Sweden (mid August 2005)

I attended a conference in Sweden in August 2005. I had some time for birding near Vaxjo, during the 500 km drives between Stockholm and Vaxjo, and on a day trip to the ‘Cape May of Scandinavia.’ Stefan Marander was kind enough to show me around Oland, which is a long and narrow island off the southeast corner of the mainland of Sweden. Like Cape May, Oland is a jumping off point for south-bound migrants. It was too early for passerine migrants, but Oland was good for shorebirds and hawks. Some of the highlights were White-Tailed Eagle, Honey Buzzard, Goshawk, and most of the shorebirds that I had missed on previous trips to Europe. The Goshawk flew right over us at low altitude. It was quite a sight. The White-tailed Eagles were also very impressive.

Slavonian Grebe, Cormorant, Gray Heron, Mute Swan, Barnacle Goose, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mallard, Wigeon, Teal, Eider, Shelduck, Rough-legged Buzzard, Buzzard, Honey Buzzard, Sparrow Hawk, Northern Goshawk, White-tailed Eagle, Osprey, Water Rail, Black-bellied Plover, Ringed Plover, Northern Lapwing, Red-necked Phalarope, Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew Sandpiper, Snipe, Knot, Spotted Redshank, Redshank, Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Ruff, Dunlin, Little Stint, Oystercatcher, Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gull, Woodpigeon, Rock Dove, Cuckoo, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Swift, Swallow, House Martin, White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, Northern Wheatear, Robin, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Spotted Flycatcher, Red-backed Shrike, Great Tit, Marsh Tit, Blue Tit, Magpie, Jay, Starling, Hooded Crow, Jackdaw, Raven, Rook, Greenfinch, Linnet, House Sparrow, Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer