Sunday, October 11, 2009

Birding - 11/10/09

A family outing to Farhult in the morning failed to produce any sign of yesterday's Tengmalm's owl sadly - although the kids enjoyed looking. The coast here produced nine grey plovers, three bar-tailed godwit and the first migrating whooper swans of the season (7). On the way home stopped off at Södra Utmarken to look for the regular great grey shrike (which returned recently), but as usual I could not find it. Did get a nice perched 1K goshawk here though, sitting bolt-upright on a dead snag on the forest edge.

Ma B found a couple of confiding snow buntings, which were the highlight of an hour at the coast in the afternoon.

In the late afternoon, Ma B and Number 2 accompanied me for a short walk at Öllövstrand. We hoped for yellow-browed warbler but had to be content with two very tame snow buntings, a few chiffchaff and a blackcap.

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