Monday, February 20, 2012

struggling

Leaving half the team ill in bed, Number 2 and I headed out in the afternoon to check out a few birds reported recently. First stop was Axeltorps ravine where it took an hour to locate one of the dippers (a year-tick). We lay in the snow and watched it swimming about, which was great.

Next stop was a walk into the game-cover crop grown near Eskilstorpsdammar, Olofsson had some larks here yesterday but we could not scare any up. A noticeable thaw was evident since out last visit three days ago. The finch flock has dwindled to just 60+ chaffinches and a few brambling and tree sparrow. Three stock doves flew by whilst we worked and we could see a ringtail hen harrier hunting over at Klarningen.

It was Klarningen that was our last port of call, chilly here in a brisk southerly wind and we saw little in the short time we were here. A buzzard migrated north and a flock of 55 starlings whizzed past north too.

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