Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Sweden in Spring with Naturetrek

A four day trip to the Black River Valley (Svartadalen) with birding pal Steve Carter.
Day 1, 9th May.
We departed London Heathrow at around 07:40 arriving Arlanda Airport, Stockholm 11:00 local time. Once passing customs we met our Naturetrek leader and guide Daniel Green, Danish birders Flemming and Vibeke Moeller and British birders Ian Currie, Bridget Gregory, Peter and Brenda Wilson.
Once loaded into the mini-bus we left Arlanda Airport and headed off to a nearby flooded meadow for our first spot of birding.
Here a single Baltic Gull, Larus fuscus fuscus was observed at rest while along the waters edge Wood Sandpipers busily fed. We then moved on to Lake Marlaren Inner Archipelago where waders and waterfowl were abundant. Species of interest included; Whooper Swan, Barnacle Goose (c200), Western Marsh Harrier (2), Common Buzzard, Rough-legged Buzzard (1 over briefly), Eurasian Hobby, Common Crane (80), Little-ringed Plover (2), Ruff (several), Little Gull (several), Common Tern (several), Arctic Tern (several), Black Tern (several), White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail ( both Scandinavian sub-species flava and  thunbergi, Whinchat (singing male), Northern Wheatear (several), Fieldfare, Hooded Crow, Tree Sparrow. After a couple of hours birding we moved on and stopping briefly at a garden feeding station watched a total of 5 Hawfinch at close quarters giving photographic opportunities. We then headed off to our lodgings Salbohed Garden late afternoon. After dinner we searched the nearby wetlands noting Osprey with prey (a rather large Northern Pike) before visiting the mixed forest of the Black River Valley for the elusive Great Grey Owl. As the sun set Eurasian Woodcock began roding overhead before we were alerted to the call of a male Great Grey Owl. Unfortunately the bird did not show and we retired for a well earned rest back at our hotel.
A full list of species observed as follows;
Great-crested Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Great Cormorant, Grey Heron, Whooper Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Barnacle Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Common Goldeneye, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Western Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, Rough-legged Buzzard, Osprey, Eurasian Hobby, Peregrine Falcon, Common Pheasant, Eurasian Coot, Common Crane, Little-ringed Plover, Northern Lapwing, Ruff, Common Redshank,
Wood Sandpiper, Common Snipe, Eurasian Woodcock, Little Gull, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Baltic Gull, Common Tern,  Arctic Tern, Black Tern, Woodpigeon, Feral Pigeon, Common Cuckoo, Great Grey Owl, Green Woodpecker, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Common Skylark, Barn Swallow, Sand Martin, Tree Pipit, Meadow Pipit, White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, Wren, European Robin, Whinchat, Northern Wheatear, Common Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Eurasian Nuthatch, Common Starling, Eurasian Jay, Common Magpie, Western Jackdaw, Hooded Crow, Tree Sparrow, Common Chaffinch, Hawfinch, Eurasian Siskin, European Greenfinch, European Goldfinch, Northern Bullfinch, Common Reed Bunting.
European Hare, European Roe Deer, Red Deer, European Beaver.


                                                                   Whooper Swan



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