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.
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.
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.