Friday 17th of May 2019 and I brought my luggage when I left my room around 5 o´clock. I will not come back to Hotel Skansen in Färjestaden again. Well, at least not until next time I come to Öland. I drove to Beijershamn keeping my eyes out for bird as soon as I left the main road driving down to the sea front.
I parked the car and I started my eBird app at 05:40. I discovered the Collared Flycatcher in a branch just above my car. Sitting there singing close to the nest. There are babies, I think in the nest. Or at least one female sitting on eggs.
A sound from the nest and the male gets in to the hole and he come out with poo to drop outside the nest. Then back to singing outside the nest.
I leave the parking area walking in to the forest hoping to be lucky to see the Long-tailed Tit again. No luck with the tits, but I spotted one Eurasian Nuthatch eating seeds that they had put out on the wall to one of the houses. There was a Great Spotted woodpecker sitting in an old tree. The Woodpecker is looking for food under the bark.
Mostly by scratching of the bark by the bill. But there was also some “PECKING” and I made a sound recording of the woodpecker looking for food.
Recorded with my ZOOM H5 Handy Recorder. High Pass Filter applied with Audacity.
Woodpecker looking for food under the bark in an old tree. Not so much "pecking" as remove the old bark by scratching with the bill.
Male Collared Flycatcher / Halsbandsflugsnappare
Coming back to the car and the flycatcher is still singing outside the nest above my car. And the bird is not scared, just sitting there singing above my head. Well, yet another good visit to Beijershamn and time turned quickly. Time to leave for the Long-eared Owl on the other side of Öland.
My eBird checklist from Beijershamn - 17 May 2019, click HERE
It had been gloom and grey for long as I could see the whole morning. Passing Mörbylånga on the way to Stenåsabadet and it started to pour down. So I had been very lucky at Beijershamn this morning, not one single drop of rain.
Starting to rain on the way to Stenåsabadet
Approaching Stenåsabadet and there was no sign of the rain stopping. And the light, I had hoped for it to improve. I had have to use a crazy ISO speed taking the pictures in Beijershamn this morning. So there is a lot of ISO noise in the pictures.
I didn´t stay long as the weather didn´t showed any sign of improvements any time soon. Back to the car and I turned on the heat. OK, this is it from Öland, I´m off to look for birds in Skåne.
My eBird checklist from Stenåsabadet - 17 May 2019, click HERE
Leaving Stenåsabadet driving towards the bridge to the mainland and it was raining all the time. It is OK, if the sun had started to shine I would have regretted leaving Stenåsabadet. Well, I hope to be able to do some bird watching in Skåne this afternoon.
But on the radi they say that it is pouring down over Skåne so the chances are slim for any more bird watching today.
Approaching the bridge to the mainland
Approaching the bridge to the mainland
Maintenance work on the bridge
Almost back on the mainland
BOOM! And I had left Öland and the bridge behind driving south towards Skåne. And it was gloom and grey for long as I could see. So I decided to give up on the bird watching and go to visit my brother instead. So I will stop to buy bird feeders and bird food to feed the birds in his neighbourhood.
But it was not easy to find a place and I decided to wait until coming to Väla or Hyllinge shopping centres. It was, well for sure no sunshine coming to Skåne and I really hope it will be better tomorrow or a another birding day wasted.
I managed to find some bird feeders but no food. “We only sell food in the winter” So I had to go to the supermarket and buy pet bird food. Well should be good enough.
At my brothers and my nephews helped me with the bird feeders and now we just wait for the birds to come. It was a very quick stop as I have to drive back across Skåne to Brösarps Gästgifveri AB which will be my bird watching “Head Quarter” for the next two days
It is a beautiful part of Skåne, the SE corner. And I am really looking forward to nice weather and some bird watching. I found Brösarps Gästgifveri AB and I have been here before when I had my tour around Skåne to try different Gästgifverier.
I checked in and I liked my room. Desk, but no fridge but I like my Pepsi MAX at room temperature so I will survive for 2 nights here before driving along for new bird watching adventures.
A sofa that I will never use
I tried to get dinner at the restaurant but they told me that I had to book a table. Well, no thanks. And the table were so close together it would be like sitting in each other´s laps. So I had oatmeal and tea in my room.
I was delirious with anticipation when I went to bed expecting to see a lot of birds at Äspet tomorrow. And we can look forward to the next Bird Watching Trip Report. Can be found HERE when it is ready.