Friday, September 11, 2009

Birding - 11/09/09

Barnacle geese heading north? What is that about? And where do these barnies come from and where do they winter?

Torekov rev, looking good but wader numbers have been poor here this autumn.

Got out reasonably early for an hour at Torekov rev. Some geese moving with greylag (101 north) and barnacle (185 N). Other waterfowl included teal (7), wigeon (12) and single shoveler and pintail. A poor selection of waders included redshank (8), common sandpiper (1), ringed plover (6), golden plover (31) and dunlin (31). Not much vismig but grey wagtail (1S) and siskin (12) were migrants. Bashing the bushes produced a single chiffchaff, reed bunting (2) and yellowhammer (3). Further north in Halland, Lapland buntings and bluethroats were dropping out, so there is hope for tomorrow.

A message in a bottle. I find one or two a year in Bjäre. Last year I sent one back from Sabah, just for fun...

After breakfast walked the stretch between Vejbystrand and Lervik with Number 1 and 2. They enjoyed looking for 'treasure' and we had a good time. It was quiet bird-wise with a couple of bar-tailed godwits and redshank. Spotted some thermalling raptors on the move, two marsh harriers and a splendid hobby. Lervik had a few yellow wagtails, two whinchat and 90 golden plover flew by (doubtless from nearby Ranarpstrand).

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