Thursday, July 1, 2010

First of the month

The kids and I checked out Ranarpsstrand briefly this morning. Notable birds included two male wigeon, avocet (2), dunlin (2), redshank (7), greenshank (2) and green sandpiper (1).

In the evening I nipped out to look at Klarningen and Petersberg. Klarningen failed to offer up anymore quail action but did produce the grasshopper warbler again and a few waders; two pairs of little ringed plover, three fluffy ringed plovers, greenshank (1), green sandpiper (3) and wood sandpiper (13). Best bird though was a male red-backed shrike hunting off the fenceline along the river. Odonata were still active in the sun and I saw my first Lestes sponsa and Enallagma of the year. Several large skippers may have been my first in Sweden...

A big surprise at Petersberg was four newly-hatched little ringed plovers.

Dropped in briefly at Petersberg, running into a family group of little ringed plovers and hearing another grasshopper warbler. Both species undetected during earlier visits to the site this spring. Also here two calling water rails and a single green sandpiper.

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