Thursday, August 13, 2009

Birding - 13/08/09

A family party of cranes at Ehrenstorp this afternoon. They fed unconcernedly beside the car. Migrants or locals?

More rain, so more birding today. Took the family out to a few sites. Checked Båstad quickly for goosander (1). Klarningen was also a hurried stop, not much happening here bar four greenshank, a migrating sparrowhawk and a whinchat. Had lunch at Dömestorp but the kids were tired from a party the night before and we did not get far on our walk before melt-down occurred. On the way home had four superb cranes at Ehrenstorp before dumping off the kids and getting out for a couple of hours.

Walked the coast between Lervik and Ranarpstrand. Lervik was devoid of phalaropes but the bay still held greenshank (1), redshank (2), wood sandpiper (8) and common sandpiper (7). Grytskaren had a huge flock of 20 common sandpipers and the bushes held whinchat (1) and red-backed shrike (pair). Ranarpstrand was difficult to count but had good numbers of waders with greenshank (5), redshank (1), wood sandpiper (7), common sandpiper (5), ruff (1), snipe (15), golden plover (20) and grey plover (1). As well as 85 Sandwich terns and 8 common terns.

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