Monday, 27 April 2015

Cracks appearing

The flood gates look to be opening and today I had four new species for the year list: Sand Martin (sandsvale), Greenshank (gluttsnipe), Common Sandpiper (strandsnipe) and a couple of early Wood Sandpipers (grønnstilk). In addition I heard Willow Warblers (løvsanger) at three locations so the daw chorus has had an important addition.

The water level in Svellet is now increasing and conditions are prefect for Teal (krikkand) with a huge 1600 present. Waders are still in low numbers but I expect that to change radically by this time next week: todays 9 Greenshank could easily have risen to 400! The big question though is how quickly the water level will rise – if it rises too quickly over the next 2 weeks then conditions could quickly become unsuitable for waders.
Svellet 27 April 2015. The water is sill low but is now rising

I didn't take too many pictures today but did get some shots of what can be tricky species pairs

Chiffchaff (gransanger) - note the dark legs and short primary projection

Willow Warbler (løvsanger) - note the flesh coloured legs and longer primary projection than the Chiffchaff

Green Sandpiper (skogsnipe)

Common Sandpiper (strandsnipe)

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