Wednesday, 26 September 2007

Siskin invasion

The last few days has seen an invasion of Siskins. Hundreds of the small finches are passing south every morning with thousands being logged at some sites. They are usually very vocal and have a very distinctive call, so can be identified quite easily when flying overhead. You can hear their call at:

Many are stopping for a rest around Copenhagen - the picture above was taken in a car park in the centre of the city.

Sunday, 23 September 2007

On the move..

Photos (from top to bottom): Razorbill in Nordhavn harbour and Slavonian Grebe at Kongelunden.

Autumn migration is now in full swing. This weekend, with high pressure and light winds, has seen good numbers of birds of prey, pipits, finches and hirundines being logged at coastal migration sites. I made a visit to Nordhavn on Friday afternoon and to Kongelunden on Saturday. Both resulted in new Danish birds. At Nordhavn there were three Razorbills (167) in the harbour and Saturday at Kongelunden resulted in my first Danish Kingfisher (168), a Slavonian Grebe (169) and five Merlins (170). Supporting cast included a Red Kite, several Common Buzzards, 200+ Siskin, 100+ Tree Pipits, 70+ Meadow Pipits, 4 Brambling, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Grey Wagtail.