Mogan – always good for something

Ruddy Ducks and two Greater White-fronted Geese

Ruddy Ducks and two Greater White-fronted Geese

It has become warmer during the last few days. On the one hand it is nice, but the beautiful icy-clear sunny weather has been replaced by clouds and rain.

Beautiful rufous Long-legged Buzzard

Beautiful rufous Long-legged Buzzard

My oldest daughter has just had a habitat-test in school. And today there was no school, so we went out the see different habitats – wetlands, lakes, forests – of course with the aim of seeing some birds too.

Linnet - ssp. bella

Linnet – ssp. bella

Mogan Lake was frozen, so the thousands of Teal were gone. Only a few Mallards and Coots were around in an ice-free area.

Ruddy and White-fronted

Ruddy and White-fronted – click to enlarge

But south of the lake was the place to be. A flock of 500 Ruddy Ducks were very impressive and my daughter loved them. As I gave the flock a more thorough check I found two Greater White-fronted Geese in the flock.

Better picture of one of the Greater White-fronted

Better picture of one of the Greater White-fronted

A Great White Egret gave really good views to my daughters delight and it managed to become her favourite bird.

Great White Egret has found a hole in the ice

Great White Egret has found a hole in the ice

Otherwise several Long-legged Buzzards, two Common Buzzards, 5 Hen Harriers, 2 Marsh Harriers and two Peregrine Falcons were also present.

Peregrine

Peregrine

Hen Harrier

Hen Harrier

If this only had been a sunny day...

If this only had been a sunny day…

 

 

Silas Olofson

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