Moulting adult Tree Sparrow
Today my parents came to visit me whilst on a Scandanavian break, so I was their tour guide for the day. I had a few targets to show them for the day:
- Osprey: Being a Brockholes birder, they know all about me and Ospreys, so I was keen to show them some. We weren't disappointed as we got views of 6 all at the same time and reasonably close quarters at Vallen.
- Adders: Of course, regular readers of this blog will know all about Adders, so I was very keen to show my very worried mother that Adders are in fact beautiful animals and not at all scary (unless you're a bit of a tool!) We saw 5 at Vallen.
- Common Crane: As Kvismaren is home to a lot of Cranes, I was again keen to show them this species and we were about to see 7 birds throughout the day, which is nothing compared to the reserve's total population, but still nice.
- White-tailed Eagle: I would give a reason why I wanted to show my parents this species, but there need not be a reason! Such an impressive bird should be seen by everyone! We were able to see the male sat on his perch/tree at Hammarmaden.
- Ringing: Working as an assistant ringer here at Kvismaren, a visit wouldn't be complete without a ringing demonstration. We put up 3 nets in the garden and after 2 birdless net rounds, the nerves started to set in. The 3rd net round however produced a 3cy+ female Chaffinch and the above moulting adult Tree Sparrow, which was a 'Swedish ringing tick' for me. Lovely birds to handle.
- Beavers: The final target of the day was to see a Beaver as Sweden is quite famous for its wood-chomping rodents. We stood on the bridge overlooking the canal by