Excursion to Öland
CAnMove is certainly not only about birds, even though there are quite a few people with some knowledge about birds in the programme.
However, for the staff without ornithological background the visit to Öland offered an interesting insight into the research taking place at Ottenby Bird Observatory - as well as into bird watching.
The station is beautifully set on Öland's most southern shores, with the light house "Långe Jan" as the most conspicous landmark. Ottenby Bird Observatory was founded in 1946, at the same time as the Swedish Ornitholocial Society, but bird research has been conducted at Ottenby ever since the 19th century.
Our group met with Joakim Granholm, responsible for the ringing scheme at Ottenby, who gave us an interesting presentation of the daily ringing procedures at the station. Here, with a robin caught in a mist net.
The bird spotting started as soon as we left the mainland, and for an untrained birder the number of species is a bit overwhelming. During 24 hours, we managed to spot no less than 76 species of birds, of which the Pallas' leaf warbler and the Jack snipe seemed to attract most interest from fellow birders.
The landscape on Öland is truly beautiful and it is easy to understand why this little island attracts so many visitors. I think we all returned home both inspired and content.