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Friday 13th of May 2022 and I pack my luggage before driving to my friend's house to pick them up. We are going to check out Kirkjubøur and we will hopefully Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.st have some luck with the King Eider and the Brent Gooses.

The Brent Gooses are close to the dirt track along the waterfront but as soon as we approach the gooses start to walk away so there was no opportunity to get any good pictures. There was also one Northern Wheatear in the field, but this was way too far away.

We turned around and we drove back to the marina and we went inside the church to have a look.

Bird watching on Faroe Island
The Church in Kirkjubøur

The Wren is sitting on a rood next to the church and it is singing high and I go there to try to get a recording. But the Wren got startled and flew away. There was a stone wall with both House Sparrows and Starlings with nests. I managed to record one Starling.

Listen to the Common Starling

Remarks from the Recordist

Recorded with my ZOOM H5 Handy Recorder. High Pass Filter applied with Audacity.

Starlings and House Sparrows having nests in the same stone wall. This bird sounded like it was a beginner to make sound. Maybe a young bird


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House sparrow, Passer domesticus, Gråsparv, นกกระจอกใหญ่

House sparrow, Passer domesticus, Gråsparv, นกกระจอกใหญ่
Male House sparrow

House sparrow, Passer domesticus, Gråsparv, นกกระจอกใหญ่
Male House sparrow

eBird

eBird Report


Kirkjubøur, Faroe Islands, FO
13 May 2022 09:56 - 10:45
Protocol: Traveling
2.59 kilometer(s)
13 species

Greylag Goose 2
Brent Goose 2 Same as previous days
Whooper Swan 1
Common Eider 7
Rock Dove 3
Eurasian Oystercatcher 6
Whimbrel 2
Lesser Black-backed Gull 11
Hooded Crow 2
Eurasian Wren 1
Common Starling 11 Starlings and House Sparrows having nests in the same stone wall. This bird sounded like it was a beginner to make sound. Maybe a young bird
Northern Wheatear 1
House Sparrow 8 Nests in the same stone wall as the Starlings

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S109846407

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)

The owner of the apartment in Torshavn called just before 11. He told me that check out time was 11 so we left Kirkjubøur. I dropped my friend and his wife and I went to pick up my luggage in the apartment and I left Torshavn for the airport.

I will stop at The Nix to look for birds on the way. The Nix is located just 2 minutes away from Vágar Airport. There was not many birds at The Nix but I tried to get a picture of a Whimbrel.

Whimbrel, Numenius phaeopus, นกอีก๋อยเล็ก
Whimbrel with sheep

Whimbrel, Numenius phaeopus, นกอีก๋อยเล็ก

Bird watching on Faroe Islands
Today's track at The Nix

I will go to have a look for birds at the eBird hotspot: Bøur and I have to drive past the airport. I also have to look for a gas station to fill up the car before I return the rental. There is no gas station and I only saw one Starling at Bøur.

So, I had to drive back passing the airport and it was quite far to drive to the gas station. Driving back to the airport and I returned the keys and I went to check in at the machine. There was a little bit of waiting at the security as they only had one line.

Vágar Airport
Lining up to security at Vágar Airport

Vágar Airport
Waiting to board the flight

I bought a sheep fur in the tax-free shop as a gift, and I already have souvenirs for my nephews and niece that I bought on the ferry to Suðuroy. There was a lot of passengers at the terminal, one flight to Billund departing at 14:30 and our flight to Copenhagen at 15:00.

So, there was nowhere to sit and I went to the gate #2 and I took a seat. There is two gates at Vágar Airport and I hope this is the gate we're going to use. Of course, we have to walk across the tarmac to reach the plane.

There were soon more people coming as they are copy my idea to have a seat while waiting. And we were lucky, we will board through this gate so no need to trot around the airport.

Vágar Airport
Boarding Atlantic Airways flight to Copenhagen

Vágar Airport
Boarding Atlantic Airways flight to Copenhagen

Vágar Airport
Boarding Atlantic Airways flight to Copenhagen

Vágar Airport
Boarding Atlantic Airways flight to Copenhagen

We took off and as I always sit in the aisle I could not see Faroe Islands when we took off. There would have been an opportunity for a good view and beautiful pictures. I bought a 3 Dollar MAX and a sandwich to enjoy during the flight.

We left Faroe Islands at 3 o'clock and we landed in Copenhagen at 7, clocks advanced by an hour so it was a 2-hour flight. And the time passed quickly.

Copenhagen Airport, one of the worst and it was trotting from one end to the other end, town a set of stairs and then trot all the way back to claim my luggage.

I had to wait for quite a while, but I was lucky with the train, it was a couple of minutes late or I would have missed the train.

Kastrup International Airport
Waiting for the luggage

Pågatågen
Changing train in Malmö

Pågatågen
The train is almost empty

I check in to Scandic Helsingborg Nord around 9 o'clock in the evening and I was soon asleep. I will drive to Fanø in Denmark on Monday to attend a 3 days MEDICAL CARE course

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Saturday 14th of May 2022
and I had a wee bit of trouble finding a rental that I could drive to Denmark. But I found a car and I took a taxi to go pick it up.

OKQ8 was 10 minutes away with taxi and I was soon on my way in my rented car. I drove to my brother, his wife have her birthday today and they will have a party, free food. My brother have his birthday tomorrow so there will be a lot of free food here before I go to Denmark.

Rented car in Helsingborg
My rental

Rented car in Helsingborg
My rental

I arrive to my brother and they are busy cooking and I was really hungry, so I brought my youngest nephew and we drove to, I have forgot the name of the village, but they have very good Soft ice creamsoft ice cream. And we have been there a couple of times before so they recognized us when we came to the kiosk.

We started with hot dogs and we got them for a good price. They Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.sthad closed the grill and they were just about to throw them in the garbage when we stopped with the car.

“I saw you stopping so I kept the sausages”

My nephew had his hot dog with bread but I have to think about the blood sugar so I had mine without bread and ketchup. Ketchup is 30% sugar so this is a big NO Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.stNO! We finished the hot dogs and we ordered two of the biggest soft ice cream they had to offer.

Blood sugar, but one ice cream per year is OK, and I only eat the ice cream and the “sugar filled” cone will be given to the birds.

Soft ice cream in Skåne
Time for ice cream

Soft ice cream in Skåne
Time for ice cream

The food was ready when we came back home and now the house was full of guests. I was full, but some BBQ meat went down. When they brought a new box of beers I left. Have to wake up early tomorrow as I will see if there is any birds in Väla Skog.

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Sunday 15th of May 2022
and it is quite late when I leave my hotel. It is just a couple of minutes to drive to Väla Skog and I started my eBird app at 10:50. It was a beautiful day and the forest was full of birds. But it is better earlier in the spring.

Now the trees have a very thick foliage and it is very hard to see the birds.

Bird watching at Väla Skog in Skåne
It is a gorgeous day

Bird watching at Väla Skog in Skåne
Too much leafs to see the birds



eBird

eBird Report


Väla Skog, Skåne län [SE-12], SE
15 May 2022 10:50 - 11:23
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 kilometer(s)
8 species

Common Woodpigeon 5
Common Magpie 1
Hooded Crow 1
Eurasian Blue Tit 1 Thanks to Cedric Mroczko at xeno-canto for ID.
Common Chiffchaff 1 Only a quick glimpse of the bird flying between branches in the thick foliage.

Thank you to Dominique and Ulf for help with the ID. See forum thread: https://xeno-canto.org/forum/topic/50380

Eurasian Blackbird X Heard only
European Pied Flycatcher 1
Common Chaffinch 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S110187504

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)

Bird watching in Skåne
Today's track at Väla Skog

I stop at the eBird hotspot: Rosendals våtmark on the way to my brother. The only exciting thing I see is a Western Marsh Harrier. Otherwise, it is the same birds I always see there.

It is a very beautiful area but it is hard to come close to the lake. Walking, of course, but as soon as I have taken two steps outside the car all the birds will be gone.

eBird

eBird Report


Rosendals våtmark, Skåne län [SE-12], SE
15 May 2022 11:35 - 11:41
Protocol: Traveling
0.86 kilometer(s)
10 species

Greylag Goose 12
Mute Swan 2
Mallard 8
Tufted Duck 2
Northern Lapwing 5
Herring Gull 5
Western Marsh Harrier 1
Common Magpie 1
Hooded Crow 2
Barn Swallow X

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S110188149

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)

Bird watching in Skåne
Today's track at eBird hotspot: Rosendals våtmark

I stop to buy sausages and we fire up the grill when I arrive to my brother's house. Having BBQ every day when in Sweden and I also had cake, only a little but it was good. My niece was happy to blow the candle on the cake.


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Monday 16th of May 2022
and I leave my hotel at 9 driving south on the highway towards Malmö and the bridge to Copenhagen. I have to visit the bank and they open at 10 o'clock and by then I am well positioned to go straight over the bridge to Denmark.

But the first bank in Svedala was closed and I had to drive to Trelleborg and I was delayed because of this. It was full speed from Trelleborg to the bridge to make up some time and in Denmark you have to drive according to the speed limit.

Speeding is very expensive in Denmark and they also take your car so I need to be careful. Anyway, I was not happy to have to make the extra trip to Trelleborg, but I was happy to leave as the bank stuff was fixed.

Öresund bridge
Reaching the Öresund bridge

Öresund bridge
Reaching the Öresund bridge

Öresund bridge
On the Öresund bridge

Öresund bridge
On the Öresund bridge

Öresund bridge
On the Öresund bridge

Öresund bridge
Approaching Peberholm

Peberholm

Peberholm, is a small artificial island in the Danish part of the øresund strait, created as part of the øresund Bridge connecting Denmark with Sweden. Peberholm lies approximately 1 km south of the small natural island of Saltholm (Salt Islet), and was named to complement it. It has an area of 1.3 km2 and belongs to Denmark

Reasons for construction
The reason for constructing the island was to have a crossover point between the tunnel and the bridge.

The tunnel was built since a bridge spanning the entire link between Malmö and Copenhagen would have interfered with obstacle-free zones around Kastrup Airport. Another reason was to provide an opportunity for large ships to pass the Öresund without worrying about the height of the bridge. To make the øresund Bridge higher would interfere with the freight train traffic because a steeper gradient would be needed.

The border between Swedish and Danish railway signalling and railway traffic control is on Peberholm.

I was disappointed as I was not allowed to leave the highway to get out on Peberholm. I had really been looking forward to look for birds on Peberholm but the area is off limits for ordinary people.

I drive past Copenhagen Airport and I continue on the high way # E20 and it is actually the same road all the way from Sweden to the small ferry going to Fanø from Esbjerg. So, it was just to put the cruise control to 2 km/h below maximum speed limit and just to follow the traffic.

I have to cross three bridges to reach Esbjerg and I reached the 2nd bridge around quarter to two in the afternoon.

Great Belt Bridge
Approaching the Great Belt Bridge

Great Belt Bridge
Great Belt Bridge

Great Belt Bridge
Great Belt Bridge

It took me about one hour to reach the third and last bridge from the second bridge. This is the bridge over the Little Belt and now I can actually drive all the way to Siberia without having to cross any seas. I would have been able to drive all the way to South Africa as well, if it had not been for the Suez Canal.

Crossing the Great Belt and there is also a small island I would have like to visit, but again, no access for ordinary people. So, it seems like I am running in to one disappointment after another.

Little Belt Bridge
Approaching the Little Belt Bridge

Little Belt Bridge
Little Belt Bridge

Little Belt Bridge
Little Belt Bridge

Fanø ferry
Ferry approaching

Fanø ferry
Ferry arriving

Fanø ferry
On the ferry

I reached the ferry in Esbjerg at 4 o'clock and I had to wait for the ferry for a couple of minutes and it took 10 to 15 minutes to reach Fanø. Now I had to look for Nørby Kro, this is where we are going to stay during the 3day course.

It was not very hard to find the place and I had soon installed myself in my room. Dinner is served at 18:00 and I met two of the other participants on the course.

Nørby Kro
My room

Nørby Kro
Nørby Kro

Nørby Kro
Nørby Kro

Nørby Kro
Nørby Kro

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Tuesday 17th of May 2022
and I was in the restaurant at 7 o'clock when they started to serve breakfast. I followed one of the others to the school building, he drove ahead of me and I followed in my rental.

Class started at 08:30 and we started the course by giving drop. We did some training with the spine board and it was soon time for lunch.

Medical Care Course on Fanø
Medical Care Course


Time turned really quickly and it was soon 4 o'clock and time to go back to Nørby Kro. I picked up my camera and I drove to the southernmost point of the island Fanø, the village Sønderho. I visited a couple of eBird hotspots before I drove back to Nørby Kro to have dinner at 18:00.

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Wednesday 18th of May 2022
and we start school at 08:30. They have a simulator with dummies connected to computers and we will find out what is wrong with our “patients” So time turned quickly again and it was soon time for lunch.

We will do stitching after lunch so it is a full schedule for these three days. But this is good as the time turns very quickly.

It had been gorgeous weather since I arrived and I was in the garden during the coffee break and I spotted some birds that I reported in eBird.

eBird

eBird Report


Navigationsskolen, Fanø, Region Syddanmark, DK
18 May 2022 13:58 - 14:04
Protocol: Stationary
6 species

Common Woodpigeon 2
Herring Gull 3
Carrion Crow 1
Hooded Crow 1
Common Starling 2
Eurasian Blackbird 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S110553939

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)

Medical Care Course on Fanø
Medical Care Course

We finished at 4 o'clock and I was quickly off to go get my camera. I started at eBird hotspot: Fanø Vesterstrand. The hot spot is a huge, white beach for long as you can see. And you are very welcome to drive on the beach. Good, then I can try to come close to the birds.

I started my eBird app at 16:03 and I started to drive south towards the highest point on Fanø, Pælebjerg. I drive on the sand and I follow the meadow on my left-hand side. On my right-hand side there is sand all the way to the water. But on some places there are meadows on the right-hand side.

Bird watching on Fanø
Driving south on Fanø Vesterstrand

Bird watching on Fanø
Driving south on Fanø Vesterstrand

Hooded Crow, Corvus cornix, Kråka

Hooded Crow, Corvus cornix, Kråka
Hooded Crow

Bird watching on Fanø
Fanø Vesterstrand

Carrion crow, Corvus corone, Kråka

Bird watching on Fanø
Full of activities on Fanø Vesterstrand

Bird watching on Fanø
White sand beach for long as I can see looking south

Bird watching on Fanø
White sand beach for long as I can see looking north

Bird watching on Fanø
Activities on the beach

Bird watching on Fanø
Activities on the beach

Long white sand beach and there was a lot of activities. Wind surfing with wheels and parachutes dragging cars etc. So, a lot of movements and the summer have not yet started. All the people and there was not many birds.

But there was many birds in the meadows so I drove back to the meadows. Northern Wheatears and Pipits, but the only “sea birds” I spotted was two Black-headed Gulls.

The last bird I reported in my eBird app was a White Wagtail. There were three wagtails playing in the sand next to the car.

Black-headed Gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus, Skrattmås

Meadow Pipit, Anthus pratensis, Ängspiplärka

Meadow Pipit, Anthus pratensis, Ängspiplärka
Meadow Pipit

Meadow Pipit, Anthus pratensis, Ängspiplärka
Meadow Pipit

Meadow Pipit, Anthus pratensis, Ängspiplärka
Meadow Pipit

Western Jackdaw, Coloeus monedula, Kaja

Bird watching on Fanø
White Wagtail

eBird

eBird Report


Fanø Vesterstrand, Region Syddanmark, DK
18 May 2022 16:03 - 17:09
Protocol: Traveling
11.06 kilometer(s)
11 species

Black-headed Gull 2
Western Marsh Harrier 1
Common Magpie 1
Eurasian Jackdaw 5
Carrion Crow 2
Hooded Crow 1
Eurasian Skylark 1
Common Starling 7
Northern Wheatear 2
White Wagtail (alba) 5
Meadow Pipit 4 Sitting on top of the vegetation on the beach singing. Not very loud and we hear the wind/ sea in the back ground

Thanks to Cedric Mroczko for help with the ID, see forum: https://xeno-canto.org/forum/topic/50442


View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S110569579

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)

Bird watching on Fanø
Today's track at eBird hotspot: Fanø Vesterstrand

I turned off my eBird app where I had started the app. I restarted the app immediately and I changed to eBird hotspot: Søren Jessens Sand. I run in to a group of gulls first thing. There is a small stream with fresh water going out in the sea. And there was Herring and Lesser Black-backed gulls bathing.

It was a big group of gulls and I counted to 18 gulls. There was also Redshanks in the freshwater and one bird was courting another bird by flapping the wings. But I think the bird got scared when I arrived with the car.

European Herring Gull, Larus argentatus, Gråtrut

Lesser Black-backed Gull, Larus fuscus, Silltrut

Common Redshank, Tringa totanus, Rödbena, นกทะเลขาแดง

Common Redshank, Tringa totanus, Rödbena, นกทะเลขาแดง
Common Redshank

Common Redshank, Tringa totanus, Rödbena, นกทะเลขาแดง
Common Redshank

Common Redshank, Tringa totanus, Rödbena, นกทะเลขาแดง
Common Redshank

There was also one Common Linnet having a bath in the fresh water. It was at least one Common Linnet, but it might have been more. I only spotted one Common Linnet at the time in the bath so I only reported one.

There were also many Northern Lapwings sitting on the ground in the meadows. So maybe they were having nests in the grass.

Common Gull, Fiskmås, Larus canus, Mew Gull

Common Gull, Fiskmås, Larus canus, Mew Gull
Common Gull

Northern Lapwing, Vanellus vanellus, peewit, pewit, tuit, tew-it, green plover, Tofsvipa

Listen to the Northern Lapwing

Remarks from the Recordist

Recorded with my ZOOM H5 Handy Recorder. High Pass Filter applied with Audacity.

Sitting on the ground giving this call


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Common Redshank, Tringa totanus, Rödbena, นกทะเลขาแดง
Common Redshank

Northern Lapwing, Vanellus vanellus, peewit, pewit, tuit, tew-it, green plover, Tofsvipa
Northern Lapwing

eBird

eBird Report


Søren Jessens Sand, Region Syddanmark, DK
18 May 2022 17:10 - 17:47
Protocol: Traveling
6.64 kilometer(s)
14 species

Eurasian Oystercatcher 1
Northern Lapwing 9
Common Redshank 7
Black-headed Gull 10
Common Gull 3
Herring Gull 8
Lesser Black-backed Gull 7
Eurasian Jackdaw 5
Carrion Crow 3
Hooded Crow 1
Barn Swallow 2
Common Starling 2
White Wagtail (alba) 2
Common Linnet 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S110572882

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)

Bird watching on Fanø
Today's track at eBird hotspot: Søren Jessens Sand


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Thursday 19th of May 2022
and the owner of Verada Tour Guest House at the Danube Delta sent me an e-mail in the morning. He was at DHL to send my computer. They had found my laptop at the airport and I got an e-mail about this a week ago.

The owner of Verada Tour Guest House told me that he would help me. He was going to Bucharest on the 19th and he needed some documents that I sent him in order for him to be able to pick up the computer. I got an e-mail that he had sent the computer and that it would reach Sweden tomorrow and that I might have the computer on the 21st.

So I might have to extend my stay to get the computer before flying home. We finished in school quarter to four and I had offered our friend from Ukraine to go with me to Copenhagen. He will fly tomorrow and he will stay they night at a hotel in Copenhagen.

I stopped at a citizen service centre on Fanøbefore we left and I had finally got my NemID in order so I could use my Danish Bank account that I opened a couple of years back.

Well, one month of bird watching in Europe and it is finally time to fly back home. Click HERE to find out if I make it.





       
                  
OK, it has come to my knowledge that we have senior citizens visiting my web page. How hard can it be? So it's not very easy for them to see the blue coloured links to the next page.
Jiffy (also jiff)

noun [in SING.] informal a moment: we'll be back in a jiffy.

ORIGIN late 18th cent.: of unknown origin.

So as you understand, in a jiff pretty much depends on your internet.
So I put a “Next” button here and I hope that there isn't any problem to understand how to use that one. So just CLICK the “Next” button on your left hand side and you will be on the next page in a jiff!

Marunong ka mag-tagalog? Walang problema! Magpunta sa kabilang pahina pindutin ang “NEXT” button sa itaas

Faites vous parlez le français? Pas de problème! Pour arriver à la page suivante faites s'il vous plaît un déclic le bouton “Next” ci-dessus!

Haga usted dice el español? No hay problema! Ver la siguiente página sólo hacer clic el botón “Next” encima!

Farla parla l'italiano? Non problemi! Per vedere la prossima pagina lo scatto per favore giusto Il bottone “Next” sopra

Sprechen sie Deutsch! Kein problem! Wenn Sie die folgende Seite sehen wollen gerade klicken der Knopf “Next” oben!

คุณพูดภาษาไทยได้ไหม ไม่มีปัญหา ถ้าคุณต้องการไปหน้าถัดไป ให้กดปุ่ม “Next” ข้างบนนี้

Вы говорите по-русски? Просто нажмите синюю кнопку "Next" с левой стороны и Вы моментально переместитесь на следующую страницу!

E ni Svenskar och inte förstår Engelska så ska ni skämmas. J och Björn, med det menar jag inte att alla mina stavfel ska ältas varje gång vi träffas.

Flag of Skåne / Skånska flaggan Well, the flag of Skåne, just a BONUS flag.


                                       

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