Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Kvismare fågelstation, Sweden - Day 40

We woke up this morning to rain, which was quite a shame, because I was really looking forward to ringing today with the prospect of perhaps a Bluethroat at Vallen.
Instead, I went back to bed for a couple of hours and then headed off to Hammarmaden in search of waders. There was loads of water at our wader catching site so only saw 2 Ringed Plover, plus 2 Garganey and 458 Teal.
Viewing Hammarmaden from the bridge, I saw 43 Bean Geese (that increased later in the day to 65), c500 Greylag Geese, 3000+ Lapwing (including a leucistic bird) and 12 Ruff

When I got home, we found out that a Greater Yellowlegs had been reported from Hammarmaden about 40 minutes before I had arrived! We went straight back in the hope it would have been refound, but there was no sign. Hopefully, if the report was genuine, it will be refound locally.

We decided to have a couple of net rounds at Öby Kulle as quite a few Tree Pipit were flying over. We managed to catch 1, plus 2 Willow Warblers, a Robin and 2 Marsh Tit.

The weather looks better for tomorrow, so Ässön could be our target. We also intend on catching Swallows this evening at Vallen

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