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About Lista Bird Observatory

Lista Bird Observatory was founded in 1990, and runs campaigns with standardized mist netting and daily migration counts in the Lista Lighthouse area. The observatory is a member-based organization associated with the Norwegian Ornithological Society (Birdlife International partner).

The observatory's purpose is to document development of bird populations by monitoring bird migration over time. Since 2005, the observatory participates in a Directorate Nature Management's programme. Lista Bird Obervatory is operated by a board, and during spring and autumn campaigns bird ringers and field workers are employed. A nature guide also uses the observatory as origin for his activities, and is employed through Natur og Fritid AS. A good part of the field work at the observatory is performed by volunteers.

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Charlotte Hallerud
Charlotte is a marine biologist with seabirds as her main interest. She has ringed a lot in her spare time, and spends a lot of time at Jomfruland Bird Observatory. When the chance arose for a job at Lista, she jumped at it, since Lista is known in spring for a lot of exciting birds both in the nets and in the field. In addition, she would like to contribute to the important work that Lista Bird Observatory does in connection with monitoring of migratory birds.
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Nils Helge Lorentzen
Nils works as main ringer at the station in spring 2021. He ringed his first bird when he was 15 years old and has been since then a passionate ornithologist. He has special interest in Gulls and Mute Swans. He comes from Lista and was working at Lista Bird Observatory from 1990-2002. He is one of the ringers with more experience in Norway and started collaborating with the Norwegian Polar Institute in 2011. For the last 20 years he has been the leader of the Lista Ringing Group.
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Aïda López
Aïda works as manager of the station since January 2015. She is responsible for the operation and development of Lista Bird Observatory, and the analysis of Jomfruland and Lista bird observatories time series data over 31 years on bird migration and bird populations. Aïda came to Lista in autumn 2012 as ringer assistant and worked as main ringer in 2013 and 2014. She studied biology at the University of Barcelona, and has previously been ringing in Greece, Marocco, Spain and Sweden. She has also worked for Uppsala Univeristy (Flycatcher project - monitoring) and for the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Wheatear project - monitoring and use of geolocators).


Previously at Lista Fuglestasjon:

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Rubén Piculo
Rubén works as main ringer at the station since July 2016. He got his ringing license in 2003, when he started collaborating at the department of ecology of the University of València, where he studied biology and a master's degree in ecosystems and biodiversity conservation. He has also participated in different ringing campaigns like the spring migration campaign at Columbretes Islands and at the Txingudi marshes run by the Aranzadi Society of sciences.
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Ina Tirri
Ina comes from south western Finland where she has a position in BirdLife Finland’s regional organization. She has a master’s degree in ecology and has ornithological experience from counting and ringing birds in different projects. One object of interest are woodpeckers and titmice in winter.
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Lars Smith
Lars has worked as ringer assistant at the station. He has educational backgrounds as a biologist, and a strong interest in birds, as a ringer and field ornithologist, but mainly in private bioconsulting. He is from Mors in Denmark, where he is involved in the Biological Society and Norvestjysk ringing group. Lars has experience with birds in Denmark and projects in Germany, Poland and Ghana. He has has been bird-watching throughout his life.
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Simon Davies
Simon came to Lista for the 2014 autumn campaign and he was responsible for the ringing campaign in 2015. He has worked at several UK bird observatories including Fair Isle and North Ronaldsay as well as further afield, spending spring 2014 in Denmark and all of 2012 at Broome Bird Observatory in Western Australia. He has been a birder all his life working on many different projects, a ringer for 12 years becoming hooked after ringing his first bird on the Isle of Man in 2002 – which was a Raven chick and now can't imagine doing anything else!
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Jonas Langbråten
Jonas worked as nature guide and outreach person at the observatory from 2013 until 2015. His focus was around the lighthouse area and Lista Bird Observatory, but also the nearby coastal regions. He has a pedagogic background as a teacher, and has a strong interest in birds and bird life. He comes from Hedmark, where he is engaged in NOF's regional organization, and also in work within the LRSK. Jonas is often seen with a camera as he also does a bit of freelance photography. (Photo: M. Wold)
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Margrethe Wold
Margrethe worked as project manager for the observatory from May 2011 to May 2014. She was responsible for operating and developing the observatory, and also worked with research and analysis of both Jomfruland and Lista bird observatories more than 20-year long time series on bird populations and migration. She has a researcher background within natural sciences, and grew up in the bird-rich region Jæren. In 2011 she moved to Lista and Norway after several years abroad. (Photo: V. Bunes)
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Richard Cope
Richard was working at Lista Bird Observatory through three seasons, from 2010 to 2012. He ran the mist netting and ringing campaigns, as well keeping the daily log over bird migration within the recording area. He comes from London, and has studied ornithology and countryside management at Bishop Burton College in England, with special focus on purple sandpiper. His ringing experience stretches over more than 15 years at different places such as Languard Bird Observatory in Suffolk, Long Point Bird Observatory in Canada and Calf of Man in the Irish Sea. In the winter, he spends time ringing gulls in London. (Photo: M. Wold).
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Albert Burgas Riera
Albert was responsible for the spring campaign 2014. He also participated in the autumn campaign 2013. He has a master degree in terrestrial ecology and biodiversity management from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona where he studied correlations between wild prey abundance and attacks by jaguars and pumas on livestock in Costa Rica. A dedicated birder since early age that likes to go birding around the world. (Photo: M. Wold)
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Thomas Bentsen
Thomas was from autumn 2012 to autumn 2013 nature guide and outreach responsible, working especially with bird outreach, both at the observatory and in the nearby coastal regions. He has a pedagogic background and a life long interest in ornithology and nature. Previously he has worked as a teacher on the bird-island Røst, and he started mist netting and bird ringing in his early teens. He lives in Mandal, and is also engaged in seabird research in Vest-Agder through the SEAPOP programme. He does volunteer work for LRSK, and has extensive knowledge of both bird life and bird observations in Vest-Agder county. (Photo: M. Wold)



Ringing numbers
This season2194
Detailed log

Reportasje fra Lista FS
i Aftenposten

Seasonal deviation
Eurasian Bullfinch1-99%
Spotted Nutcracker4-97%
Canada Goose1-96%
Great Spotted Woodpecker5-96%
Parrot Crossbill619+1346%
Common Stonechat95+1330%
Black-legged Kittiwake2194+430%
Black-tailed Godwit67+352%
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