Wednesday, July 18, 2012

birding!

Managed to get up this morning and checked out Yttre Kattvik for a couple of hours. Still medium-strength westerlies going on and a few waders were still passing by. The best birds were a single fulmar and a nice adult Arctic tern.

In the afternoon Mrs B and I checked out Klarningen; little stint (1) and Temminck's stint were the best birds here and I finally caught up with the little grebe (I think a pair actually bred this year but this is the first time I have seen one on site this year!).

Next stop was a rare trip outside BK to look at waders at Rönnen and hopefully connect with the reported broad-billed sandpiper and red-necked phalarope. Things were really happening here and we had a pleasant time going through the stacks of waders present along the shore. Managed some impressive totals; knot (20), sanderling (7), little stint (7), Temminck's stint (3) and curlew sandpiper (27), but the two target waders eluded us somehow. Excitingly overhead we had a nice adult white-tailed eagle and a hobby dashed through chasing swallows.

On the way home we checked out Sandön which was quiet and then a little later I went back to Rönnen for half an hour at dusk and connected easily with the phalarope and a nice adult broad-billed sandpiper!

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