Friday, March 26, 2010

The king is back!

Warm and fine today, our first chance to appreciate the warmth of the spring sun. Did a bit of essential gardening in the morning. Two white wagtails went low over the garden before lunch.

In the afternoon we went to Haga for a walk but surprisingly little was moving (not just the garden then), one chiffchaff was singing and song thrushes were evident too. Quickly moved on to Kattvik and Yttre Kattvik but very quiet here too, just a few black guillemots bobbing on a mirror calm sea. Visibility was awful though so I soon got itchy to move again.

Next stop was Ripagården which at least had some birds to look at. At least five chiffchaffs here, they really have come in strongly over the last two days. Also a pair of wheatears (yesterday's bird was my earliest Swedish bird so far) and a couple of white wagtails. Just as we arrived home I got an SMS from the excellent Martin Åkesson, a king eider had been found at Grytskaren. It was the work of just half an hour to nip up and cosh it off and get back for tea. Shame I didn't find it (thanks again Håkan), but I am not grumbling, a great bird!

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