Sunday, January 8, 2012

pom skua!

Kicked off this morning at Kattvik hoping for the long-staying pomarine skua - a 2K bird that turned up on cue after just 15 minutes and did a number of flybys during the 1.5 hour session. Also here a wintering chiffchaff - my first in Sweden, as well as four black-throated divers, a gannet, four kittiwakes and a good-sized flock of 75 waxwing. A quick look at Yttre Kattvik produced two more kittiwake but I left just before someone found a puffin...

In the afternoon we checked out the storm damage at Grytskären. This is perhaps the most low-lying stretch of coast in BK and the coastal pasture was strewn with sand and rocks. Looks good for shorelark! A single redshank flew amongst the islands offshore - a scarce winter bird lately. Also here a single slavonian grebe and my first grey heron of the year. Walking north onto Ranarpsstrand produced a flock of 40 meadow pipits but little else of note.

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