Sunday, April 25, 2010

Birding - 25/04/10

Nipped out before breakfast this morning, walking the short stretch between Grytskaren and Ranarpsstrand. Grytskaren still holds a number of eider but numbers have dropped way off since the king eider. Two little terns were nice to see and four black guillemots looked like local breeders. A single great crested grebe served as a reminder that the big numbers present over the late winter have moved on.

Ranarpsstrand was good with sandwich tern (1), common tern (2) and Arctic tern (1), all welcome and somewhat overdue year-ticks. A greenshank was also new for the year as was a black-throated diver which flew high along the shoreline as I left the site.

Checked out Slottet near Killeröd for lesser spotted woodpecker on the way home but dipped again, only hearing great spotted drumming.

In the afternoon Mrs B and I nipped out to bird Sandön and Rönnen. At Sandön water levels were low but there were few birds (although there was some disturbance from fishermen). Waders included: greenshank (16), redshank (4), avocet (6) and snipe (1). Overhead a pair of little tern and a male marsh harrier.

Rönnen was better with the unmistakeable sub-song of an unseen thrush nightingale in the brambles by the KOF shed - an early bird. Waders included ruff (1), avocet (17) and redshank (5). Offshore at least 350 common scoter were notable and a single twite flew in calling and perched briefly before dropping onto the edge of the pool and out of sight.

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