Monday, July 20, 2009

Birding - 20/07/09

Monday rolls around again and a chance to bird further afield with the kids in tow. Kicked off at Rönnen where yesterdays huge numbers of waders had sadly dwindled in time for our arrival. We did see three Temminck's stints though, as well as curlew sandpiper (1), wood sandpiper (4) and a handful of other waders. Nearby at Sandön there was a bit more going on with goosander (4), curlew sandpiper (1), dunlin (56), greenshank (2), redshank (5), bar-tailed godwit (6), avocet (2), snipe (1) and curlew (30). A fishing osprey caught a nice flat-fish as we watched. Shelduck numbers have quietly dropped away everywhere locally over the month and now we find just odd singles and small late family parties.

After a deal of shopping we checked out Klarningen. The kids enjoyed the mud greatly and in between repeatedly digging out Numbers 1 & 2, I had time to look for a few birds. Highlights included 70 sand martins perched on the access track (also two yellow wagtails here), a female marsh harrier and a single green sandpiper. Met one of the local birders down the shops yesterday and he reckons that Klarningen will eclipse all other Swedish west coast wetlands in 2010 and 2011. It is going to be good if so.

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