Monday, May 13, 2013

birthday birding

Our campsite on Öland was infested with red-breasted flycatchers

Started the 9th of May with an early session around Gröthögarna and then relocated for a long weekend on Öland. The morning session produced five BK year-ticks in the shape of sedge and reed warbler, icterine warbler, spotted flycatcher and rather embarassingly redpoll! A reasonable showing and a small fall evident but no big surprises.

Travelling to Öland took up the remainder of the day and we arrived at our campsite at Stenåsabadet in time to put up the tent and connect with at least four red-breasted flycatchers and a singing male firecrest. A peregrine flew low overhead as the sun dipped towards the horizon and the coast revealed a year-tick turnstone. Stenåsabadet is located on the east coast and has a few clumps of trees that pull in the birds and is set to become a favourite location of mine when visiting the island.

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