Visit of the ringing station in Hoburgen

Yesterday, Monday 2nd of May, we went to the ringing station of Hoburgen. It is a place where volunteers work for part of the year (usually from April to June and July to October) to follow the populations of birds, and especially to understand migration. Misnetting allow volunteers to catch birds and the nests are checked at regular intervals for their safety. Volunteers can do tours for tourists or just let birders watch, which is what we did. Once taken out of the net, the birds are ringed and measured/weighed and sometimes they also removed their parasites if they have ticks for instance. After that, they are released. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't that nice so there were not a lot of captures, notably because of the northerly wind. We still managed to arrive just on time to see a wax wing before they released it. So we were able to take a few photos of this beautiful bird (I'll let you judge for yourselves!) especially because it stayed around for a while, on a tree next to us. We then saw a few passerines: a blackbird, a few robins, and a northern wheatear. We also made a few interesting observations on the birds on the water: long-tailed ducks, common eiders, a black guillemot, scoters... It was really cool. On the way back, we stopped next to a pond to watch horned grebes and tufted ducks, and common mergansers. Those are very beautiful birds too, as you can guess from the pcitures (my zoom just wasn't enough to do better), but if you google it, you'll see better pictures if you are interested! And then we all went to work since Greg had allowed us to start work later so we can go to the ringing station since it only works early in the morning (from sunrise to 10 am usually)!

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Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus)

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Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)

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Horned grebes (Podiceps auritus) and tufted ducks (Aythya fuligula)

Sweden Gotland ringing Hoburgen

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