Offshore there were plenty of Celver Scoter, a very nice sight. Fifteen were counted with at least six pairs. A number of Red Breasted Mergansers were also present, as we're Goosander, Eider and Tufted Duck. Waders were scarce with a couple of pairs of Redshank, three pairs of Greenshank and a couple of pairs if Common Sandpiper. In the evening Crane trumpeted not far away as I relaxed for the evening, beer in hand...cheers!
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Hällögern; Vasterbotten; 22nd June 2013
Arrived in the island at 12.30pm after rowing out. After unpacking went for a look around. As always, Common Gulls and Arctic Terns were everywhere and sitting tight on eggs or young. White Wagtail, Siskin, Chaffinch were around also, whilst so were a surprise breeder, Kestrel. A pair had raised four young in the trees on the island, though they were hard to see well, apart from when the male returned with food.