Waxwings

Tomorrow Denise and I will leave Ammarnäs behind and head for Slettnes, another 1200 km North. Tim will stay here for another two weeks, follow the few skua chicks that are still around, try to catch some more phalaropes and help out with the post-LUVRE ringing (mainly passerines). At Slettnes, we will join Morrison to monitor Arctic Skua chicks. Also, there are still three geolocators for phalaropes left. Can’t wait to get there!

I got some news from Tobseda, Russia, where they got only a few breeding Arctic Skuas and therefore could only get two geolocators on Arctic Skua. The situation looks better for Red-necked Phalaropes: they found sufficient nests of for mounting the geolocators.

Chick SE on 10 July. Five days later its mass had increased to 296 grams.
Chick SE on 10 July. Five days later its mass had increased to 296 grams.

In response to the comments from Åke on a photo subscript in the previous post, we went back to the Bohemian Waxwing nest to collect some evidence… see below… On 4 July they were still busy building the nest and rather vocal. By 7 July they were incubating but we didn’t check the nest yet. The pictures below are from 14 July, when they had five eggs and were very secretive and silent. Two Siberian Jays at the same location were a nice bonus.

Waxwing breeding. Photo by Tim.
Waxwing breeding… Photo by Tim.
... and its eggs.
… and its eggs.
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