Tuesday, April 27, 2010

More spring birding

Out the door early again for a pre-breakfast session in the mist at Ripagården. On the way picked up a pair of grey partridge in the village. Ripagården was rather quiet, two house martins were my first of the year. Few migrants around but did get several singing lesser whitethroats and two greenshank and a whimbrel were nice.

In the afternoon Mrs B and I hit Hasslarps dammar, still grey and rather cool here and we failed to find anything of great import. There was a large number of hirundines in though, barn swallow (80) dominated but a few house (10) and sand martin (5) present too. Other notable birds included barnacle goose (6), gadwall (pair), pintail (male), shoveler (6), avocet (2), ruff (20), redshank (6), green sandpiper (1), wood sandpiper (2), common sandpiper (1) and at least seven blue-headed wagtails.

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