more
  • Radolfzell for ringingexam in Germany (Dave & Charel) --> read more
  • Hasel/Schopfheim for 3 million Brambling (Dave & Charel & Max) --> read more
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