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Fieldwork – highlights

Now that I’ve gotten a lot of some much needed rest since the end of the 2014 Gotland fieldwork season, I thought I’d share some of my favourite moments from those 3 months.

That's the life, man :P

That’s the life, man. D’you know what I mean?

Fly, my little dragon, fly!

Fly, my dragon!

A Langhammar on Fårö. I see a big-lipped dude. You?

A Langhammar on Fårö. I see a big-lipped dude. You?

Guillemots and razorbills on Stora Karlsö

Guillemots and razorbills on Stora Karlsö

Such a cute bat :o

Such a cute bat 😮

A FREAKING TORNADO!

The grandparents of a fellow student came to visit her on Gotland; the grandpa took the opportunity to  film a short documentary about the work being done on Gotland monitoring populations of great tits and collared flycatchers.

The grandparents of a fellow student came to visit her on Gotland; the grandpa took the opportunity to film a short documentary about the work being done on Gotland monitoring populations of great tits and collared flycatchers.

Babies!

Babies!

Even more babies!

Even more babies!

Knock knock

Knock knock!

Who's there?

Who’s there?

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Fieldwork – the beginning

The weather has been THE BEST.

The weather has been THE BEST.

Fieldwork started about 2 weeks ago in Gotland, Sweden. For now, we are following the populations of tits (Great and Blue), checking nest boxes and collecting data on the nest stages and eggs. Soon, we will have data for flycatchers since the first ones have arrived on the island. To get the data that interests me particularly, I need to wait until Great Tit nestlings reach a certain age. Still, this beginning has been eventful and I have noticed some important things.

1) Some people are just unlucky. In only 1 week, a friend of mine has suffered a cut to her finger, the loss of her phone, and the near breakage of her nice camera objective.

2) If you lack a sense of direction, you will be in pain. No joke – the learning curve will very be steep.

4) Bird nestlings can be very cute, such as these Common Blackbirds Turdus merula:

I cannot wait until the peak of the breeding season arrives. They tell me it will be horrible, so I guess it is a good thing I am a bit of a masochist :).