Hatching time at Slettnes

 

We found the first skua chick yesterday. The main birth wave is expected at 26 June. Especially on the east part of the peninsula the pairs are slightly advanced compared to the majority. Dunlin hatched as every year on 16th of June. Also phalaropes start to have chicks now and we found the first whimbrel chicks today just 100 m from the cabin, a new chick hand species for me! We have had Karl-Birger Strann and his wife and assistant Vigdis visiting totgether with Karl-Otto Jakobsen. Karl-Birger has worked in the area for decades and it was his research that was the fundament for the Ramsar status Slettnes has nowadays. It was great to spend some time together in the field and KB helped to find some more phalaropes.

first Arctic skua chick
First Arctic skua chick
Morrison and Daniel ringing a skua
Morrison and Daniel ringing a skua

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the meantime Hans and Janne Schekkerman left. Morrison Pot and Daniel van Denderen arrived to take over from me from 23 June onwards. At the moment we managed to put loggers on 27 Arctic skua and on 12  red-necked phalaropes. If everything goes well the aim of 40 and 20 should be feasible. Similarly to Rob at Ammarnäs we also had several days with very strong winds, low temperatures and snow and rain.

A red-necked phalarope caught in the clapnet
A red-necked phalarope caught in the clapnet

 

Also Hans-Ulrich Rösner and Barbara Ganther arrived who have studied the Dunlin population for an impressive 22 years. Monday evening we had my farewell dinner at the lighthouse with freshly caught salmon and a super desert called ‘wårldens best’  (best of the world, haven’t tasted all of them but this was definitely superb!). Now it is back to ‘normal’ work for me.

Funny visitors arrive sometimes at Slettness, this man drove all the way from Germany in his tractor
Funny visitors arrive sometimes at Slettness, this man drove all the way from Germany in his tractor

 

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One thought on “Hatching time at Slettnes

  1. Åke Lindström June 25, 2014 / 11:24 am

    Thanks for the report Ingrid. Good to know that this project has real experienced Arctic Foxes among the staff!

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