Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A day out with the kids

Promised the kids a day out today so off we went to enjoy the sun during the Easter holidays. The garden over breakfast produced a year-tick - a nice feeding male blackcap, slightly overdue. I could also hear a redstart but we have yet to see one in the garden this year. Driving to Klarningen we stopped off at a Sinarpsdalen overlook and had the male black redstart at the farm and we could also hear common redstart here too.

Klarningen was fairly quiet; just the ruff (male), two barn swallows and a late twite (1) to get excited about in a quick look. Then we drove offpatch and had a walk around Hasslarps dammar. Plenty of birds here, as usual making Klarningen seem a bit ordinary. At least 7 displaying marsh harriers were up in the air on arrival. Duck had great variety with a splendid pair of garganey (year-tick) and a pair of pintail too. A reasonably thorough search for waders failed to produce the recent black-tailed godwit but did turn up my first common sandpiper of the year.

After lunch we tried Sandön. Plenty of terns here with at least six Sandwich terns, two Arctics and nine commons. The latter two were year-ticks and a single greenshank added another to the annual total. Before home we just had time for a quick look at the new wetland at Stureholm. A great spot which produced three pairs of red-necked grebe, as well as the sought-after two spotted redshank.

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