Thursday, January 7, 2010

Chilly birding - 07/01/10

Really chilly day today, NW Skåne is starting to look like Hokkaido in winter.

Last day on patch before my next big trip. Got out with the kids for fifteen minutes at Kattvik in the morning. They only lasted this long before the bitter wind started to compromise their life support systems. Ice forming offshore meant that most birds on the sea were distant, but included; great crested grebe (1), long-tailed duck (7) and a few tens of velvet and common scoter.

After lunch I nipped back to Ripagården for a crack at Lapland bunting again. Saw two easily and well this time with no fuss, mousing about amongst the yellowhammers. Fantastic birds. Also in the neighbourhood, a persistent male hen harrier, white-tailed eagle (overhead, 10m views), redshank (2), bullfinch (4) and as I drove home a single snow bunting in the yellowhammer flock.

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