Saturday, 21 July 2012

Kvismare fågelstation, Sweden - Day 9

 adult Spotted Flycathcer
Juvenile male nominate/northern European Nuthatch

Todays CES took place at Banvallen where we caught about 35 birds in total. Highlights included my first Spotted Flycatchers and 'northern' Nuthatch which were both real treats to hold. Other species caught were Kestrel (the same bird as the Sand Martin colony bird), Fieldfare, Pied Flycathcer, Blackbird, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, Great Tit, Blue Tit and Chaffinch.

Non-avian highlights came in the form of the 2nd record of Little Tern at Kvismaren, and the first since 1968! This was flying around the lake all day and for a short period of time sat on the same patch of mud as a Caspain Tern! Not the greatest photo in the world, but it's nice to see how variable tern species in europe can be! A lovely bird, and my first since 2007...which is quite depressing to say the least.

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