Sunday, March 29, 2015

weird water pipit record

Heavy rain overnight. Checked Klarningen this morning before the rest of the team woke. Plenty of birds here with gadwall (2) and pintail (1), in amongst a number of teal (71) and wigeon (27). Breeding birds have arrived whilst I have been away with two pairs of curlew and a pair of redshank being new for the year. Also ringed plover (pair) and at least six coot on site. Five snipe will sadly not be staying to breed.

Went home over the hill to check for thrushes and found a nice newly-ploughed field at Hulrugered that produced mistle thrush (15), song thrush (5), redwing (3), lots of chaffinches and very strangely a single water pipit in summer plumage.

back on patch (20150328)

Got out for an hour to Torekov rev after my return from a great trip to Morocco. There were 29 barnacle geese on the ground here, indicative of a large movement through southern Sweden. Also here eight gadwall, 23 purple sandpipers and best-of-all one dunlin (a year-tick). Four white wagtails on the beach were welcome migrants.

Monday, March 9, 2015

white-fronts (20150308)

Had a nice session at Klarningen this afternoon with Mrs B. The easy highlight was a large flock of 175 feeding white-fronted geese, 74 teal and 9 wigeon in too. Two ringed plover were on territory, a big flock of 51 starlings and a reed bunting called near the tower. The temperature hit double figures for the first time this year.


On the way home we bumped into a pair of cranes at Hulrugered, they looked great feeding in the warm sun.

all quiet on the loop (20150307)

Had a quick walk around in the forest at Killeröd hoping for Ulf's pygmy owl. No sign and very little else to write about bar one crossbill over. Nice to hear wren, goldcrest and yellowhammer in song though.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

cranes back on patch

Had a pleasant morning in the field today, netting the black duck for March and two year-ticks. Kicked off at Påarps mal for the black duck, a brisk westerly was blowing and the bird was hunkered down with mallard on one of the islands offshore. Flying past a few gannets, a red-necked grebe and a red-throated diver.

The rev was unfortunately being disturbed by a 'birder' (or something like that) but I managed to count ringed plover (5), oystercatcher (30) and purple sandpiper (7). IN amongst the ducks my first gadwall of the year (a pair).

Driving in to Rålehamn  I bumped into a mobile flock of 21 redpoll but they did not stick. Offshore  more gannets and even a fulmar past.

Last stop of the day was Klarningen. Geese were feeding here and included a nice total of 68 white-fronteds. Driving home over the top I found a pair of cranes feeding at Ehrenstorp, easily the best bird of the day. Great to have them back!

Friday, February 27, 2015

a rare twitch nets a tick

Male ring-necked duck at close-range today at Halmstad, been a while since I saw this in Europe, my first in Sweden.

I had to go to Halmstad today as part of the rather drawn-out and expensive process of changing my driving license over to a Swedish version (something I should have done seven years ago...). Having been formally identified and photographed I was then able to visit a nearby ring-necked duck at the sewage works. Bonus Swedish tick. The bird was showing very well and had a supporting cast that included water rail (1), little grebe (1) and moorhen (2+). Amazingly I have not twitched anything off-patch since October 2011! Perhaps I should get out more.

Checked Klarningen on the way home and was excited to watch the 2K peregrine hunting jackdaws. Also here kestrel (1), shelduck (11), teal (20), lapwing (70). A flock of 22 goldfinch added a splash pf colour to an otherwise rather grey day.

great day out (20150226)

Had an increasingly rare day in the field today in southerly winds, blues skies and lots of bird movement (mostly skylarks!). Skylarks were definitely the bird of the day, plenty already singing on territory and they could be heard overhead nearly continuously along the coast in the morning.

Great grey shrike finally fell for the year at Ripagården (one of four year-ticks recorded during the day), an engaging individual that was hopping about on the short turf searching for invertebrates. Thanks Sara!

I started the day at Glimminge plantering, where the beach failed to produce a ringed plover but it was evident here and at all coastal sites visited afterwards that shelduck had arrived in numbers. Dagshög next to check for the black duck (no sign), two black guillemots well offshore were the highlight here. Påarps mal did produce the black duck, sheltering in the rocks from the brisk southerly wind. Out on the island were my first ringed plovers (3) and three lapwing. Torekovs rev had two more ringed plovers and at least three oystercatchers. A single purple sandpiper was spotted way to the south on Svarteskär.

Norra Ängalag had a few birds moving through including ten white-fronted geese and a single stock dove going like a bat out of hell. My last coastal stop of the day was at Ripagården hoping for the great grey shrike reported earlier in the week. It was still present and showed very well, hopping about in search of food in the short turf by the sea. A Lapland bunting calling as it flew north was a nice bonus.

Finally I had a quick look at Klarningen. Lots going on here for a day in February with 17 shelduck, 12 teal and 36 lapwing all seeming very early.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Klarningen (20150221)

Half an hour at Klarningen produced more birds. Twelve lapwing were resting on the island today and other stuff new-in included a pair of shelduck and four teal. Over on the fields near Eskilstorpssdammar in a small greylag flock were two white-fronted geese.

busy at Klarningen (20150219)

A real spring feel this morning and it was reflected in the birding at Klarningen. First up were three lapwing resting on the island (my first of the year). Whooper swans (16) were resting up too and as I watched a flock of four adult Bewick's swans joined them.

quiet at Klarningen (20150217)

Had a quick look-in at Klarningen on my way past today, not much happening with just a rough-legged buzzard on site as usual.

wild eagle chase (20150215)

A late SMS informed that there was a golden eagle near Förslöv so I nipped out for a half-hour drive around some likely spots. No sign of the eagle (sadly as it is less that annual for me in BK) but I bagged a year-tick goshawk across the road at Grevie kyrkby.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

hat-trick (20150213)

Had a short amount of time in the field in the morning. It was calm so I headed for Eskilstorpsstrand to check for sea-duck. Very few offshore though and those that were were mostly out of range. At Stensåns mynning I finally connected with a black woodpecker for the year - a singing male.

Last stop of the day was Klarningen where pintail (1) and barnacle goose (4) were year-ticks too. Otherwise quiet. So ducks are returning early this year by the looks of it.