Monday, April 4, 2011

chasing the king

Stuck at home today with poorly kids, this winter virus has been troubling us all for nearly a month and we are fed up! Nipped out to get some fresh air after Mrs B got home. A king eider had been travelling south down the Halland coast and may have gone to ground (well, water) in Laholmsbukten. At this time of year eider that gather in Laholmsbukten tend to head east overland rather than travel south and around into the Baltic the long way. There was a chance the king would wait in the bay, so I decided to check Eskilstorpsstrand. En route a chiffchaff was singing in Petersberg.

Eskilstorpsstrand had a good number of seaduck offshore but all the eider where further north. Amongst the 250 common scoter were 100 wigeon, 75 velvet scoter, two scaup, two long-tailed duck and five Slavonian grebe.

I decided to check Klarningen before going home, picking up a single lesser black-backed gull along the access track. Plenty of birds have moved north from here, the teal flock was down to about 60 and there was no sign of the site's first garganey yet. Two shoveler and two wigeon remained. The ruff flock has built to six and there was a similiar number of redshank and still just one green sandpiper.

Will have to try for the king eider again tomorrow if possible.

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