Report of the month - June

 

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 june, the bird ringing station "Schlammwiss" caught about 987 birds of 42 species. This number is subdivided in 539 E, 381 W and 67 K. None bird foreign origin has been caught.

 

The total amount of birds for the month  is lower than the average amount of birds caught in april 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. PARMAJ Great Tit 81
2. SYLATR Blackcap 78
3. PARCAE Bluet Tit 73
4. ACROSCI Reed Warbler 61
5. PHYLCOL Chiff Chaff 60

Interesting birds captured:

  • 61 Coccothraustes coccothraustes
  • 9 (juvenile) Athene noctua
  • 9 (juvenile) Falco tinnunculus

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Biodiversitäts-Wochende in Feulen – ein Tag mit dem „Musée nationale de l’histoire naturelle“ (German)

Vorab ein großes Dankeschön an die Organisatoren des luxemburgischen Nationalmuseums für Naturgeschichte, die für eine sehr interessante und lehrreiche Veranstaltung gesorgt und uns die Teilnahme ermöglicht haben.

Abbildung 1: Route einschließlich eingetragener Beobachtungs Punkte
Abbildung 1: Route einschließlich eingetragener Beobachtungs Punkte

Begonnen wurde das Biodiversitätswochenende am Samstag, den 09.06.2018, um 9:00 Uhr mit einer Einführungsveranstaltung in Oberfeuelen. Nach Erläuterung der zu verwendenden Datenbank „iNaturalist“ konnten erste interessante Gespräche bei koffeinhaltiger Stärkung und Croissants - gestellt von den Organisatoren - zu Stande kommen. Schließlich machten sich Botaniker, Entomologen, Mykologen und viele weitere Fach-Experten auf den Weg, um Fauna und Flora der Gemeinde zu erfassen und diese einschließlich der Standort-Koordinaten in der „iNaturalist“ Datenbank zu registrieren.

 

Aus dem ornithologischen Bereich leisteten vier Helfer des Beringungs-Teams der „Schlammwiss“ in Uebersyren ihren Beitrag zur Datenerfassung. Gewählt wurde eine etwa 8,5 km lange Route, die verschiedene Wald-, Offenland- und urbane Flächen enthielt und somit ein breiteres Artenspektrum abdecken konnte.

 

Insgesamt wurden 49 verschiedene Arten identifiziert, die wie in Abbildung 1 zu sehen, 183 Beobachtungspunkte umfassen. In der Ortschaft war der Haussperling (Passer domesticus) mit Abstand am häufigsten anzutreffen, gefolgt von Rauchschwalben (Hirundo rustica). Darüber hinaus konnte ebenfalls ein Feldsperling (Passer montanus) entdeckt werden. Etwas außergewöhnlicher war der Fund eins Gebirgsstelzen-Pärchens (Motacilla cinerea).

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News about interesting recaptures

We received two interesting news about recaptured birds toady that were ringed in Luxembourg in 2015 and 2017. The information is provided by Jules D., our secretary of the Luxembourgian birdringing working group.

 

A Marsh Warbler (Acrocephalus palustris) that was caught the 4. July 2017 at another birdringingstation in Schifflange, Luxembourg was recaptured 27 days later in Davod, South of Hungary on the border to Crotia and Serbia. The distance between both places is about 1049 km.

 

The second information is about a Barn Swallow (Hirunda rustica) that we ringed in 2015 at our station. The bird was found 124 days later in Tshitazu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Unfortunately, the bird was caught and killed. The distance is 6651km, a new record for the station and Luxembourg!

 

Species Ringed Date Recaptured Date Distance Info
Hirunda rustica Schlammwiss 19.09.2015 Tshitazu, Dem. Rep. Congo 20.01.2016 6651 km caught & killed
Acrocephalus palustris Schifflange 04.07.2017 Davod, Hungary 30.07.2017 1049 km  
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Report of the month - May

 

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 may, the bird ringing station "Schlammwiss" caught about 638 birds of 36 species. This number is subdivided in 484 E, 102 W and 52 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 april 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. PARMAJ Great Tit 215
2. ARCSCI Reed Warbler 80
3. PARCAE Bluet Tit 57
4. FICHYP Pied Flycatcher 40
5. ARCPAL Marsh Warbler 26

Interesting birds captured:

  • 1 Actitis hypoleucos
  • 1 Falco tinnunculus
  • 1 Lanius collurio
  • 3 Linaria cannabina
  • 3 Luscinia megarhynchos
  • 5 Phoenicurus ochruros
  • 1 Picus viridis

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Report of the month - April

 

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 april, the bird ringing station "Schlammwiss" caught about 759 birds of 41 species. This number is subdivided in 461 E, 209 W and 89 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 april 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. SYLATR Blackcap 125
2. COCCOC Hawfinch 94
3. CARCHL Greenfinch 44
4. EMBSCH Reed bunting 36
5. STUVUL Starling 32

Interesting birds captured:

  • 14 Anthus spinoletta
  • 1 Dendrocopus medius
  • 3 Dendrocopos major
  • 1 Picus viridis
  • 1 Acrocephalus arundinaceus
  • 4 Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
  • 1 Garrulus glandarius
  • 94 Coccothraustes coccothraustes

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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

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Recapitulation of the waterpipit project 2017/18

Grafic 1

This is a recapitulation of the waterpipit project this winter 2017/18. You can find more information about the project here.

 

In total, we caught 115 Anthus spinoletta this winter . This is the second highest number of this species capured at the birdringingstation "Schlammwiss" since 2000. The highest number was with 117 captures in 2015/16.

 

Grafic above: About 72,2% of the birds this winter were captured for the first time (E) and 15,7% are controlled birds that were ringed the years before (K). Furthermore, we recaptured 14 of those birds again this winter (W).

 

Grafic right: The majority of controlled birds (K) were ringed last winter 2016/17 and 2015/16. Furthermore, one individual was ringed 2013/14 and one 2012/13. This bird is older than five years.

 

In summary, we have spent about 12 hours ringing, plus several hours of working on the site.

 

Brutmonintoring 2017

Hannah K., one of the volunteers of the birdringingstation Schlammwiss and student at the Universität Trier, has recapitulated the first results of our breeding monitoring. The document (in German) summarizes the breeding year of 2017 and is available below by clicking on the documents.

 

We say thank you!

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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

 


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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
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New clip about the nature reserve "Schlammwiss"

The nature reserve 'Schlammwiss', a vast wetland in Eastern Luxembourg, represents an important breeding, migratory and overwintering area for many bird species in midst of the densely populated country. It is part of the natura 2000 and nationally classified as nature reserve.

 

Music (royalty free): Johannes Bornlöf - Dream of us 3

 

Credits:

Max Steinmetz - director

Dave Lutgen - executive camera man

Erik Kraus - rowing boat asisstant

Claude Kraus - helicopter pilot

 

 

Happy New Year 2018 !!!

 

 

The birdringing station Schlammwiss wish you all happy new year!

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Max exploring Ottenby Bird Observatory

Hey dear Birders and Ringers,

 

Since I have now been here at the bird observatory in Ottenby, Sweden for nearly one month and had an interesting and funny time, I wanted to share a bit of my experience with you.

 

The observatory itself is situated on the most southern tip of the island Öland on the eastern coast of Sweden. The island is shaped by extensive cultural landscape and plays an important role as breeding location for many agricultural bird species such as Montagu’s Harriers or Barred Warblers. Following the Swedish eastern coastline southwards, migrating birds from northern and central Scandinavia are gathering every year on this cape to stop and forage to do the big step over the east Sea. That is what makes it a excellent place to study bird migration, from goldcrests to sparrow hawks …

 

Regarding the actual bird catching, the observatory has been running a standardized program running with usual mist nets and Helgoland traps since 1946. The results of this long study are very interesting and meaningful especially concerning population fluctuations of diverse bird species. Apart from the standardised program during the mornings, waders are caught in traps along the shoreline (dunlins, knots, ringed plovers, curlew sandpipers, little stints etc.) until the end of August, raptors such as rough-legged and common buzzards in traps and Tengmalm’s and long-eared owls, different duck and gull species during the night.

 

Over the last weeks, migration has been constantly increasing, we had until now one day with over 600 catches per day. The catching rate is however strongly depending on the actual weather situation on the cape or in the region. Common species caught are among others robins, goldcrests, willow warblers, chiffchaffs, blue and great tits, pied and spotted flycatchers, sedge warblers, lesser and common whitethroats, blackcaps, white and yellow wagtails, song thrushes and sparrow hawks. However the composition was of course constantly changing over the last weeks. Quite rare catches were so far a merlin, a grey partridge, red-breasted flycatchers, yellow-browed warblers, one dusky warbler and a little bunting.

 

Time here is passing quite fast since there is a regular daily routine. Nonetheless the good atmosphere within the ringing team, the awesome Swedish food (coffee and cake seriously every day), the variation of bird species and last but not least the special landscape around the cape makes every moment special.

 

I am really looking forward to the next 3 weeks when migration is increasing, to see some more new species especially northern birds like common redpolls or lapland buntings and maybe one or the other surprise. I am grateful for the experience so far and the knowledge which is generously and professionally passed on. Ett stort tack till Ottenby fågelstation! A lot of knowledge and information regarding bird sex/age identification, scientifical work or just about the daily ringing is also shared on the bird observatory’s homepage http://birdlife.se/ottenbyfagelstation/start/ !

Pictures may tell more than words … (wow that sounded cheesy) Of course I would really recommend visiting the place to anyone who can distinguish between a robin and a red breasted flycatcher !

 

Greetings from Ottenby!

Max

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COL News

The new report about birdringing in Luxembourg (in german) from COL is online!

 

Interesting general information, recaptures from other countries and a total list of all the birds ringed.

 

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Sign in for the guided tour "Was brütet denn da?"

The birdringingstation 'Schlammwiss' will organize a guided tour on Saturday the 11.6.2016.

 

The focus will lay on breeding birds in the nature reserve, nest boxes and everything you need to know about breeding birds. Sign in if you are interested to join the guided tour.

 

More information about this an other activities.

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First Temminck's Stint for 'Schlammwiss'

 

Click on the RTL-logo to hear the interview about the Temminck's stint (Calidris temminckii) from Jim S. (in luxembourgish).

 

 

 

 

 

It's the first bird for the birdringing station 'Schlammwiss' and probably the first who got ringed for Luxembourg.

 

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Guided Tour for 'Birdsongs' at the nature reserve 'Schlammwiss'

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Visit on the 14. May

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Students of the university Trier are visiting 'Schlammwiss'

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Eechternoacher Quaichleken at the nature reserve 'Schlammwiss'

The scouts group "Echternoacher Quaichleken" visited the birdringingstation 'Schlammwiss' the 24. March.

 

They visited the nature reserve, had closer view how birds get their metal ring and what we can do with this data. 

 

After the long morning they enjoyed a barbecue near our chalet.

 

You can read their report (LUX) below.

 

If you're interested for visit too - contact us

 

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Observation of Eurasian Crag Martin (Ptyonoprogne rupestris) in Schlammwiss Nature Reserve

On the 10 April 2016, one of our ringers was in the reserve when he made a very interesting observation of a putative Crag Martin (Ptyonoprogne rupestris).

 

The bird was seen flying from SW to NE over the reserve. The identification was based on several criteria and past experiences of the ringer observing the bird. The criteria were flying jizz of the bird, squarish tail, white spots on tail, dark under wing coverts, dark undertail coverts amongst others.

 

If accepted by the rarities committee of luxembourg this would be the first ever sighting of this species in the country. Well done to our team for the sharp eyes!

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New event

Journée en pleine nature <<Vallée de la syre>>

 

  

 

Les CFL, la ferme pédagogique A SCHMATTEN et la Fondation Hëllef fir d’Natur vous invitent en date du 29 juin et 08 juillet 2016 à un programme varié autour du thème de la nature dans la vallée de la Syre!

Faites votre choix, nous nous occupons des activités sur place et de vos déplacements.

(Offre limitée à 80 enfants par journée)

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New project

We'll start with a new project in March to collect data about bird migration in March, migration peaks of different species, different migration patterns depending on sex, age and if repeated yearly – about population size or fluctuations.

 

by Max S.

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Zones humides

For the international wetlands day-ramsar we invited RTL TV at our birdringingstation to show the reserve and to indicate the importance of wetlands

 

(Video left in Luxembourgish) 

 

 

 

Thanks to the team!

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Update Waterpipits

We started the first with ringing activity this year. Our trainees had enough time to learn more about the identification of birds and to improve their skills. 

 

Furthermore we started with the first ringing activity for our waterpipit project.

In total we ringed 18 birds (all males). 

  • 8 new
  • 8 controll from 2012-2015

Unfortunately we found no GPS.

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Fit by nature

On Saturday we had the first 'fit by nature' activity for this year! 14 motivated volunteers helped out to clean our orchard and to start a fire. Furthermore we installed boxes for the little owl (Athene noctua). For lunch we profit from the fireplace and started a delicious barbecue.

 

Thanks for your help!

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New years Meeting

Like every year we were organizing a new year meeting and invited all members to join us! We had a look about the year 2015, presented the plans for 2016, our new page and watched the photos of 2015. After the presentation we enjoyed our dinner.

 

Thanks to everyone for coming! 

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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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Expedition in the Arctic

Autor: Charel Klein

Visiting the arctic was always one of my childhood dreams.

This summer, I had the great opportunity to join scientists who visit Greenland every year as part of a long term project. We worked on a long term study on lemming cycles in North-East Greenland. With three other people, from France, Germany and Switzerland, we spent 2 weeks in the biggest national park of the world. The project is carried out in the Karupelv Valley (72.30 N; 24 W). With 3542 km2 the island of Traill is bigger than the surface area of Luxembourg (2586 km2).

 

The main work to carry out was to observe Sanderlings nests (Calidris alba) of which we find the first pairs in the area. We had to visit the nests every second day, mark the colour code of the adults, check if they got predated or not, ring the chicks when they start to run around in the tundra and to collect the tiny tags from under the sanderlings' nests after they finished breeding.

 

We had to also check the population of predators in the research area. Therefore we visited the old burrows of Arctic foxes (Vulpes lagopus) and counted the number of Long-tailed Skuas (Stercorarius longicaudus), Parasitic Jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus), Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus) and Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus). Futhermore we searched chicks of Long-tailed Skuas to get some feather samples for an isotope research.

In two weeks we hiked about 200 km and checked all the important points in the research area. We slept in tents and spend our time eating and chatting in an old trapper hut from the thirties. Our shower was the whole Kong Oscar Fjord with Icebergs and as toilet we had to ditch a hole near a streamlet. We used flowing water from glacier and snow water to drink or cook and eat trekking food from cans (some from 2005 !!!). During the time in Greenland we had 24h light and between 0-15°C. The number of midgets was incredible and torturing! not even comparable with the deep jungles.

 

I was very happy of the different bird species that I have seen up here, the beautiful flora and all the big mammals like Arctic foxes (Vulpes lagopus), Musk ox (Ovibos moschatus), Polar Bears (Ursus maritimus) and seals.

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Birdringing at Kaiserstuhl

Christian Stange is ringing a little owl (Athene noctua)
Christian Stange is ringing a little owl (Athene noctua)

Already since two years one of our members of the Birdringingstation 'Schlammwiss' is working together with Christian Stange at Kaiserstuhl / Freiburg. During the autumn and winter the main work is the maintenance of the biotopes. For spring they start to control the nest boxes of little owls (Athene noctua) and hoopoes (Upua epopos) and to ring the juveniles. 

 

This year they checked the area around Ihringen and controlled about 12 nest boxes of hoopoes and 1 box of the little owl. 

 

Most of the hoopoes started already with the second brood. So most of the nest boxes which are inside of a vineyard cabin were empty or with eggs. We checked the empty boxes if any birds breed inside and checked what happen with the juveniles (Are we too late and they flew out? Did something happen? Did they breed?). We also checked the nest boxes around the vineyard cabin which are against the breeding pressure to see which birds used it. 

 

To check if something is inside of the box we checked the ground in front of the hole for faeces and smell on the hole to determine the present of juveniles (>> penetrate smell for the defence of the juveniles against predators like the beech marten (Martes foina)). We also check for marks on the hole to see if a beech marten already tried to get in. Than we close the hole and go inside of the cabin to get the juveniles. Before we open the box we shine with a light inside of the box to see if there are juveniles or the female with eggs. Inside of the box we check the condition of the nest box and have a look if we can find some remains of their food. 

 

We had only two nest boxes with juveniles which had the right size to ring. More than the half of the boxes had only eggs which mean that the hoopoe started with the second brood. 

We also we checked a nets box of the little owl which was impossible for Christian to check earlier. We found one juvenile inside of the box and another one outside in a natural hole.

  

Same as the population of hoopoe Christian Stange is also responsible for the little owl population at Kaiserstuhl. Both species need the same area and conditions to live. For the moment there are about 56 pairs with 160 juveniles at Kaiserstuhl. 

 

To the end we installed a new nest box for the scops owl (Otus scops) which has been seen and hearing a bunch of times at this area. 

 

Autor: Charel Klein

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Hoopoe project at Kaiserstuhl / Germany

History

One of many vineyardhuts at Kaiserstuhl which the hoopoe use to breed
One of many vineyardhuts at Kaiserstuhl which the hoopoe use to breed

The Hoopoe (Upupa epops) breeding habitat was in good condition before forestry management started in Central Europe.

The Hoopoe had ideal conditions to breed  with orchards, meadows, wooded vineyards and open forests. The main distribution of this bird was from the south to the east of Europe.

 

With the beginning of  forestation of nutrient-poor soil in the 19th century, many biotopes disappeared. It declined in the 20th century with the growing livestock farming and the draining of meadows. Furthermore, the meadows became bigger because farmers started to use mineral fertilizer and liquid manure to fertilise the new fields. Fast growing grass needed to get mowed fast and this activity destroyed the foraging grounds of Hoopoes. Also, the use of insecticides in the fields, polluted the soil  Eventually the insects that Hoopoes feed on and fed the chicks on created abnormalities in the eggs and health of the birds, this happened mainly in the 1960's.

 

Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) using the nest boxes around to breed
Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) using the nest boxes around to breed

Not only the insecticides where having negative effects on Hoopoe populations, but also the breeding grounds of the Hoopoe was changing. The hoopoe is a cavity breeder and needs holes in big trees and in walls. Old fruit trees and big thick willows which are good breeding places for this bird were removed from the landscape. The destruction of orchards and the change in which fruit trees were managed from low-stem trees to high-stem trees left no cavities in trees where Hoopoe can breed.


Only  few pairs of Hoopoe survived in Rheinland-Pfalz till the 1980's. All of them used holes in walls to breed instead of trees. Although more than 100 pairs of Green woodpeckers (Picus vidris) were drilling nesting holes in trees still the Hoopoes were not utilising these cavities.

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Trip to 'Federsee'

 

Three members of our Schlammwiss Team (Dave, Charel and Max) visited the Federsee lake in southwestern Germany the 26th and 27th of May. The lake itself is surrounded by a spectacular reed belt and vast moorland, the water surface itself, which is only about 2 meters deep, is only accessible by a 1,5 km long wooden boardwalk. Since the area is an important hibernating, resting and breeding site for many bird species among others 200 breeding pairs of Whinchats and 18 breeding pairs of Marsh harriers (according Nabu 2014), it has been declared a Special Protection Area.

 

We’ve seen lots of interesting species, some well known as Reed Warblers, Savi’s Warblers, Great Reed Warblers and Reed Buntings, rather uncommon species such as Whinchats, Common Terns, Ruffs and marsh harriers. Furthermore we were quite lucky to observe rare migrants such as six female red-footed falcons and one Arctic Tern!

 

All in all it was a perfect Weekend despite of rain and I strongly recommend visiting the spot!

 

 

Autor: Max Steimetz

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Research of Woodlark Lullula arborea on the former military training field at Münsingen

With upcoming conflicts of wild boars around protected areas such as the core zones of the biosphere reserve ‘Schwäbische Alb’, the research centre for wildlife at Aulendorf has launched a project to study its ecology and behaviour more closely.  One part of the research project is to determine the influence of its activity on important bird species such as woodlarks and its habitat preference. The main observations are taking place at the former military training field at Münsingen, which is part of the biosphere reserve.

 

Populations of woodlark across Europe have been in decline, with habitat loss in favour to agricultural land as major cause. However, agricultural development and intensification has not been affecting landscape and wildlife at the former training field here in Münsingen and periodic training manoeuvres didn’t seem to have bothered the local woodlark population during the last century. The right mix of habitat structures such as sparse vegetation with areas of bare or disturbed ground for foraging, patches of longer grass which provides cover and the vicinity of woodland for song perches or security is commonly found here. Nowadays the maintenance of an open landscape here  is largely due to sheep grazing, but also wildlife such as roe deers, wild boars and hares do their share.  

Apart from woodlarks, one can see a vast abundance of common bird species like red kites Milvus milvus, European pied flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca and European stonechats Saxicola rubicola and furthermore rarities such as whinchats Saxicola rubetra and northern wheatears Oenanthe oenanthe.  

 

My objective for the next two months will be to determine whether rooted patches created by wild boar are frequently used by woodlarks and form important feeding grounds, especially during the breeding season. And as a secondary goal, I will be detecting habitat preferences and collecting information about the breeding territories.

 

Since the beginning of April, I started observing woodlarks and am really looking forward to gain first results.

 

I strongly recommend visiting the biosphere reserve and especially the former training fields here at Münsingen to all nature and biodiversity lovers!

 

Yours sincerely,

Max Steinmetz

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Turkeytrip part 1

In May 3 members of the schlammwiss team (Joseph D, Raoul M and Charel K.) went to Turkey for 11 days. Turkey was our choice because (like the most ornithologists) some of the team have a list of birds they've in the Western Palartic and they had some missing in the eastern part.

 



We started our trip in Antalya and drove until the Lake Van. For the new and dangerous parts (Göksu Delta, Camardi, Osmanyie, Birecik, Syrian border + desert, Nemrut Dagi) we had the Faroese man Silas O. as guide with us. He knew a lot about the areas, birds and culture. We enjoyed the time with him and learned a lot about the culture and country!

 

Most of the time we drove the car to find new birds and to get new photos. We started at sunrise and went back to the hotel as sun set (everyday a different hotel in another city).

 

In summary it was a great birding trip with 237 birds (see list below) and beautiful landscapes! (click to see all the photos)


Autor: Charel Klein

Some photos


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New species for Schlammwiss

We got a Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) this morning, this species is a first for the Birdringingstation 'Schlammwiss'


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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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Photographer Theisen Jean

Some photos from Jean Theisen from last weekend! Thank you for the photos!!

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Tengmalm's Owl

 

After two bad seasons in 2013 and 2014, we accompanied this year two experienced ornithologists who controlled nestboxes of Tengmalm’s Owl (Aegolius funereus) in a forest of the Hunsrück in Rhineland-Palatinate. Because of the good food supply this year, the Tengmalm’s owl is likely to experience a better breeding season. This nocturne species has a body height of only 24-26 cm and it primarily subsists on small rodents such as mice. Its habitat consists of low mountain ranges between 450 m and 800 m above sea-level. The Tengmalm’s owl mainly prefers coniferous forests mixed with leaf trees including old nesting holes of the Black Woodpecker. Unfortunately, the brood of the Tengmalm’s owl is threatened by martens which climb up trees and eat their clutches.


Depending on the weather conditions, the females generally start breeding in April. A few chicks had hatched already when the ringer checked the nestboxes.  In this ringing session only the females were ringed. A recapture of a female or a nest-ringed young owl is rare but there are already a few recaptures of Tengmalm’s owl in Belgium. They hatched and were ringed in the region Eifel, which shows that this owl species migrates between different low mountain ranges.

 

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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