Friday, October 2, 2009

Birding - 02/10/09

The hobby we had this morning was a bit more alive than this fellah, rescued from jungle crows beside a busy road in West Bengal in May 2003.

Got out for two hours with the kids and Ma B mid-morning. We did a circuit around Vasaltheden and, despite the many distractions, we recorded a surprising number of good birds. The best bird was my latest Swedish whimbrel by a significant margin, I saw it coming from a long way off but dismissed it as the curlew we had seen earlier. Luckily it called just as it was going past! I have not seen whimbrel at all in September and this is only my fourth autumn record in 2009. Other good birds included woodlark and common crossbill calling overhead, a single grey wagtail south, and a splendid hobby heading south fast and feinting briefly at a flock of starlings. Great stuff.

In the afternoon stopped briefly at Malen and had a quick look at the sea. Just one great crested grebe and six tufted ducks. No sign of any scoters.

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