Thursday, May 19, 2011

Village birding

A quiet couple of days with some interesting garden action. Yesterday a male pied flycatcher finally returned and started singing in the garden, really late but at least he is back and there are vacant nestboxes, so hopefully a female will be forthcoming. Today the garden produced a black woodpecker and flyover greenshank. A little grebe on the Lindab pools nearby was my first in the village.

I did manage an hour at Klarningen today, which produced a massive count of 22 Temminck's stint - a career best for me and definitely notable, a big day for this species with good numbers elsewhere in the region. Otherwise Klarningen was very quiet with just one wood sandpiper and one common sandpiper. A big movement of swifts was obvious overhead and five wheatears outon the grassland were presumably migrants.

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