Friday, February 10, 2012

Scratching about with Number 2

Spent three hours in the morning birding with Number 2, it was cold and we did not see a great deal. We went to feed the ducks at Båstad first, the ducks were wary but our efforts pulled in all the gulls in the area. No white-wingers or the much lusted-after Med gull sadly. Laholmsbukten has completely frozen over - a first in my experience and testimony to the very cold conditions of the last few weeks. A collared dove flew by here, my first of the year!

We also checked out the mouth of the Stensån where a big flock of roosting Canada geese (1000+) slowly headed inland to feed. Also 22 whooper swan here.

Driving over to Torekov to warm up we checked the rev. Here a large flock of goldeneye, included on closer inspection a variety of other ducks. Most exciting was a male pochard, always a surprisingly scarce bird in BK, this was only my tenth record in five years. Also here two long-tailed ducks and a dozen scaup (my first Torekov birds). A quick check of Svarteskär and the sewage works produced a blank and then we drove home to make biscuits.

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