Sunday, January 15, 2012

Wildfowl count - Dagshög to Torekov

Spent the morning walking the stretch of coast between Dagshög and Torekov. This stretch in January usually produces a few winter specialities but today it was quiet, although I did finally year-tick teal! The highlights being just a white-tailed eagle hunting over Hallands Väderö, four adult shags on Svarteskär, and a black guillemot near Torekov harbour. Not a sniff of a grey wagtail or a water pipit, and just one meadow pipit. Eleven waxwing flew into Torekov as I left.

I checked the rev and Norra Ängalag before going home for lunch but all was quiet here too although the latter site did have five meadow pipits and two rock pipits feeding on the seaweed.

Klarningen is full of water at the moment, as are the adjacent wetlands, shame it is freezing up for the winter. Looks like a decent-size complex now and there is much more across the motorway (right of shot and outside BK). It is going to pull birds in.

In the afternoon we checked out Eskilstorpsstrand, spent most of the time looking through the large number of gulls here off Stensåns mynning. No sign of any white-wingers though. The flat calm seas allowed a leisurely perusal of a flock of at least 195 scaup and the oystercatcher was still present. Last stop of the day was Klarningen where I finally added rough-legged buzzard to the year-list and we also watched the hen harrier (female) eating a mouse. The sub-zero temperatures last night have put a decent skim of ice on the water and only 38 mallard toughed it out on the main lake.

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