Congratulation to the new four birdringer in Luxembourg!

On the photo from left to right: Patrick L. (examiner), Ed M. (examiner), Max S., Kelly K., Cindy R., Elisabeth K., Guy M. (examiner)

Foreign birds captured in 2018


Note that before posting all this information everything has been reporteted to our birdringing central in Brussel, Belgium!


New autobiography of our member Kelly Kieffer

PUPIPO: La mouche-plate N°4

Le programme de sciences participatives dédié à l’étude des Ornithomyinés (Diptera, Hippoboscidae), pupipares hématophages, parasites des oiseaux, et aux Nycteribiidés, parasites des chauves-souris.

 

The station Schlammwiss is participating since 5 years!

 

New student: Bruno Eusebi

Name: Bruno Eusebi

 

Date of birth: 07/10/1995

 

 

 

After graduating from the university of Luxembourg with a bachelor in biology in my pocket, I followed up with a master in ecology and conservation at the university of Uppsala. There, a particularly great teacher sparked a dormant passion in me: birds. After plenty of early morning birding excursions, I realised what I was even more passionate about: birds of prey; especially eagles.

 

Before starting my master thesis on Steller’s sea eagles and white-tailed eagles, I had the opportunity to perform a 3 months internship and I applied at “Schlammwiss” bird ringing station as it seemed there was a very professional but also friendly team working there.

 

I see this internship as an amazing first-hand experience in bird handling and bird identification as well as a good practice in teamwork, which will prove helpful for my future avian-adventures.

 

NEXUS FUTURES

 Research project on challenges at the nexus of water, soil and nature in Luxembourg and in the Syr and Upper Sûre valleys

 

Water bodies and landscapes in Luxembourg face mounting pressures. In the framework of the EU water framework directive and Natura 2000 Luxembourg has committed to improving the status of water bodies and biodiversity. The need for action is great; implementation, however, lags behind.

 

The researchers from the NEXUS FUTURES team investigate ecological challenges in their local contexts, their links with wider societal factors and from the perspectives of diverse stakeholders, in order to develop new governance approaches for sustainability. As a pioneering example of transformative research in Luxemburg, it addresses the following overarching questions: What barriers do actors face in everyday lives and in their cooperation?  Which opportunities for a sustainable engagement with water and land do they see and seize? Which roles do developments in society, policies, agriculture, economy and technology play?

 

 

 

Kristina Hondrila, doctoral researcher in social sciences, works closely with the river partnership Syr (Fondation Hëllef fir d´Natur) and the river contract Upper Sûre (Nature Park Upper Sûre). Water quality, drinking water protection (Upper Sûre) and river restoration (Syr) have emerged as central themes from stakeholder workshops and the numerous interviews she has conducted with local and national actors.

 

In the Syr valley, she focuses on areas between Munsbach and Betzdorf, particularly Schlammwiss-Brill, where she and the student assistant Max Mattern went on two site visits guided by Stephan Müllenborn & Alexandra Arendt and Jim Schmitz (natur & ëmwelt, Fondation HfN). Pressures here come from agriculture, wastewater, transport (airport, trains, highway), business and residential areas. What will the fact that Schlammwiss-Brill has recently become a national nature reserve as part of Natura 2000 change? What lessons have been learned from the failed year-round pasture project of Mensder Brill? Will more river sections be restored?   

 

 

 

Her case studies will offer insights into barriers, tensions, contradictions and uncertainties that shape practice and policy-making at the nexus of water, nature, land and the economy (to be finalised by beginning 2020). Moreover, she will highlight various factors and approaches that facilitate cooperation and sustainability. She also draws on 15 years of professional experience with EU projects.

 

 

 

Furthermore, the NEXUS FUTURES team collaboratively develops a scenario set for Luxembourg (Dr. Ariane König, project director) and citizen science tools (Karl Pickar). The project is financed by the Environment Ministry and the University of Luxembourg.

German:

 

Forschungsprojekt zu Herausforderungen im Umgang mit Wasser, Boden und Natur in Luxemburg und an Syr und Obersauer

 

Gewässer und Landschaften sind einem zunehmenden Druck ausgeliefert. Im Rahmen der EU-Wasserrahmenrichtlinie und von Natura 2000 hat sich Luxemburg verpflichtet, den Zustand der Gewässer und die Artenvielfalt zu verbessern. Der Handlungsbedarf ist groß, doch es hapert oft an der Umsetzung.

 

Die Forscher vom NEXUS FUTURES-Team untersuchen ökologische Herausforderungen in ihren lokalen Kontexten, gesellschaftlichen Zusammenhängen und aus Sicht unterschiedlicher Akteure, um neue Governance-Ansätze für Nachhaltigkeit zu entwickeln. Übergreifende Fragen dieses ersten Beispiels transformativer Wissenschaft in Luxemburg sind: Welchen Hürden begegnen Akteure in ihrem Alltag und ihrer Zusammenarbeit? Welche Möglichkeiten nutzen und sehen sie für einen nachhaltigen Umgang mit Wasser und Land? Welche Rolle spielen Entwicklungen in Gesellschaft, Politik, (Land-)Wirtschaft und Technologie?

 

Kristina Hondrila, Promovendin der Sozialwissenschaften, arbeitet eng mit der Flusspartnerschaft Syr (Fondation Hëllef fir d´Natur) und dem Gewässervertrag Obersauer (Naturpark Obersauer) zusammen. Aus Stakeholder-Workshops und einer Vielzahl von Gesprächen mit lokalen und nationalen Akteuren haben sich Wasserqualität, Trinkwasserschutz (Obersauer) und Renaturierungen (Syr) als zentrale Themen herauskristallisiert.

 

Im Syrtal liegt der Schwerpunkt auf Gebiete zwischen Munsbach und Betzdorf, insbesondere Schlammwiss-Brill. Geführt von Stephan Müllenborn & Alexandra Arendt und Jim Schmitz (natur & ëmwelt, Fondation HfN) haben die Forscherin und der studentische Assistent Max Mattern sich einen umfangreichen Überblick über das Gebiet verschaffen können. Der Druck kommt hier von Landwirtschaft, Abwasser, Verkehr (Flughafen, Zügen, Autobahn), Gewerbe- und Wohngebieten. Was wird die Tatsache, dass Schlammwiss-Brill vor Kurzem nationales Naturschutzgebiet als Teil von Natura 2000 wurde, ändern? Welche Lehren sind aus dem gescheiterten Ganzjahresbeweidungsprojekt vom Mensder Brill gezogen worden? Werden weitere Flussabschnitte renaturiert?

 

Die Fallstudien (die bis Anfang 2020 fertig gestellt werden) versprechen Erkenntnisse darüber, welche Hürden, Spannungen, Widersprüche und Ungewissheiten Praxis und Politik an den Schnittstellen zwischen Wasser, Natur, Land und Wirtschaft prägen. Darüber hinaus wird gezeigt, welche Faktoren und Ansätze Zusammenarbeit und Nachhaltigkeit in den Flussgebieten fördern können. Sie greift hierbei auch auf 15 Jahre Berufserfahrung mit EU-Projekten zurück.   

Außerdem werden im NEXUS-Projekt ein Szenarien-Set für Luxemburg (Dr. Ariane König, Projektleiterin) und Citizen Science-Tools (Karl Pickar) partizipativ entwickelt. Das Projekt wird durch das Umweltministerium und die Universität Luxemburg finanziert.

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

Summary

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
5

33

born last year
4

1722

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  

8

 
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 ornitho.lu

Observation

Compute total number of birds

Compute total number of observation


The weather information are offered by Meteolux.lu

 

Thank you!


Photos of this month


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

All other photos are provided by Jim Schmitz.

 

Thank you for the photos!

 

 

 

 

Did you take any photos at the station, a visit or of any birds with a ring that could be from our station and want to publish those in the next report of the month?

Contact us!






Extra story:

 

 

Thanks to the editiors of this report:

Charel Klein

Photos: Jim Schmitz, Kelly Kieffer

Providing the data: Cédric Brodin:

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Goldene Hochzeit

ÜBERSYREN Vogelberingungsstation „Schlammwiss“ wird 50

 

by Meldody Hansen

New study: Weight comparison on recapture in migratory birds

My name is Merit Finia Pokriefke and I am studying Wildlife Ecology and Wildlife Management in my master’s programme at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna.

 

During the last years, the birdringers of the nature reserve Schlammwiss could observe, that some of the migrating birds are staying longer in the reserve than others and it seems that they are gaining weight. Over one month, in the course of my internship, I will investigate the weight gain of recaptured birds during their stay in the area. Considering that fat is the main energy resource for migrating birds (Odum et al., 1961) a weight gain before migration is essential (Newton, 2008).

 

The main research questions are:

  1. How long does a bird stay in the area of the Schlammwiss?
  2. How does the body weight of a bird change over time?

The collected data could show how important wetlands, such as the Schlammwiss, are for birds during their migration (Mitsch & Gosselink, 2000).

 

 

 

 

 

Report of the month - July

 

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 July, the bird ringing station "Schlammwiss" caught about  2773 birds of 51 species. This number is subdivided in 1828 E, 891 W and 54 K. 4 bird foreign origin has been caught.

 

The total amount of birds for the month July is higher (+675) than the average amount of birds caught at the station from 2001-2018 and higher (+1580) 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. ACRSCI Reed Warbler 330
2. ARCPAL Marsh Warbler

320

3. SYLATR Blackcap 212
4. PARMAJ Great Tit 187
5. PARCAE Blue Tit 163

Interesting birds captured:

  • 3 Actitis hypoleucos
  • 2 Charadrius dubius
  • 1 Delichon urbicum
  • 3 Falco tinnunculus
  • 2 Garrulus glandarius
  • 2 Hippolais polyglotta
  • 1 Parus montanus
  • 1 Phoenicurus ochruros
  • 5 Phoenicurus phoenicurus
  • 6 Sylvia curruca

Summary

Distribution of the age:

Code Amount Definiton
C 5 older than four years
B 4 born four years ago
A 5 older than three years
9 4 born three years ago
8 5 older than two years
7 3 born two years ago
6 9 older than one year
5

40

born last year
4

576

age unkown, but not born this year
3 2097 born this year
2 20 age unknown
1 5 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  

8

 
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 Species Country
January Cyanistes caeruleus France
February Parus major Belgium
March Turdus merula Belgium
  Troglodytes troglodytes Belgium
  Erithacus rubecula Sweden
April Parus major Belgium
  Sylvia atricapilla Belgium
  Sylvia atricapilla Spain
May Acrocephalus scirpaceus Spain
  Acrocephalus scirpaceus Belgium
  Acrocephalus scirpaceus Belgium
  Acrocephalus scirpaceus Belgium
  Acrocephalus scirpaceus Belgium
June Acrocephalus scirpaceus Belgium
July Acrocephalus palustris Belgium
  Acrocephalus palustris Belgium
  Parus major Belgium
  Parus major 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 145 hours during 25 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

Compute total number of birds

Compute total number of observation


The weather information are offered by Meteolux.lu

 

Thank you!


Photos of this month


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

All other photos are provided by Jim Schmitz.

 

Thank you for the photos!

 

 

 

 

Did you take any photos at the station, a visit or of any birds with a ring that could be from our station and want to publish those in the next report of the month?

Contact us!