News that a male Capercaillie was present at this site saw me make the trip south today. I was slightly tentative as I approached the site as I had been warned this bird had a reputation for being particularily aggressive and has no fear of humans.
I located this impressive bird almost immediately as it paraded alonside the road in full view. It proceeded to feed for a while, then did a short display and then began approaching birders! The bird persisted with this for ten minutes before strolling off int the woods and feeding as it went. It then returned and began to display. Astoundingly, it then furiously attacked a passing car, which I am told it does on regular occasion, before resuming feeding and wandering off into the forest.
This was the first male Capercaillie I have seen and was quite an experience, a fantastic beast! It seems as though this individual may be a loner and is not in an area one might associate with the species.It may have moved to the area from Tyresta National Park to the north. Occasional individual males of this species display aggressive, fearless behaviour during lekking season. In any event, this encounter will live long in my memory...
Other birds were noted including a Black Woodpecker, 2 Common Crossbill, 4 Willow Tit, 8 Crested Tit and Raven.