Friday, August 24, 2012

another spotted crake!

No wildlife photos today, the most exciting object that strayed into the view-finder was the Danish Royal yacht Dannebrog, anchored just off Båstad.

Checked out Klarningen this morning hoping for yesterday's reported knot. No sign of that unfortunately but compensation came in the form of an adult spotted crake. A different bird to the 1K seen two days ago and you have to wonder whether they did not quietly breed at the site this summer. Waders included ruff (2), snipe (a massive 43), spotted redshank (2), greenshank (2) and wood sandpiper (8). Passerines included at least four yellow wagtails and a whinchat.

On the way home checked Eskilstorpsstrand which briefly hosted a flock of ten sanderling - the first double figure congregation of that species for me in BK. Checked Båstad briefly too but just a few common sandpiper knocking about.

In the afternoon Mrs B and I headed for Sandön and Rönnen for a wander. The water was high at Sandön and wader numbers were low but included a single turnstone. It was all happening at Rönnen though, with a huge collection of greylag and barnacle geese that we did not have time to count. The coastline produced three avocet and three sanderling. But it was Lilla Viken that impressed, it was heaving with stuff; little ringed plover (2), knot (84), dunlin (21), broad-billed sandpiper (1 1K), ruff (1) and a collection of Tringa. Superb.


  1. Hey Mr Benstead,

    long time, no see.

    The blog is in good shape - a cracking read. Trust you are all enjoying yourselves over there. Not much changes in east Norfolk. I'm part-time now while Holly has gone full-time. Lots more wandering on the beach and around the coast with our daughter. Good stuff.

    I'll keep closer tabs on the blog and hope to bump into you and Charlotte et al on one of your coming visits.

    All the best

  2. tim, good to hear from you, glad to hear you are living the dream! cheers p