Thursday, April 19, 2012

West side

With winds still blowing from the east/southeast, I decided a wander up the western side of the peninsula might be a good idea — a round trip of over 7 miles but a nice walk nonetheless. Things started well before I'd even left the house — the Black Redstart was on the garden fence and two Red Kites were circling overhead!

At Falsterbohus I found a Firecrest; a bright bird with a well marked supercillium, so probably a male. It was calling a lot but only showed itself once before the crest flock disappeared into gardens. From Falsterbohus I walked up along the entire length of the Love Path. Common Chiffchaffs were singing along the entire length as well as one or two Willow Warblers, and this Common Treecreeper gave good views.
An adult bird with any markings on the primary coverts confined to the extreme tip of the outermost one or two. The short bill, clean white underparts and wing pattern make it easy to identify... though interestingly the "step" in the primary pattern isn't as obvious on the right wing as it is on the left:

Plenty of Avocets on the harbour road pools and the Red-necked Grebe still there. Three Little Terns were my first this year; also nice views of some common species.



Tree Sparrow

White Wagtail

further Jackdaw


There was also a pair of Common Eider on the pool north of the road.

And a male Wheatear a bit further along.
It was there half a second before I pressed the shutter...

In "the field where we always check for Ring Ouzel but there's never any Ring Ouzels" there were... no Ring Ouzels.

Back at the station, I found this Queen of Spain Fritillary — a new butterfly for me.

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