Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Back again!

After five days in the UK attending the Bird Fair I had a pleasant and productive day in the field today.  Kicked off at Klarningen where things appeared fairly quiet until I noticed a manic 1K spotted crake dashing about on the edge of the Juncus, whilst checking through the waders from the stock gate. My 250th BK bird I think and a welcome addition to the list. Spotted crakes were heard sporadically here in the spring but my money is on this being a migrant. Also here plenty of snipe (26), two spotted redshank, four wood sandpipers and two ruff. Three whinchat and a tree pipit were knocking about too.

Torekovs rev had some birds in too with waders making up the majority of the notable stuff; 70+ rosting golden plover, one grey plover, at least 15 knot (some amazing adults), a little stint, a bar-tailed godwit and some shanks. Similar species noted at Gröthögarna too in smaller numbers but the show was stolen by an immature red-backed shrike and a brief view of a wryneck.

Last stop of the day was at  Ripagården where things were quiet until a goshawk arrived and put the fear of raptor into every bird along the coast. When everything flushed I craned around trying to find an eagle only to discover the goshawk later sitting on a rock in the bay. Nice end to the day.

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