Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Back in Sweden

Knackered after Poland, I managed to get out for a couple of hours in the early morning. Walked between Lervik and Ranarpstrand and got some good birds. Finch migration was going full bore with flocks of chaffinches passing continually and at many levels. Occasionally buzzy brambling calls and skylark were in amongst them. A red-throated pipit called once on its way south. On the ground got grey plover (2 1K birds) and grey wagtail (2 1K birds). Managed to read another Danish mute swan darvic - which is always nice, even if they have not come far.

The nice warm feeling engendered by being back on-patch changed when I got to Ranarpsstrand and noticed this...


video

Usual apologies re quality, but what a bird. Anyone know what it is? Industrial melanism? Structurally quite good for a 'yellow-legged' gull but the plumage! Is it atlantis? Has it just got a dirty face? The real video is much better if anyone wants it let me know.

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