Birds in Hand II


The Flommen reedbeds, just north of the lighthouse, are also set up with mist nets by the folks at the Falsterbo Fågelstation. Here’s a Grasshopper Warbler (Locustella naevia) they netted just before we visited. Gräshoppsångare is more likely to be heard than seen. This was a first netted example for our guide, Evan, who worked a season here banding birds (the nets are set before sunrise). Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus), sävsångare.All these little dudes head south for the winter, to northern Africa or even further south.These Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra), buskskvätta, fly to central Africa. Female on left, male on right. Unlike the other birds pictured here, we usually saw a couple of these every day.  Like Kestrels, they like to perch on fence posts above meadows.Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus), lövsångare. This might be a good place to note that Old World warblers are not related to New World warblers. So this was an incredible opportunity to get extraordinary good looks at the birds that are generally rather elusive.And subtle! This is a Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus), Rörsångare. The volunteers worked out of one of the tiny, adorable beach houses that line the shore front.

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