Saturday, August 15, 2009

Birding - 15/08/09

It rained most of the day today. We all went out in the morning for a look at Ranarpstrand but only lasted 45 minutes. Two great crested grebes and a black guillemot floated offshore. Waders were few and far between with snipe (8), ruff (1), greenshank (1), redshank (2), wood sandpiper (1) and golden plover (20). An examination of the fence-line at the back showed that passerine migration is now well and truly on the go with whinchat (4) and red-backed shrike (female).

The rain stopped at tea-time so I nipped out for quick look at Torekov. A few sand martins hunted over Flytermossen. The rev was very quiet although two 1K knot were my first of the season and a shoveler was resting up. A few birds were migrating into the stiff southerly including six bar-tailed godwits and a dozen curlew. Still no sanderling for the year...

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