Thursday, April 26, 2012

merlin

Had a couple of hours at Klarningen today en route to my accountant. The "chu-it" call of a spotted redshank greeted me as I got out of the car and there it was a fine summer-plumaged bird. Other waders included a single ruff and single wood sandpiper. A kestrel (or two) appeared overhead and a female merlin charged north nearly taking my head off in the tower. A flock of nearly 50 hirundines included the first sand martin (2) of the year for me and was a fine sight.

Teal numbers are dropping, just 48 counted this morning and no sign of the elusive garganey (although he appeared later for others). Shoveler numbers have climbed to ten and the three pintail remain on site.

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