Monday, September 1, 2014

roof birds and a BK tick

Been on the roof again this week but most of the hammering and noisy machine work is finished and so the ear-defenders are off and I have become a birder again. Birds have been on the move this week with migrants obviously passing over the house most mornings. Crossbills and hawfinches have been regularly heard and in amongst them I have had the toy-trumpet call of the two-barred crossbill on two occasions. Not bad.

My weekly visit to Klarningen today ended with a single penduline tit call coming from the poolside willows behind the tower just as I had to leave to pick up the kids. A BK tick nonetheless. Otherwise plenty of wildfowl on site but the afternoon light made going through them problematical. Waders present included ruff (22), wood sandpiper (3) and green sandpiper (1). Passerines on the gorund included yellow wagtail (3), whinchat (7) and wheatear (5).

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