Friday, October 24, 2014

another two!

The white-tailed eagle was hunting again at Klarningen...

With new optics in the bag it was time to go for a test drive. Hit Ripagården first thing and had a tidy little session. I could hear bearded tits in the reedbed from the harbour and wandered over to have a peek. Nine birds were present and they occasionally called and flew up out of the reedbed and back again but I did not have to wait too long before they plucked up the courage to depart high to the south. A scarce bird in BK and my first record for three years. Whilst standing by the reedbed a loud cough produced calls from two water rails. Checking the sea produced a surprise short-eared owl, angling to come in-off at Gröthögarna it was intercepted by hooded crows as it made landfall and chased north again, eventually hitting the coast at Hovs Hallar! Looking south and at long-range I spotted the black redstart that Bengt found a couple of days ago on the harbour breakwater. Nice run of birds!

Driving over to Klarningen to test my new scope produced a few good birds. The white-tailed eagle adult was tearing about chasing after wildfowl when I arrived. Otherwise fairly standard fare here with good numbers of lapwing (250), golden plover (300) and shoveler (7). Amazingly the 1K curlew sandpiper is still present. This time I found it feeding on the grass with a small flock of lapwing! No-one else has reported this bird during it's stay and I am starting to doubt my sanity...

Last stop of the day was at Lya where a fine great grey shrike was predictable but welcome nonetheless.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

two BK year-ticks


Shorelark - a scarce bird in BK, only my third record since 2007.

Got out for an hour-and-a-half after lunch and mopped up a few niggly omissions to the year-list. First stop was Stora Hultstrand where the shorelark found yesterday by Håkan J was showing well. A good supporting cast here too with a Slavonian grebe on the sea, three brent geese and a greenshank.

Just had time for a look at Ranarpsstrand and managed to find a jack snipe very quickly, allowing to time to enjoy three more Slavonian grebes and a flock of four greenshank.

 Jack



late curlew sandpiper (20141014)

I somehow forgot to blog a day last week! Too busy. Had an hour-and-a-half at Klarningen in the middle of the day. The big surprise was a 1K curlew sandpiper, my latest ever in BK, although I was to see it again. There was a big flock of geese along the access track including white-fronted goose (14), greylag goose (750) and a massive 160 barnacle geese. Other wildfowl from the tower included two pintail and six shoveler. A lone crane passed south.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Klarningen dusk

Had an hour-and-a-half at Klarningen at the end of the day with number 2, whilst number 1 socialised nearby. We found a big flock of plovers along the access track - 350 lapwings and 50 golden plover. The corvids were up in the air when we got to the tower and we did not have to wait long before the reason appeared. A massive adult white-tailed eagle lumbered into the air with a hugely distended crop, it had obviously been feeding on something, and flew off south.

Red kite getting the treatment from some jackdaws

Water levels were up nicely after all the rain and duck numbers continue to increase here with wigeon (111), teal (195) and a single shoveler. Two red kite and a single rough-legged buzzard were nice. Passerines were evident with goldcrests calling from the nearby willows and a small flock of redwing on the ground and in amongst 350+ starlings. The big surprise though was the continued presence of the 1K curlew sandpiper.

Monday, October 20, 2014

skuas at last

Still too busy to bird but could not resist an hour-and-half of seawatching at the end of the day. With Number 1 off school sick and needing the doctor I spent most of the day indoors but then we wrapped up and sat in the car down by the sea to see of we could nab a skua or two. Embarrassingly any species would be a year-tick for me! In the end I came away very happy, with three species under the belt.

It took a while for them to come round but a 'huge' flock materialised in the corner of the bay. At least nine pomarine skuas (including some fully-plumaged adults), six Arctic skuas and one great skua. Other birds of note during the session included a gannet, three Slavonian grebes and a black guillemot.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

lap bunt

Plenty of chiffchaff knocking about this morning but no sign of any eastern visitors. A good day out though.

Had a very saitisfactory session out in the rain this morning. As I packed the kids into the car for the school run a hawfinch flew over the garden. First stop though was Påarps mal where I spent sometime in the garden - chiffchaff, goldcrest and 11 long-tailed tits before moving down to the coast. Here I was treated to a flock of 16 brent geese that flew in from the north, as well as a migrating rough-legged buzzard and a superbly energetic 1K peregrine chasing crows and generally making a nuisance of itself. Surprisingly there were no roosting shags here.

Svarteskär had shags though, 7 on the rocks and one fishing offshore. Last stop of the day was the rev which again produced some nice birds. A female/immature merlin dropped in with it's lunch. Three ringed plovers were my latest ever in BK. Bashing the weeds along the strandline pushed out more two wheatear, chiffchaff, a single dunnock, a reed bunting and the bird of the day - a superb Lapland bunting which circled about calling before landing on the beach for a grilling through the 'scope. A BK year-tick.

Monday, October 13, 2014

brent

Plenty of birds on the move this morning but no sign of any yellow-browed warblers at Torekov. Had to make do with goldcrests. Back to work on the house tomorrow...

Had a wet couple of hours in the field this morning. Birded Torekov (Påarps Mal and the rev) and had a BK year-tick straight off at Påarps Mal, three brent geese gracing the foreshore. The garden by the gate produced a few goldcrest and a flock of 18 long-tailed tit flew over. Down by the sea tere were four shags on the rocks and my first rock pipit of the season flew over calling.

The rev was wet and had five more rock pipits. Other highlights included 13 dunlin, a wheatear and a nice flock of 53 twite feeding in the weeds.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

another hour at Klarningen


Cranes over Klarningen (with a pair of barnacle geese), part of a flock of 425+ resting in the area after strong easterly and south-easterly winds after the last few days.

There has probably never been a better October to bag a BK yellow-browed or Pallas' warbler but I am stuck working on the house as usual... Hopefully I will have finished soon but I fear it may cost me a Sibe.

An hour at Klarningen was great though. So many birds present. The fields either side of the track had a mobile flock of waders that included 350 lapwing and 40+ golden plover. From the tower there were at least 1000 greylag geese and in amongst them I managed to count two tundra beans, one taiga bean, 11 white-fronts and 63 barnacle geese. Not a bad haul.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

last gasp hobby (20141006)

Had an hour at Klarningen on my first day back. It was afternoon so the light was pretty poor. Lots of greylag (850+) in and the flock produced my first bean geese of the year (7 tundras) as well as 53 barnacle geese and three white-fronted geese. A family of four cranes were on the ground when I arrived and another 11 migrated through whilst I watched. The best bird though was an immature hobby that went through low and fast and was a very overdue year-tick.

Friday, October 3, 2014

pantala

Got down to the Namnam River this morning (near Köycegiz) and found a couple of Pantala flavescens on the wing. Managed to grab this poor record shot before being chivvied back onto the minibus. A great record and only my third sighting in the WP.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

super Krüper's

Went searching for Krüper's nuthatch yesterday and found plenty of family parties in the hills above Dalyan, otherwise rather quiet with plenty of coal tits but few tropical migrants remaining. A single passage wood warbler came as a surprise therefore.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

red-veined darter

These red-veined darters were not snapped in BK, though it will probably not be long before I bag one there. I'm in n Dalyan for the week, my fourth trip to Turkey this year and a welcome break from the roof re-build.