Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Falsterbo bird migration

An impression from a visit last week. Raptors peaked on monday, a day with optimal conditions (sunny weather and a light southwesterly wind).
Nabben, the end of Scandinavia for migrating birds in autumn
Early morning Honey Buzzard with passerine migration in the background. About 30 seen in total.
massive migration of Siskin
Blue Tits in confusion, a lot of hesitation before they actually take off towards the sea
late Swifts, I saw 9 in total
Sparrowhawks are everywhere, 1000+ on a single day
Red Kites following the coast
the first Rough-legged Buzzards started migration
Cranes over Ljungen
Falsterbo-canal; a better spot for raptors because they fly concentrated and lower than over the heath. Eagles may return inland here as they notice land is ending 
But not this eagle, Ospreys fly anywhere anytime! They were on show daily.
Red Kites have strongly increased in Sweden, about 150 were on the move on monday. Impressive and very elegant birds.
Buzzards and a kite disappearing in the cloud to gain height for the crossing to Denmark (about 500 in total)
Red Kite
Pallid Harrier, I saw 3 in total but all were very distant.
Fyledalen valley, hotspot for Golden Eagles but not today.. River restoration is nice anyway!