A quick trip out this morning to Råstasjön after yesterdays sighting of the Ural Owl which is still present. Only had 2 hours there due to time restrictions having to collect the kids from daycare, could quite easily spend a full day there though. Met up with Alan Dalton again, both of us eager to get another helping of the Ural Owl and see some more of those wonderful Water Rails.
Started off at the north of the lake to have a quick look at a female Shoveler which has been present all winter. Missed it the last few visits but now the lakes are frozen all but 2-3 spots so now it was easy 🙂
Female Shoveler at Råstasjön
Moved on from there down to the Water Rail spot, checking all the trees on the way for the Ural Owl. After about 10-15 minutes waiting I looked behind where we were only to see the Rail 1 meter away in full view, grabbed the camera and it was down behind all the trees again and out of view, no photos but an okay look at the bird and another one for the year.
Nuthatch feeding at the Water Rail site.
We moved on down to the feeding station, not so much going on there other than 3 Chaffinch, Blackbird, Siskin, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Yellowhammer, Robin and a brief view of a young Goshawk. Just before leaving there was a pleasant little squirrel stealing the bird food.
Feeding at the larger feeding site towards the South end of Råstasjön
Finally before rushing back to the train was the Grey Herons, around 40 sat really close to the path, it’s a fantastic spot for Herons and well worth a visit.
Other birds were Mallard, Coot, Sparrowhawk, Canada Goose and Barnacle.
4 of the 35+ Herons resting at Råstasjön
Grey Herons at Råstasjön, Södra Järvafältet, Stockholm
Food fight, the resting birds start chasing a Heron with a fish..
More Heron photos from today can be seen in my Gallery: http://www.pbase.com/johncostello/grey_heron&page=all