Sunday, August 16, 2009

Birding - 16/08/09

Number 1 scored another hawk-moth caterpillar on the walk between Yttre Kattvik and Hovs Hallar - this splendid privet hawk Sphinx ligustris.

We all went out for walk this morning and had lunch at Hov Hallar. The wind was a breezy SW when we left home but by the time we got to Hovs Hallar it was blowing well from the west. Things are shaping up for a good sea-watch tomorrow I reckon. Number 1 kindly pointed out the only gannet of the day during lunch! It begins... This bird heralded a brief burst of activity with a couple of grey plover, one knot and one bar-tailed godwit past. Typically we moved off just before a pomarine skua went through...

After lunch I checked out Båstad for an hour. Nothing doing here, although a fine male velvet scoter floated just offshore and two goosander shuttled overhead. A quick look at Petersberg revealed some dragonflies including the year's first Sympetrum vulgatum, a Sympetrum danae and a possible Somatochlora metallica. Damsels included Ischnura elegans and Enallagma cyathigerum.

Moustached darter Sympetrum vulgatum - flying at Petersberg this afternoon.

This Sympetrum danae was a surprise find at Petersberg - not really ideal habitat, possibly a migrant?

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