Monday, March 15, 2010

Walking the coast again - 15/03/10

Another white-tailed eagle today, they have been plentiful on-patch this winter.

We took the loop walk between Grytskaren and Vistorpshamn this morning. A bitter NW blowing in off the sea made for a chilly coastal section and we probably missed stuff. Ranarpsstrand was good, we imediately dipped-in on a superb adult white-tailed eagle, which flew off south. Also here were two female smew, a few teal and oystercatcher, plenty of singing skylarks and single rock and meadow pipit. On the way back we flushed the first song thrush of the year from a roadside garden. Grytskaren was quiet apart from the flock of eiider (350) and a single goldfinch.

We took lunch out at Hovs Hallar. Two red-throated divers were offshore - amazingly my first of the year. Also here a superb hunting peregrine, trying to get the better of a very plucky lapwing, which eventually made good its escape

Hares are busy displaying at the moment, but I failed photograph any of the action.

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