Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Sweden, June 2016 - coastal Skåne

Despite crappy weather on the available day, Paul, Amity and I managed a few hours enjoyable birding, mostly along the coastal stretch of NW Skåne (west of Ängelholm), and it was great to have a whistlestop tour of what will effectively be Paul's extended patch when he moves out there later in the year. Lots of wader quality, including summer-plumage Spotted Redshanks, Ruff and Wood Sandpipers among many others, plus Hobby, Icterine Warbler, a vocal Thrush Nightingale and various other summer visitors.

It's been a few years since I last saw Paul, during which time I ended my write-up of finding England's first (live) Brünnich's Guillemot with a throwaway comment about Blue Rock Thrush next. Incredibly, just weeks after it was published in the Filey Bird Report, Paul then went and found Sweden's fourth Blue Rock Thrush (and first away from Gotland) in 2014....