Saturday, August 8, 2009

Birding - 08/08/09

A late afternoon thunderstorm put paid to painting (phew!) and Mrs B pushed me out the door to check out a few coastal sites in BK. En route to Ranarpstrand bumped into a temporary pool in a field and was stunned to count 45 snipe, as well as wood sandpiper (15), green sandpiper (6), spotted redshank (1), greenshank (2) and ruff (3). Nice one!

Ranarpstrand had more snipe (9), greenshank (1), redshank (1), green sandpiper (1), wood sandpiper (3), common sandpiper (2) and dunlin (3). Tern numbers are building with Sandwich tern (66) and common tern (3).

Next stop was Glimminge, plenty of terns here too with 75 Sandwich tern and three common tern. Waders here too with whimbrel (1), greenshank (2), redshank (1), common sandpiper (7), wood sandpiper (16), green sandpiper (1), snipe (6) and little ringed plover (3). Two shelduck here were the only ones seen all evening (where do they go to moult?). A yellow wagtail was feeding on the rotting seaweed and was the sole migrant drop-out.

Moving on I decided to see what was going on at Påarps Mal (Torekov). Three shags here were welcome returnees to this regular wintering location. Other notable birds included whooper swan (the over-summering adult), shoveler (2) and a stunning and splendidly big goshawk. Last stop was Torekov rev, despite the late hour it was still packed with tourists. A quick look here revealed greenshank (6), spotted redshank (2) and dunlin (15).

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