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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Falsterbo; 25th September 2010

Male Siskin; Everywhere! Incredible passage of this species today...

Siskin; Female

Awoke at 5am and was out of bed like a rocket, made breakfast and a packed luch and out the door to discover it was westerly with rain. Not generally a good combination I thought, but the day proved interesting in the end.
As expected on arrival at Nabben, the rain and heavy mist knocked some birds back but what the locals wee describing as a terrible migrant passage was still impressive to me. The passage started at 07.30am withn,Siski then more Siskin. By 10.30 am I had logged 2,162 in my notebook. Tree Pipits(111 birds logged) were buzzing over head all through the morning, Meadow Pipits were even more numerous. Chaffinch and Brambling were logged at just 380, incredibly up to 250,000 of these birds can pss through on a good day! The first Sparrowhawk zipped past, then another, Stock Doves high up, passing quickly. Birds were at sea too, the best total was 108 Dark Bellied Brent Goose flying west from the Baltic. Then a juvenile Perigrine put in an appearance, a hightlight of the morning. Some other logged birds as follows;
33 Song Thrush, 42 Reed Bunting, 38 Sandwich Tern, 46 Starling, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Greenshank, 2 Snipe, 18 Curlew, 6 Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing, 34 Dunlin, 14 Shoveler, 6 Pintail, 232 Wigeon, Mallard, Goldeneye, 5 Grey Herron, 280 Meadow Pipit, 1420 Brambling/Chaffinch, 1 Skylark, 7 Stock Dove, Woodpigeon,1 House Martin, 52 Swallow, 72 Eider, Robin, Wren, Dunnock, 2 Redpoll, 7 Goldfinch, 4 Greenfinch, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 1 Hobby, 75 Sparrowhawk, 8 Kestrel, 4 Yellow Wagtail, Rook Hooded, Crow, Magpie and Jay.

From midday I watched the skies at Ljungen Heath, though raptor passage was poor by local standards I did see the following; 26 Common Buzzard, 2 Honey Buzzard, 1 adult Rough Legged Buzzard, 6 Kestrel, 97 Sparrowhawk, 1 Merlin, 2 Marsh Harrier, 100 Golden Plover, 454 Greylag Goose and constant passage, of Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit, Finches etc. Very nice birding and a god view of a pale Honey Buzzard juvenile was a highlight, In general it was most interesting to take in the variation shown by Common Buzzard.

Still not done I went back to Fyren and Flommen, things were very quiet, though 3 Black Throated Divers were a nice bonus.

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