Hjälstaviken 2012/03/26

Weather: Dry – 6°c to 10°c – Medium to Heavy wind easing off throughout the day, partial cloud in morning clearing up towards the end of the day.

Started off around 10:45 at the south end of Hjälstaviken briefly checking out the reeds at what is called the “Långa WWF-spången”. It’s a wooded walkway lifted above the ground that runs straight through the reed beds, fantastic area most of the year.

Alan Dalton and myself were hoping for a Bearded Tit (resident bird around the reeds), instead we had pretty much everything but, 2 White-tailed Eagles circled the area and at times pretty close giving us both great views in really nice light.

Havsörn - Hjälstaviken

1 of the 2 adult White-tailed Eagles circling upon arrival

Other birds around were 2 Common Buzzards, a Linnet, 2 Reed Buntings, Greylag flying over landing towards the north, Goosander, Coot, Blue Tits, Great Tits, 6 Cormorants and several Black-headed Gulls.

We done the usual and walked up to the bird tower (easiest way to the tower is from the north, there is a parking area and a large path straight down to the tower).

5 photos pieced together, view of geese in the fields behind the tower

All the ice had melted, several ducks around – Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Teal, Wigeon, Coot, Mute Swans in the distance, Mallards and a single Great Crested Grebe.

More birds seen or heard around were Meadow Pipit calling, Skylarks, Herring Gulls, 2 Gadwall, Raven Lapwing and Siskin.

Now to the geese, I very much wanted to see a Pink-footed Goose after missing it last time and I was hoping for some photos of White-fronted Goose.

We counted as many as 29 White-fronted Goose, a good 300 Greylag, maybe 50-60 Bean Goose, Canada Goose, Barnacle Goose, a leucistic Greylag and a probable Canada x Barnacle Goose (common hybrid around the stockholm area).

First views of White-fronted Geese together with Greylag just off the tower.

We had fantastic views of Geese flying from water to fields and back and forth for a good hour or so.

What I was after - just 1 of many good photos

Small groups of Common Crane arriving in the area, Hjälstaviken will be covered in Cranes not long from now.

3 Common Buzzards around, 2 displaying, flying in pretty close at times.

North of lake seemed to be holding the Bean Geese, not as many down towards the tower.

2 Pink-footed Geese at the end of the day, they seemed to be with the Bean Geese and the odd Graylag at the North of the lake.

A leucistic Greylag Goose - seen weeks before.
I also seen one the year before around the same time, maybe the same? Who knows...

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Bro skog, Upplands Bro day 2

Another day of great light, another few hours out before getting the kids. Not so many good photos but quite a few birds. A total of 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (3 male and 1 female), 4 Siskin, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Fieldfare, Blackbird, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Jay, a flying over White-tailed Eagle and a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.

One of the better of the 200+ photos taken

A side view of the Male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Spent most of the time trying to photograph the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker as I don’t really have many good photos, this one was as difficult as the rest, rather high up the trees, moving very quick and thick dark trees, not ideal for photos.

A view from the back

Not much…

Not much happening at the moment, not really able to get out due to a heavy work load and some off weather but birding from home isn’t really so bad, some glances out the window whilst waiting for the coffee or warming up some food is enough. I done a quick species count of what I have seen from the windows this year (16 days) and it is 24, that’s over half of the species I have seen all together this year just from home.

Other than the really common ones I have seen Siskin, Sparrowhawk, White-tailed Eagle, Redpoll, Yellowhammer, Green Woodpecker and a Rose-ringed Parakeet. A few early springs ago I had a Ring Ouzel in with the Fieldfares and Blackbirds so fingers crossed something interesting will be seen just as I happen to look out the window 🙂

Keep on birding, home or out…