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!


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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.

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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

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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  983 birds of 43 species. This number is subdivided in 685 E, 226 W and 72 K. 1 bird foreign origin has been caught.

 

The total amount of birds for the month June is higher (+112) than the average amount of birds caught at the station from 2001-2018 and higher (+151) 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. PARMAJ Great Tit 130
2. PARCAE Blue Tit

107

3. SYLATR Blackcap 105
4. ACRSCI Reed Warbler 77
5. ACOPAL Marsh Warbler 67

Interesting birds captured:

  • 12 Falco tinnunculus
  • 8 Athene noctua
  • 6 Tyto alba
  • 4 Hippolais polyglotta
  • 1 Ficedula hypoleuca

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RTL: Grand-Duc Henri op Visitt am Naturschutzgebitt Schlammwiss-Brill

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Brutvogelmonitoring im Naturschutzgebiet „Schlammwiss-Brill“ 2018

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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  832 birds of 50 species. This number is subdivided in 595 E, 172 W and 65 K. 5 birds foreign origin has been caught.

 

The total amount of birds for the month May is higher (+150) than the average amount of birds caught at the station from 2001-2018 and higher (+124) 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 168
2. PARMAJ Great Tit

147

3. SYLCOM Whitethroat 45
4. SYLATR Blackcap 38
5. ACRPAL Marsh Warbler 28

Interesting birds captured:

  • 7 Hippolais polyglotta
  • 6 Saxicola rubetra
  • 4 Coloeus monedula
  • 3 Actitis hypoleucos
  • 1 Athene noctua
  • 1 Crex crex
  • 1 Delichon urbicum
  • 1 Falco tinnunculus
  • 1 Ficedula hypoleuca
  • 1 Porzana porzana

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R.I.P. Fernand Kinnen

 

 

Today we lost a very important member of our team..

 

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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 March, the bird ringing station "Schlammwiss" caught about 914 birds of 44 species. This number is subdivided in 580 E, 260 W and 74 K. 3 bird foreign origin has been caught.

 

The total amount of birds for the month March is lower (-53) than the average amount of birds caught at the station from 2001-2018 and higher (+104) 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. SYLATR Blackcap 296
2. ERIRUB Robin

66

3. PHYCOL Chiffchaff 41
4. EMBSCH Reed Bunting 25
5. STUVUL Staring 25

Interesting birds captured:

  • 11 Anthus spinoletta
  • 7 Coccothraustes coccothraustes
  • 3 Luscinia svecica
  • 2 Pica pica
  • 1 Acrocephalus paludicola
  • 1 Gallinago gallinago
  • 1 Luscinia svecica cyanecula
  • 1 Lymnocryptes minimus
  • 1 Porzana porzana
  • 1 Saxicola subetra

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Two articles about the water pipit project - published by REGULUS

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Überprüfung der morphologischen Unterschiede zur Geschlechterbestimmung beim Bergpieper


Abstract:

Check of morphological differences to define the sex of the Water pipit Anthus spinoletta

 

To investigate morphological differences between the sexes of the Water pipit Anthus spinoletta, 351 of 691 data sets dealing with wing length and partial feather length were evaluated based on the criteria of the Ornithological Station Sempach. 282 individuals (80%) were thus classified as males and 65 (19%) as females. For four pipits, no sex could be defined.

The result of this investigation confirms other authors that found separate winter grounds for both sexes. Male water pipits appear to winter predominantly north of the Alps.


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Zusammenfassung der Bergpieperberingung (Anthus spinoletta) in Luxemburg in den letzten 18 Jahren


Abstract:

Summary of Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta ringing in Luxembourg over the last 18 years

 

In 122 catching days 691 data sets of Water Pipits Anthus spinoletta were collected at the station of “Schlammwiss” in the last 18 years of ringing. The data concerned 521 individual birds. An improved catching method used since the winter 2011/12 led to increased numbers over the last winters and the maximum rate was achieved in 2017/18 with 104 individuals caught.

The data provide evidence that the Water Pipits reach their wintering grounds in Luxembourg in the 57th pentad (8.10. – 12.10.) and start to leave in the 17th pentad, some staying until the 23rd pentad (21.4. – 25.4.).

From the total of 691 catches, 104 concerned Water Pipits caught and ringed already during a preceding winter. The maximum time elapsed between ringing and recapture of an individual pipit was six years. In Autumn 57% of the Water Pipits are determined as juvenile, in Spring this percentage drops to 19%. The reasons therefore are discussed.


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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 659 birds of 35 species. This number is subdivided in 331 E, 114 W and 214 K. 3 bird foreign origin has been caught.

 

The total amount of birds for the month March is lower (-139) than the average amount of birds caught at the station from 2001-2018 and lower (-123) 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. PHYCOL Chiffchaff 91
2. EMBSCH Reed Bunting

72

3. ERIRUB Robin 45
4. CHLCHL Greenfinch 26
5. CYACAE Blue Tit 26

Interesting birds captured:

  • 23 Anthus spinoletta
  • 3 Coccothraustes coccothraustes
  • 2 Luscinia svecica
  • 2 Regulus ignicapilla
  • 2 Regulus Regulus
  • 1 Phylloscopus collybita abietinus
  • 1 Spotted Crake

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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