Monday, April 26, 2010

Dawn patrol - 26/04/10

This is from yesterday, when we all stopped at Greviebackar to enjoy the spring show of pasque flowers.

Another early start saw me at Petersberg at 0530 hoping for an early Acro. Had to make do with a showy water rail, two displaying redpoll and a flyover green sandpiper. Klarningen next for grey partridge (pair), moorhen (pair and year-tick), wood sandpiper (3, ditto) and a superb pair of whinchat (another year-tick). With garganey just over the BK boundary, it was time for the first visit of the year to Skottorps våtmark. Had a good look around this time and found the garganey (pair), as well as whooper swan (1), goosander (2), ruff (1), redshank (1), wood sandpiper (3) and common sandpiper (2). It is a cracking site and hopefully in the future Klarningen will be as good.

In the afternoon we all went for a walk around Glimminge and Vasaltheden. Glimminge was rather quiet, although seven shoveler were nice and the woods were full of recently arrived migrants singing away. Vasaltheden had the best birds though with two more shoveler, whimbrel (1, year-tick), greenshank (1) and my first lesser whitethroat of the year.

Ringed plover clutch at Vasaltheden today. These guys have a chance, most of Klarningen has been harrowed (!) since my last visit which must have destroyed plenty of lapwing and skylark nests.

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