söndag 15 april 2018

Adder, Bat and spring warmth

Finally a really nice, sunny, calm day, even a bit hot. We went to Asköviken for a traditional spring picnic to enjoy the first Blue Anemones, Butterflies (Brimstone and Small tortoiseshell), look for Adders and birds around the wetland. We only found one adder (male) - less than usual, Marsh Harriers and Ospreys had arrived and the Black-headed Gull colony was loud and lively as it should be. An adult White-tailed Eagle soared just above us for a while and flushed all the Geese on the flooded pasture. The biggest surprise was a largish bat that flew around in broad daylight by the watch-tower. Probably a Common Noctule Bat (Nyctalus noctula) - Större brunfladdermus in swedish.

lördag 10 mars 2018

Three-toed Woodpecker on Björnön

A male Three-toed Woodpecker has been reported infrequently during the winter from the south parts of Björnön (Bear island) nature reserve just outside Västerås. It´s not a regular bird in this (more deciduous) part of the area, but there´s a good infestation of bark beetles here and a good stand of dead or dying spruce trees. Our visitors from Belgium and England got lucky to see it really close feeding low down on trunks. Even I got a few pictures I´m reasonably happy with.

söndag 14 januari 2018

White-backed Wood

A male White-backed Woodpecker is currently residing in Kilsbergen, Narke in central Sweden. It´s the first twitchable bird of it´s species in the area for some years. Most other birds seen down here are from the re-introduction-program and raised in captivity. This bird has no colour-rings (or any rings at all) and is perfectly wild. Subsequently a bit difficult to see as well. I only got lousy pics but they qualify on the birds status alone. 

torsdag 28 december 2017

Christmas Pine Marten

Look who popped in on the Goshawk feeding station on the night of Christmas eve!

Rough-legged Buzzard keeps coming

Our new feeding station for Rough-legged Buzzard (possibly the first of it´s kind?) keeps working fine. This (seemingly) adult female is probably the same bird that held a winter territory on the spot last winter, just as we were building the hide. Yesterday we saw it hover over the grass areas, hunting for voles, after having fed itself lunch from the bait we put out. Since Short-eared Owl was seen the week before, there´s probably some voles around. Great Grey Shrike was seen nearby yesterday as well. Indications for a good winter season. First three pics by Simon Green.

onsdag 20 december 2017

A day in the Goshawk hide

A full day in the Goshawk hide yesterday was very exciting. We first saw a Short-eared Owl as we installed photographer Niclas Ahlberg from Stockholm in the new Rough-legged Buzzard hide. Then we - me and my 23-year-old son Simon Green - put ourselves in the Goshawk hide. Eventually a juvenile female appeared and spent some 40 minutes feeding. A short visit from her mother added to the experience but didn´t produce any pictures. At the end a Pygmy Owl whistled at dusk. A great day to be one of the darkest of the year. Simon got these nice pics of the juv Goshawk.

fredag 15 december 2017

The World´s first feeding station for Rough-legged Buzzard?

Our new feeding station for Rough-legged Buzzards (and photo hide) got a kick-start to the season when swiss photographer Pascal Favre visited us and got some really nice pictures of this beautiful and showy raptor. To our knowledge this might be the only feeding operation for this northern raptor in the world! Welcome to visit Birdsafarisweden in the Black River Valley for some Winter raptor photography! See more of Pascal´s excellent work from his week in sweden on his own webpage http://www.pascalfavre.com/SuèdeSweden/2017/