Tuesday, March 3, 2015

cranes back on patch

Had a pleasant morning in the field today, netting the black duck for March and two year-ticks. Kicked off at Påarps mal for the black duck, a brisk westerly was blowing and the bird was hunkered down with mallard on one of the islands offshore. Flying past a few gannets, a red-necked grebe and a red-throated diver.

The rev was unfortunately being disturbed by a 'birder' (or something like that) but I managed to count ringed plover (5), oystercatcher (30) and purple sandpiper (7). IN amongst the ducks my first gadwall of the year (a pair).

Driving in to Rålehamn  I bumped into a mobile flock of 21 redpoll but they did not stick. Offshore  more gannets and even a fulmar past.

Last stop of the day was Klarningen. Geese were feeding here and included a nice total of 68 white-fronteds. Driving home over the top I found a pair of cranes feeding at Ehrenstorp, easily the best bird of the day. Great to have them back!

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