Birding/ Bird watching on Öland



Sunday 25th of April 2021 and I drove to Beijershamn and I started my eBird app at 08:28. I spotted two Marsh Harriers hunting low over the reeds when I drove to the parking area.

I parked the car close to the nesting box where the Collared Flysnapper nested last time I was here. The parking was empty but one car arrived after me.

I spoke with them as they had come to look for birds as well. They told me that the Collared Flysnapper had nested there last year as well. So maybe they are nesting in the box every year.

Western Marsh Harrier
Western Marsh Harrier

But the flysnappers have not arrived to Sweden yet. Maybe I will get lucky and I will see the bird before I go home next Sunday.

I have two Eurasian Treecreeper landing next to the car before I have even got out of the car. I got out of the car and I spend time trying to get pictures of the Treecreepers.

Eurasian Treecreeper or Common Treecreeper, Certhia familiaris, Trädkrypare

Eurasian Treecreeper or Common Treecreeper, Certhia familiaris, Trädkrypare
Eurasian Treecreeper / Trädkrypare

Eurasian Treecreeper or Common Treecreeper, Certhia familiaris, Trädkrypare
Eurasian Treecreeper / Trädkrypare



Great Tit, Parus major, चिचिल्कोटे, Talgoxe

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I left the Treecreeper and I walked in to the forest to look for the Longtailed Tit, the bird I really wanted to see. I only seen it once before and that was here in Beijershamn 2 or 3 years ago. And yes, it is a gorgeous bird.

I played a recorded bird sound and the first Longtailed Tit showed up, but it was very hard to get any good pictures as the bird never sat still for more than a second.

Long-tailed Tit or Long-tailed bushtit, Aegithalos caudatus, Stjärtmes, Silver-throated Tit or Silver-throated dasher

Long-tailed Tit or Long-tailed bushtit, Aegithalos caudatus, Stjärtmes, Silver-throated Tit or Silver-throated dasher
Long-tailed Tit / Stjärtmes

Long-tailed Tit or Long-tailed bushtit, Aegithalos caudatus, Stjärtmes, Silver-throated Tit or Silver-throated dasher
Long-tailed Tit / Stjärtmes

Listen to the Chaffinch

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Bird watching on Öland - Beijershamn
It is a gorgeous morning

Bird watching on Öland - Beijershamn
Bird watching tower on the beach

Bird watching on Öland - Beijershamn
It is a gorgeous morning

Bird watching on Öland - Beijershamn
The water front

Bird watching on Öland - Beijershamn
We can see Kalmar and the bridge from Beijershamn

Bird watching on Öland - Beijershamn
Common Ringed Plover and Eurasian/Green-winged Teal

Bird watching on Öland - Beijershamn
Redshank

Bird watching on Öland - Beijershamn
Yellow Wagtail

I walk back to the parking and now the parking area is full. I had met a lot of people in the forest. I walked past the car and I continued down to the water front to look for birds.

There are many Barnacle Gooses and I also see the Redshanks walking around looking for food on the mud flats together with some Common Ringed Plovers. I also spot one Yellow Wagtail so the spring is in progress. A saw plenty of them on Cyprus just a month ago, the trees was looking like Lemon trees with all the yellow birds. And now they have reached Sweden.

Bird watching on Öland - Beijershamn
Redshank

Bird watching on Öland - Beijershamn
Redshank

Bird watching on Öland - Beijershamn
Today's track at Beijershamn

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Beijershamn, Kalmar län [SE-08], SE
Apr 25, 2021 08:28 - 11:11
Protocol: Traveling
5.46 kilometer(s)
23 species

Greylag Goose 4
Barnacle Goose 50
Canada Goose 4
Common Shelduck 5
Mallard 2
Eurasian/Green-winged Teal 5
Common Woodpigeon 7
Northern Lapwing 5
Common Ringed Plover 3
Common Redshank 6
Black-headed Gull 4
Western Marsh Harrier 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
Eurasian Blue Tit 3
Great Tit 11
Long-tailed Tit 4
Eurasian Treecreeper 2
Common Starling 1
European Robin 2
Western Yellow Wagtail 1
White Wagtail (alba) 4
Common Chaffinch 4
European Greenfinch 3

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I left Beijershamn and I was happy with the visit to Beijershamn. I left to explore some eBird hotspots and I started with Mysinge hög. Private area so no access and I continued. Next stop was the eBird hotspot Sandby skjutfält--Hålnäsdungen.

I drove along Stenåsavägen towards Sandby skjutfält--Hålnäsdungen. I passed a Northern Wheatear and I stopped to report the bird in my eBird app.

I leave the main road and get up on a dirt track leading to the beach. And I had to drive very slowly as the track is very bad. Some small ponds in the meadow I drive through and I can see Redshanks and gulls. There is at least one Skylark in the meadow.

There are more larks but I cannot ID the birds, but most likely Skylarks.

Bird watching on Öland - Sandby skjutfält--Hålnäsdungen
Gulls in the small dams

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

Eurasian Skylark, Alauda arvensis, Sånglärka
Eurasian Skylark / Sånglärka

Bird watching on Öland - Sandby skjutfält--Hålnäsdungen
Today's track at Sandby skjutfält--Hålnäsdungen

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Sandby skjutfäält--Hålnäsdungen, Kalmar län [SE-08], SE
Apr 25, 2021 12:29 - 12:59
Protocol: Traveling
2.22 kilometer(s)
10 species

Mute Swan 1
Common Shelduck 4
Northern Lapwing 2
Common Redshank 3
Black-headed Gull 6
Common Gull 4
Herring Gull 1
Eurasian Skylark 1
Common Starling 2
Northern Wheatear 4 Fighting

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I leave the eBird hotspot: Sandby skjutfält--Hålnäsdungen and I drive north towards the next birding site “Böda Hamn” I check eBird.net before leaving and there is two eBird hotspots on the way to Böda Hamn. So I stop there on the way to see if I spot any birds.

First stop is the eBird hotspot: Bläsinge

The other hotspot was Blasinge Harbor and there were birds, but nothing I had not seen before and I left for Böda Hamn further up north. I had seen Ruffs there last time I was on Öland. And it was Ruffs I wanted to see.

But no Ruffs and I only got pictures of a Wagtail and one Northern Wheatear.

Bird watching on Öland - Böda Hamn
Wagtail

Bird watching on Öland - Böda Hamn
Northern Wheatear

Bird watching on Öland - Böda Hamn
Today's track at Böda Hamn

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Böda hamn, Kalmar län [SE-08], SE
Apr 25, 2021 15:17 - 15:44
Protocol: Traveling
1.07 kilometer(s)
18 species

Greylag Goose 4
Barnacle Goose 3
Mute Swan 2
Common Shelduck 5
Mallard 1
Eurasian Oystercatcher 2
Common Ringed Plover 1
Common Redshank 2
Black-headed Gull 4
Common Gull 3
Great Cormorant 25
Grey Heron 2
Common Magpie 2
Hooded Crow 1
Common Starling 6
Northern Wheatear 3
White Wagtail (alba) 6
European Greenfinch 2

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I leave Böda Hamn driving south towards my Hotel in Färjestaden. I stop at the Supermarket to buy picnic lunch for the next 4 days. I will drive to Trollskogen tomorrow morning to have a look for the Common Firecrest.

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Monday 26th of April 2021
and I leave the hotel at 6 thirty and I leave Färjestaden driving north towards Trollskogen. I pass the eBird hotspot “Färjestadens dämme” I see a Grey Heron and I make a U-turn to get back to see if I can get a picture.

No picture but I reported the bird in my eBird app before I continued north. Approaching Trollskogen and I decided to check out Böda Hamn just south of Trollskogen. I have not given up on the Ruffs. I start in the marina and I only got one picture, Oystercatcher.

I leave the marina and I drive north for a few hundred meters and I take off to a dust track. At the end of the track I reach a small boat place with one berth. So this might be the old fishing berth, hundreds of years old. But not so many birds and I left the area

Bird watching on Öland - Böda Hamn
Oystercatcher

Bird watching on Öland - Böda Hamn
Chaffinch on the way to the old fishing berth

Bird watching on Öland - Böda Hamn
Chaffinch on the way to the old fishing berth

Bird watching on Öland - Böda Hamn
Today's track at Böda Hamn

Bird watching on Öland - Böda Hamn
Today's track at Böda Hamn - 2nd track north of the marina

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Böda hamn, Kalmar län [SE-08], SE
Apr 26, 2021 08:06 - 08:22
Protocol: Traveling
1.25 kilometer(s)
17 species

Greylag Goose 14
Barnacle Goose 2
Canada Goose 1
Mute Swan 2
Common Shelduck 3
Common Eider 11
Common Woodpigeon 2
Eurasian Oystercatcher 2 Looks to be sitting on nest
Northern Lapwing 1
Black-headed Gull 4
Common Gull 4
Great Cormorant 27
Common Magpie 1
Hooded Crow 1
Common Starling 2
Eurasian Blackbird 1
White Wagtail (alba) 4

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Böda hamn, Kalmar län [SE-08], SE
Apr 26, 2021 08:26 - 08:50
Protocol: Traveling
2.04 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: 2nd track just north of the marina
10 species

Mute Swan 36
Common Shelduck 2
Gadwall 1
Northern Lapwing 6
Common Redshank 2
Common Starling 3
Eurasian Blackbird 1
Meadow Pipit 1
White Wagtail (alba) 7
Common Chaffinch 1

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I continue to Trollskogen and I pass a Mistle Thrush a few minutes before reaching Trollskogen. I stop to try to get a picture and to report the bird in my eBird app.

Bird watching on Öland
Mistle Thrush

Bird watching on Öland
Mistle Thrush

I park the car at Naturum, Trollskogen and I walk in to the forest where they have arranged a few colour coded tracks through the forest. The first bird I see is a White Wagtail at the parking. I spot a Blackbird when I come in to the forest.

There are all the normal birds. I spotted two Woodpeckers and a couple of the Goldcrests. I was very happy to see the Goldcrest but I was disappointed with the Firecrest. Maybe a little too early and I will be back in a couple of days to see if the Firecrests have arrived.

They have been sighted in the south of Öland so they might be here up north in a few days.

Bird watching on Öland - Trollskogen
Walking through the forest

Bird watching on Öland - Trollskogen
Walking through the forest

Bird watching on Öland - Trollskogen
Walking through the forest

Bird watching on Öland - Trollskogen
Walking through the forest

Bird watching on Öland - Trollskogen
Blackbird

Goldcrest, Regulus regulus, Kungsfågel
Goldcrest / Kungsfågel

Goldcrest, Regulus regulus, Kungsfågel
Goldcrest / Kungsfågel

Goldcrest, Regulus regulus, Kungsfågel
Goldcrest / Kungsfågel

Goldcrest, Regulus regulus, Kungsfågel
Goldcrest / Kungsfågel

Bird watching on Öland - Trollskogen
Excellent picnic

Bird watching on Öland - Trollskogen
Excellent picnic

Bird watching on Öland - Trollskogen
Today's track at Trollskogen

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Trollskogen, Kalmar län [SE-08], SE
Apr 26, 2021 09:28 - 11:48
Protocol: Traveling
2.51 kilometer(s)
8 species

Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
Great Tit 2
Goldcrest 3
Eurasian Treecreeper 1
Eurasian Blackbird 2
European Robin 2
White Wagtail (alba) 1
Common Chaffinch 5

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Out of the forest and I am back at Naturum and the picnic area. There are two ladies having their picnic at one of the tables and I go to take my picnic in the car. I enjoy my picnic. Roast with potato salad and I really enjoyed the picnic

I leave Naturum driving south through Trollskogen and I spot four Grey Herons in a small pond in the wetland. I never got any pictures but I reported 3 out of 4 birds to eBird. I only reported 3 of them as I was only 99% sure about the last bird.

They took off when I stopped the car next to the road.

Bird watching on Öland - Trollskogen
Driving south

I had checked eBird for hotspots and there is a few south of Trollskogen and the first one was “Lykesand” and that turned out to be a waste of time. So I continued further south as there is another eBird hotspot I have not visited before.

Södra Holm is located south of the eBird hotspot “Lykesand” About 1 hour with car and I started my eBird app at 14:37 when I drive down to the coast line at Södra Holm. The dirt track was in very poor condition but I made it.

Plenty birds but too far away for any pictures. Put I spotted the beautiful Pied Avocet, two of them but no pictures.

Bird watching on Öland - Södra Holm
Today's track at Södra Holm

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Södra Holm, Kalmar län [SE-08], SE
Apr 26, 2021 14:37 - 15:26
Protocol: Traveling
3.04 kilometer(s)
13 species

Common Shelduck 1
Common Woodpigeon 1
Pied Avocet 2
Eurasian Oystercatcher 2
Northern Lapwing 3
Common Redshank 3
Black-headed Gull 5
Hooded Crow 1
Great Tit 3
Common Starling 100 100 ++
Eurasian Blackbird 2
White Wagtail (alba) 2
Common Linnet 5

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I left Södra Holm and I stopped after a few hundred meters. About 30 Linnets in the sand field. I tried to take some pictures without any luck, but I reported the birds in my eBird app before I left. Driving south towards my hotel and I made one more stop.

eBird hotspot Hallnäs udde, a hotspot I had never visited so I wanted to check it out. I spot a very beautiful Ruff, very close and I got several pictures. No good pictures and they went straight to the garbage bin.

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Tuesday 27th of April 2021
and I drive to Ölands Södra Udde and I start my eBird app at 07:24. I drive slowly from the gate down to the light house looking for birds on the way. There are plenty gooses and seabirds when I approach the light house.

There are many Lapwings along the road as well. So drive slowly and enjoy the sights. Reaching the light house and the bird station and I park the car.

Bird watching on Öland - Ölands Södra Udde
Common Ringed Plover along the road to the light house

Bird watching on Öland - Ölands Södra Udde
Common Ringed Plover along the road to the light house

Bird watching on Öland - Ölands Södra Udde
Herring and Black-heade gulls

Bird watching on Öland - Ölands Södra Udde
Approaching the light house on Ölands Södra Udde

I spotted an Eagle flying over the light house when I drove down towards the light house but looking at the bird in front of the sun and it was all dark so not possible to ID.

After parking the car I walked down to the light house and I could see the eagle sitting on a big rock down at the water front.

Still only black as the bird was between me and the sun. I need to see the tail, if it is a white tail it is a White-tailed Eagle. Looking at the bird and suddenly it took off and I tried to get some pictures for ID purpose.

Bird watching on Öland - Ölands Södra Udde
White-tailed Eagle with 2 Shelducks

Bird watching on Öland - Ölands Södra Udde
White-tailed Eagle taking off

Bird watching on Öland - Ölands Södra Udde
There were plenty Robins around the light house

House sparrow, Passer domesticus, Gråsparv, นกกระจอกใหญ่

House sparrow, Passer domesticus, Gråsparv, นกกระจอกใหญ่
House sparrow / Gråsparv

Bird watching on Öland - Ölands Södra Udde
There were plenty Robins around the light house

Bird watching on Öland - Ölands Södra Udde
Today's track at Ölands Södra Udde

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Ottenby--södra udde, Kalmar län [SE-08], SE
Apr 27, 2021 07:23 - 08:52
Protocol: Traveling
4.43 kilometer(s)
19 species

Barnacle Goose 100 100 ++ take off in one group
Mute Swan 12
Common Woodpigeon 2
Eurasian Oystercatcher 4
Northern Lapwing 17
Common Ringed Plover 3
Common Redshank 3 Make sound like breeding call and show raised wings like display
Herring Gull 2
White-tailed Eagle 1
Hooded Crow 1
Eurasian Wren 1
Common Starling 25
Eurasian Blackbird 1
European Robin 7
Northern Wheatear 9
House Sparrow 7
White Wagtail (alba) 4 One of them look like flirthing with Northern Wheatear
Common Chaffinch 1
Yellowhammer 2

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I need to call my bank and also to extend my rental car contract so I drove back to my hotel where I had my breakfast. First breakfast at the hotel since I arrived this time. It was very good breakfast and I was full when I went to my room.

I finished all my “IMPORTANT” business and I was back in my car starting to drive north. My plan is to drive to the light house at the eBird hotspot: Ölands Norra Udde. The northern most tip of Öland. So that means that I have visited both of the light houses on Öland. The southernmost and northernmost tips of Öland.

I make a stop to fill up the car with gas and as they sell the best ice cream in the world I take the opportunity.

Bird watching on Öland
Time for Engelholms glass

Bird watching on Öland
Approaching the light house on Ölands Norra Udde

Bird watching on Öland
Walking around the light house on Ölands Norra Udde

There is not many birds around the area. The only pictures I got was of a beautiful Blue Tit. And the weather was not very nice so I walked back to the car. There was another couple looking for birds, otherwise I was alone in the area.

Well, I will not bother to come back here again, at least not this time on Öland. But I will come back to Trollskogen next door to look for the Firecrest.

Eurasian Blue Tit, Cyanistes caeruleus, Blåmes
Eurasian Blue Tit/ Blåmes

Eurasian Blue Tit, Cyanistes caeruleus, Blåmes
Eurasian Blue Tit/ Blåmes

Bird watching on Öland - Ölands Norra Udde
Today's track at Ölands Norra Udde

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Ölands Norra Udde, Kalmar län [SE-08], SE
Apr 27, 2021 13:58 - 14:54
Protocol: Traveling
0.99 kilometer(s)
11 species

Mute Swan 3
Mallard 2
Tufted Duck 15
Black-headed Gull 7
Common Gull 2
Common Tern 1
Hooded Crow 4
Eurasian Blue Tit 1
Great Tit 4
White Wagtail (alba) 1
Common Chaffinch 3

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I start to drive back south towards my hotel in Färjestaden. I have checked eBird and there is another eBird hotspot I have never visited before. So I will visit this hotpot on the way to the hotel. But first a stop at Böda Hamn to have a look if there is any Ruffs.

No Ruffs, but the Oystercatcher is laying on the same spot so I guess they have a nest

Bird watching on Öland - Böda Hamn
Eurasian Oystercatcher

Bird watching on Öland - Böda Hamn
Today's track at Böda Hamn

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Böda hamn, Kalmar län [SE-08], SE
Apr 27, 2021 15:19 - 15:30
Protocol: Traveling
1.01 kilometer(s)
10 species

Greylag Goose 7 2 adult 5 babies
Barnacle Goose 2
Mute Swan 3
Common Shelduck 5
Eurasian Oystercatcher 2
Black-headed Gull 4
Common Gull 1
Hooded Crow 1
Common Starling 2
White Wagtail (alba) 1

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I continue south towards the eBird hotspot: Kårehamn and there is not many birds around, one Grey Heron is the most exciting bird at the hotspot. A couple of Tufted Ducks and not much more, but now I have visited this hotspot as well.

Bird watching on Öland - Kårehamn
Tufted Duck

Grey Heron, Gråhäger, Ardea cinerea, นกกระสานวล, アオサギ

Bird watching on Öland - Kårehamn
Today's track at Kårehamn


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Kårehamn, Kalmar län [SE-08], SE
Apr 27, 2021 16:00 - 16:17
Protocol: Traveling
1.33 kilometer(s)
7 species

Barnacle Goose 2
Mute Swan 5
Common Shelduck 2
Tufted Duck 6
Common Woodpigeon 1
Black-headed Gull 5
Grey Heron 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S86484134

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Wednesday 28th of April 2021
and I will start looking for birds at Stenåsbadet and I will work my way south on the east side of Öland. And I will finish the day at the southern most eBird hotspot on Ölands Södra Udde.

I started my eBird app at Stenåsabadet at 07:45. This is the place to see the Eurasian Curlew and they are seen along the dirt track down to the camping area. But they are very scared and it is next to impossible to get close enough for good pictures.

But there is plenty other birds in the fields so it is quite nice to drive the stretch between the road and the camping site.

Northern Wheatear, Oenanthe oenanthe, Stenskvätta

Northern Wheatear, Oenanthe oenanthe, Stenskvätta
Northern Wheatear / Stenskvätta

Bird watching on Öland - Stenåsbadet
Eurasian Curlew

Bird watching on Öland - Stenåsbadet
Eurasian Curlew

Bird watching on Öland - Stenåsbadet
Today's track at Stenåsbadet

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Stenåsabadet, Kalmar län [SE-08], SE
Apr 28, 2021 07:45 - 08:58
Protocol: Traveling
2.53 kilometer(s)
16 species

Mute Swan 1
Common Shelduck 2
Mallard 5
Common Woodpigeon 9
Eurasian Oystercatcher 1
Northern Lapwing 20
Common Ringed Plover 1
Eurasian Curlew 8
Common Redshank 20
Black-headed Gull 1
Common Magpie 1
Hooded Crow 1
Great Tit 2
Eurasian Skylark 2
European Robin 2
Northern Wheatear 7

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S86545610

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Leaving Stenåsabadet and I turn south toward eBird hotspot “Sebybadet” just a little south of Stenåsabadet and I start the eBird app about 30 minutes later at 09:39

Not so many birds, but as I was hungry I decided to have my picnic breakfast. I had not been eating for 5 hours so I was hungry. So I put up my picnic set water front and I enjoyed the food while looking at the birds.

Bird watching on Öland - Sebybadet
Today's track at Sebybadet

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Sebybadet, Kalmar län [SE-08], SE
Apr 28, 2021 09:39 - 10:19
Protocol: Traveling
1.02 kilometer(s)
8 species

Mute Swan 4
Common Shelduck 1
Northern Lapwing 6
Common Redshank 3
Hooded Crow 1
Great Tit 1
Eurasian Skylark 4
Common Starling 7

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S86546502

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Next eBird hotspot south of Sebybadet is Gräsgårds hamn just a few minutes away. I turned on my eBird app half way down the dirt track between the road and the small fishing harbour at the end of the track.

I discovered 4 ruffs at the end of the field west of the harbour. There are huge groups of Barnacle Gooses flying north over the sea just outside the harbour.

Bird watching on Öland - Gräsgårds hamn
Ruffs on the field

Bird watching on Öland - Gräsgårds hamn
Barnacle Gooses flying north

Bird watching on Öland - Gräsgårds hamn
Barnacle Gooses flying north

Bird watching on Öland - Gräsgårds hamn
Today's track at Gräsgårds hamn

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Grösgårds hamn, Kalmar län [SE-08], SE
Apr 28, 2021 10:33 - 10:50
Protocol: Traveling
0.9 kilometer(s)
12 species

Greylag Goose 8
Barnacle Goose 1000 Huge groups flying north over the small harbour
Mute Swan 3
Common Woodpigeon 2
Eurasian Oystercatcher 3 Looks to be sitting on nest
Northern Lapwing 4
Ruff 4
Eurasian Skylark 1
Common Starling 3
European Robin 2
Eurasian Tree Sparrow 1
White Wagtail (alba) 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S86546984

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Back on the road and I turn left towards south. Next hotspot is “Ottenby--södra udde” at Ölands Södra Udde. I drive for a while and suddenly, next to the road, a pair of Grey Partridges. I have seen many of them, but they are extremely scared.

So I was surprised when they stayed when I had stopped the car.

I continued towards Ölands Södra Udde and it did not take long before I spotted another pair of Grey Partridge. I put the car in reverse and again, I am surprised when the birds stay. Well, one of them took cover in the field, but one remaining and I took pictures.

Grey Partridge, Perdix perdix, Rapphöna

Grey Partridge, Perdix perdix, Rapphöna
Grey Partridge / Rapphöna

Grey Partridge, Perdix perdix, Rapphöna
Grey Partridge / Rapphöna

Grey Partridge, Perdix perdix, Rapphöna
Grey Partridge / Rapphöna

I continue towards Ölands Södra Udde, but I stop to call Naturbokhandeln in Stenås. I need a bird guide and I ask if they have any at home. They had books and I turned around and I drove back to Stenås to buy a bird guide.

There are gravel on the road for a few km driving to the book store. I arrive and I am out of the car when a guy ask me if the road is as bad continuing south where I came from. I told him that the road was like this for a couple of km.
“Then I will not continue”
“Where are you going?”
“I go to look for the Ring Ouzel”

He gave me directions and I will go have a look when I have bought the book.

Naturbokhandeln, Öland

Naturbokhandeln, Öland
New bird book from Naturbokhandeln

They had the Svensson, but I already have this book, and it is useless as the pictures are so small so it is impossible to use the pictures, at least for me. They had another book that I did not like, but I bought it as it might grow on me.

A few ice creams and I was on my way south again and I will make my next stop at eBird hotspot: Ottenby--södra udde at Ölands Södra Udde. I started the eBird app at 13:33 and I walked around Naturum and the light house area. I walked to naturum passing the garden with all the nets they have put up to catch the birds.

The bird station at Ölands Södra Udde is one of the very important bird stations in the world. Every year they catch many many birds and they get very important information from rings on the birds having them, putting rings on the birds with no rings and they can follow any changes in the birds from year to year.

As we can easily understand, this information is very important. They can see the bird movement over the globe by the help of the rings, so it is a important job.

The big cages made out of nets, easy to fly in to. And every 30 minutes or so they go in to the cage, clapping their hands running towards the small tunnel and the birds fly in to the tunnel and they catch the birds at the end of the tunnel.

Anyway, I go to check out the area behind the restaurant and I can make a recording of one White Wagtail sitting on the roof.

Bird watching on Öland - Ölands Södra Udde
Skylark

Bird watching on Öland - Ölands Södra Udde
Robin

Bird watching on Öland - Ölands Södra Udde
Northern Shovelers

I was very thirsty and I was lucky, the restaurant was open. So I bought two bottles of soda water when I left Ölands Södra Udde. I see birds in the garden and I try yo get pictures, Chiffchaff, Wren and Goldcrests. I talking with bird watchers passing by on their way to and from the light house.

I get a hot tip about a Common House Martin at the bird station and when I walk back to the car I spot the Common House Martin. And I have seen a couple of Barn Swallows as well, first for me in Sweden for this year. Give it a few days and here will be plenty of the Barn Swallows.

Same with the Chaffinches and Wagtails. In a few weeks these birds are to be the most common birds in Sweden.

Common Wood Pigeon, Columba palumbus, Ringduva

Common Wood Pigeon, Columba palumbus, Ringduva
Common Wood Pigeon / Ringduva

Bird watching on Öland - Ölands Södra Udde
Goldcrest

Bird watching on Öland - Ölands Södra Udde
Barnacle Gooses coming in for landing

Bird watching on Öland - Ölands Södra Udde
Barnacle Gooses coming in for landing

Bird watching on Öland - Ölands Södra Udde
Barnacle Gooses coming in for landing

Bird watching on Öland - Ölands Södra Udde
Barnacle Gooses coming in for landing

Bird watching on Öland - Ölands Södra Udde
Barnacle Gooses coming in for landing

Common Gull, Fiskmås, Larus canus, Mew Gull

Bird watching on Öland - Ölands Södra Udde
Today's track at Ölands Södra Udde

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eBird Report


Ottenby--södra udde, Kalmar län [SE-08], SE
Apr 28, 2021 13:33 - 14:51
Protocol: Traveling
1.83 kilometer(s)
23 species

Barnacle Goose 1000 1000 ++ flying in huge groups
Mute Swan 5
Common Shelduck 100 Taking off in one group
Northern Shoveler 4
Common Woodpigeon 5
Eurasian Oystercatcher 2
Northern Lapwing 7
Common Ringed Plover 3
Common Redshank 3
Black-headed Gull 2
Common Gull 1
Hooded Crow 6
Eurasian Skylark 4
Barn Swallow 6
Common House Martin 1
Common Chiffchaff 1
Goldcrest 5
Eurasian Wren 2
Common Starling 2
European Robin 4
Northern Wheatear 1
White Wagtail (alba) 7
European Goldfinch 3

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S86554752

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

I was also told about the Lesser White-fronted Goose had been reported at “Triberga Mosse” I leave the light house and I go look for “Triberga Mosse” without any luck. I stop at a Pizzeria in Mörbylånga on my way back to the hotel.

No luck with the Ring Ouzel or the White-fronted Goose but I will start the day tomorrow by looking for them again.

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Thursday 29th of April 2021
and I started the day by looking for the Ring Ouzel or the White-fronted Goose at Triberga Mosse before going to Trollskogen as I had planned. Plenty Gooses but no White-fronted Gooses.

I was a little disappointed but I will come back to have another look later on.

But I was very happy to have seen the Greylag Goose babies.

Bird watching on Öland - Triberga Mosse
Plenty Greylag Gooses but no White-fronted Gooses

Bird watching on Öland - Triberga Mosse
Plenty Greylag Gooses but no White-fronted Gooses

Bird watching on Öland - Triberga Mosse
Triberga Mosse

Bird watching on Öland - Triberga Mosse
Greylag Gooses with babies

Bird watching on Öland - Triberga Mosse
Plenty Greylag Gooses but no White-fronted Gooses

Bird watching on Öland - Triberga Mosse
Today's track at Triberga Mosse

eBird

eBird Report


Triberga Mosse, Kalmar län [SE-08], SE
Apr 29, 2021 07:10 - 07:47
Protocol: Traveling
0.76 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Coming here to look for the White-fronted Goose
12 species

Greylag Goose 25 One pair with 5 babies
Mute Swan 2
Common Shelduck 17
Mallard 3
Tufted Duck 7
Common Woodpigeon 1
Eurasian Coot 3
Black-headed Gull X Many
Eurasian Jackdaw 3
Barn Swallow 3
Common Starling 10
White Wagtail (alba) 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S86622692

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

I drove towards Trollskogen but I was tired and I made a U-turn in Borgholm and I drove back to the hotel and I slept for one hour before getting out of bed again. I decided to skip Trollskogen today and I drove to Beijershamn to have a look before continuing south to look for birds.

I checked the nest box but no sign of any Collared Flycatcher. I walk up in the forest to see if I can find any exciting birds. I leave the car behind when a Great Tit comes to say hello. The bird did not say hello long enough so no good pictures.

I walk along the path through the forest and suddenly I have another Long-tailed Tit that came to say hello. I managed to get two pictures of the bird

Long-tailed Tit or Long-tailed bushtit, Aegithalos caudatus, Stjärtmes, Silver-throated Tit or Silver-throated dasher

Long-tailed Tit or Long-tailed bushtit, Aegithalos caudatus, Stjärtmes, Silver-throated Tit or Silver-throated dasher
Long-tailed Tit / Stjärtmes

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Dryobates minor, Mindre Hackspett

European Pied Flycatcher, Ficedula hypoleuca, Svartvit flugsnappare

European Pied Flycatcher, Ficedula hypoleuca, Svartvit flugsnappare
Male European Pied Flycatcher / Svartvit flugsnappare

I walked back to the car and I was happy to have seen the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and the Flycatcher. Approaching the parking and I see my second Nuthatch. The bird sticking out the head from one of the nest boxes at the parking.

The bird take off but now I know that there are at least one couple of Nuthatches nesting at the parking area. I would like to be here to see the babies, but by then I will be far away.

I also checked the nest box where the Collared Flycatcher nested last time I was here. The box looked empty and I got in to the car and I left Beijershamn.

Bird watching on Öland - Södra Beijershamn
Today's track at Södra Beijershamn

eBird

eBird Report


Södra Beijershamn, Kalmar län [SE-08], SE
Apr 29, 2021 13:29 - 14:58
Protocol: Traveling
1.52 kilometer(s)
12 species

Greylag Goose 5
Common Woodpigeon 4
Grey Heron 1
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker 1
Hooded Crow 2
Great Tit 6
Barn Swallow 1
Long-tailed Tit 2
Eurasian Nuthatch 2 In a nest box
Eurasian Blackbird 1
European Pied Flycatcher 1
Common Chaffinch 9

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S86633373

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

I left Beijershamn and I continued south to visit the eBird hotspot “Ventlinge badplats”. I stopped when I passed the Bredinge / Lilla Dalby fields to get a picture of a Pheasant in the field.

I was surprised, pleasantly surprised as the bird just stood there and I could get a picture. Otherwise the Pheasants are very scared and takes off when I stop the car.

Common Pheasant, Phasianus colchicus, Fasan

Common Pheasant, Phasianus colchicus, Fasan
Male Common Pheasant / Fasan

I get the picture and I continue towards south and reaching the golf course I turned right and I drove 200 meter and I reached the beach. Turning right again and I drove slowly along the beach. I see two dead swans a couple of hundred meters between them. They looked like they had been there for a long time. But there was two swans alive and they looked to be a couple.

I met a guy that was here to look for the Collared Flycatcher as it had been reported here yesterday. The weather was gloom and grey for long as I could see and I was soon having an annoying drizzle.

Bird watching on Öland - Ventlinge badplats
Oystercatcher

Bird watching on Öland - Ventlinge badplats
Common Sandpiper

Bird watching on Öland - Ventlinge badplats
Common Sandpiper

Bird watching on Öland - Ventlinge badplats
Common Sandpiper

Bird watching on Öland - Ventlinge badplats
A Gadwalls couple

Bird watching on Öland - Ventlinge badplats
A Gadwalls couple

I continue along the dirt track until I reached a gate and I turned around and drove back again. I continued straight passing the golf course. I had my evening meal picnic at “Ventlinge badplats”

I enjoyed my picnic inside the car as the weather didn't allow me to get outside. But the food was good and I enjoyed looking at the birds while having my picnic in the car.

Bird watching on Öland - Ventlinge badplats
Evening picnic at Ventlinge badplats

Bird watching on Öland - Ventlinge badplats
Gloom and grey for long as I could see outside the car

Bird watching on Öland - Ventlinge badplats
Evening picnic at Ventlinge badplats

Bird watching on Öland - Ventlinge badplats
Today's track at Ventlinge badplats

eBird

eBird Report


Ventlinge badplats, Kalmar län [SE-08], SE
Apr 29, 2021 15:55 - 16:58
Protocol: Traveling
4.28 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: There was two dead Mute Swans on the beach a few hundred meters apart
15 species

Mute Swan 2 There were also two dead Mute Swans on the beach a few hundred meters apart. Looks to have been there for quite a while.
Common Shelduck 13
Gadwall 2
Mallard 6
Eurasian Oystercatcher 3
Common Ringed Plover 4
Common Sandpiper 2
Common Redshank 7
Black-headed Gull 2
Herring Gull (European) 1
Great Cormorant 9
Hooded Crow 3
European Robin 1
White Wagtail (alba) 5
Common Chaffinch 7

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S86643387

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

I leave “Ventlinge badplats” and I have one more eBird hotspot to do before going back to my hotel. eBird hotspot “Grönhögendammen” is just a little south from “Ventlinge badplats”

eBird hotspot “Ventlinge badplats” is located on the north side of the golf course and “Grönhögendammen” is located on the south side.

Leaving the road getting up on the track towards Grönhögendammen and I see a Mute swan fighting with a Canada Goose couple. I see some birds and I try to get pictures of the Lesser Black-backed Gull but they are too far away.

Bird watching on Öland - Grönhögendammen
Eider, Gulls and an Oystercatcher

Bird watching on Öland - Grönhögendammen
Lesser Black-backed Gull

Bird watching on Öland - Grönhögendammen
Today's track at Grönhögendammen

eBird

eBird Report


Grönhögendammen, Kalmar län [SE-08], SE
Apr 29, 2021 17:04 - 17:20
Protocol: Traveling
1.3 kilometer(s)
14 species

Canada Goose 2
Mute Swan 1 Fight with Canada goose
Tufted Duck 25
Common Eider 1 One lonely female
Feral Pigeon 3
Common Woodpigeon 1
Eurasian Oystercatcher 1
Black-headed Gull 19
Common Gull 5
Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
Great Cormorant 1
Eurasian Jackdaw 2
Eurasian Blackbird 1
White Wagtail (alba) 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S86645381

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

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Friday 30th of April 2021
and I got away late as I did not feel like a million when I woke up. So I stayed in my room to around 8 o'clock when I left better. I left Färjestaden bound for Trollskogen with one planned birding stop on the way to Trollskogen.

So first stop is the eBird hotspot “Bruddesta” about half way to Trollskogen.

I took off the main road and I drove down to the coast and I drive along the coast about 30 meters or so above the sea level.

Bird watching on Öland - Bruddesta
A beautiful area

Bird watching on Öland - Bruddesta
A beautiful area

Eurasian Skylark, Alauda arvensis, Sånglärka

Eurasian Skylark, Alauda arvensis, Sånglärka
Eurasian Skylark / Sånglärka

Eurasian Skylark, Alauda arvensis, Sånglärka
Eurasian Skylark / Sånglärka

Common Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Charadrius hiaticula, Större Strandpipare

Common Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Charadrius hiaticula, Större Strandpipare
Common Ringed Plover / Större Strandpipare

Common Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Charadrius hiaticula, Större Strandpipare
Common Ringed Plover / Större Strandpipare

White Wagtail, Motacilla alba, Sädesärla

There was a lot of birds and I was especially happy to get pictures of the Common Ringed Plover, a bird I have not got on any pictures. There were many White Wagtails and Northern Wheatears in the area. Of course, hard to get close for good pictures.

I also spotted Barn Swallows so the spring is well in progress even though it is cold and windy.

Common Linnet, Linaria cannabina, Hämpling

Common Linnet, Linaria cannabina, Hämpling
Common Linnet / Hämpling

There were also Common Linnets in the area, a beautiful but very scared bird. So I was very happy over a couple of bad pictures. But better than nothing and I kept the pictures.

So I was happy that I had decided to stop here on my way to Trollskogen.

Bird watching on Öland - Bruddesta
Today's track at Bruddesta

eBird

eBird Report


Bruddesta, Kalmar län [SE-08], SE
Apr 30, 2021 08:57 - 10:00
Protocol: Traveling
3.88 kilometer(s)
10 species

Common Shelduck 1
Common Ringed Plover 2
Black-headed Gull 4
Common Gull 1
Eurasian Skylark 3
Barn Swallow 7
Eurasian Blackbird 3
Northern Wheatear 13
White Wagtail (alba) 11
Common Linnet 3

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S86699874

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

I left Bruddesta and I drove east toward the main road. Road #136 is the main road going from south to north on the island. Reaching road #136 and there was a Buzzard sitting next to the road. I made yet another U-turn, I have made a lot of U-turns here because of Birds of prey along the road.

I stop coming back after the U-turn. The bird takes off just as I stop and I take a picture. Not very good, but I was happy with the picture.

Common Buzzard, Buteo buteo, Ormvråk

I make another U-turn and drive back towards Trollskogen. Reaching Naturum at Trollskogen and I park the car and I get in to the forest to look for birds. I was almost alone in the forest so this was good, no there people.

I was really alone as there were almost no birds to be seen in the forest.

I was looking for the Firecrest but I could only spot a few Goldcrests.

Bird watching on Öland - Trollskogen
Robin

Bird watching on Öland - Trollskogen
Goldcrest

Bird watching on Öland - Trollskogen
Today's track at Trollskogen

eBird

eBird Report


Trollskogen, Kalmar län [SE-08], SE
Apr 30, 2021 11:07 - 13:27
Protocol: Traveling
3.43 kilometer(s)
5 species

Goldcrest 2
Eurasian Treecreeper 1
Eurasian Blackbird 1
European Robin 2
Common Chaffinch 4

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S86704321

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

I have my picnic lunch when I come out from the forest and it is tasting good as usually. When I am ready with my picnic lunch and I call Naturbokhandeln to ask if they have the photograph gloves. Spring time but it is cold and the fingers are freezing cold.

So I need a pair of warm gloves and I can remove the fingers when it is time to take the pictures.
Naturbokhandeln, Öland
New gloves from Naturbokhandeln

I speak with some of the bird watchers at Naturbokhandeln and they have spotted Black-tailed Godwit further south towards Ölands Södra Udde. I asked around and no one had seen the Whith-fronted Goose or the Ring Ouzel. Two birds I would like to see before leaving Ölands.

I leave the book shop with my new gloves and I start at Stenåsabadet to look for the Eurasian Curlew. I spotted 5 of them, 3 when I turned the car to get back to the road. Approaching the road and I spotted wings turning like a wind mill. I thought it was a Greylag Goose.

But I discovered that it was two Eurasian Curlews making babies. Of course, by the time I had my camera ready they stopped.

Eurasian Curlew, Numenius arquata, Storspov

Eurasian Curlew, Numenius arquata, Storspov
Eurasian Curlew / Storspov

Eurasian Curlew, Numenius arquata, Storspov
Eurasian Curlew / Storspov

Eurasian Curlew, Numenius arquata, Storspov
Eurasian Curlew / Storspov

Eurasian Curlew, Numenius arquata, Storspov
Eurasian Curlew / Storspov

Eurasian Curlew, Numenius arquata, Storspov
Eurasian Curlew / Storspov

I leave Stenåsabadet turning south towards Ölands Södra Udde. I had decided to drive back to the hotel when I am ready at Ölands Södra Udde. I never bother to go out of the car at the light house, just making a U-turn reaching the parking at the light house.

Going back and I spot a Ruff next to the road and I was lucky. The bird was not scared and it continued to look for food while I took a few pictures.

Ruff, Calidris pugnax, Brushane

Ruff, Calidris pugnax, Brushane
Male Ruff / Brushane

Ruff, Calidris pugnax, Brushane
Male Ruff / Brushane

Ruff, Calidris pugnax, Brushane
Male Ruff / Brushane

Ruff, Calidris pugnax, Brushane
Male Ruff / Brushane

Eurasian Curlew, Numenius arquata, Storspov
Oystercatcher

Driving back to the hotel and I called it a day. Well, last day of the month of April and I hope May starts out good, I need plenty birds and better weather. Click HERE to find out!




       
                  
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!

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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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