Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Birding - 29/04/09

Slow worm - on the path at Ripagården this morning. More frequently encountered in this part of Sweden than in Norfolk (UK)

A walk out with Mum B, Mrs B and Number 3 around Önnarp later in the day produced this early Queen-of-Spain fritillary. The first Odonate of the year appeared briefly too but got away - almost certainly Libellula quadrimaculata

Spent a couple of hours in the field before breakfast at Ripagården. Things were quiet on the migrant front, although plenty of singing redstarts, lesser whitethroats and blackcaps have arrived on territory since I was last here.

Flushed the same pair of grey partridge again - they seem to have taken up residence. Other highlights were a fox (hard to see here, although evidently widespread), a slow worm and a superb grey-phase tawny owl perched low down in the wood being mobbed by a collection of passerines.

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