Tuesday, May 1, 2012

another ring ouzel

Did a circuit of Gröthögarna this morning bright and early. Four little terns greeted me at Norra Ängalag and during the walk there were enough grounded migrants to raise my hopes of something scarce. I was hoping for a bluethroat but instead settled happily for a short-eared owl and a great view of a female ring ouzel. Common whitethroats have arrived in numbers overnight it seems. Two common sandpipers were at Dalen. My walk takes a turn around Ilasjön at Ripagården, still no sign of any water rails here this year (bad winter for them?) but two singing reed warblers might be the first in NW Skåne this year and were my only year-tick of the day.

In the afternoon we all checked out Vejbystrand; two more common sandpipers here and a greenshank but no sign of any avocet. Driving away we had a pair of grey partridge feeding by the road in Vejby, a welcome sight, another species hit hard by the succession of bad winter's we have experienced lately.

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