01. Ölands norra udde (The northen head of Öland)
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Ölands norra udde (The northen head of Öland)
Protruding headlands along the birds’ migratory routes are always good from a birding point of view, especially in spring and autumn. If the landscape also is rich in environments like shallow bays, grazed meadows, marshes, rubble fields, low pine trees, hawthorn thickets and foliage groves, it becomes optimal.
The northern head of Öland offers at the area around the car park, just before the bridge to the lighthouse “Långe Erik” (Tall Erik), the best birding. Watch for migrating birds in Grankullavik and at coastal meadows, and be observant of the passerines and birds of prey that pass.
For migrating seabirds it is usually better to look out over the sea west of the road, a kilometer before the parking lot.
A visit to the northern head of Öland is interesting the year around, but April to June is best from a birding point of view. Then the amount of north bounding migrating birds is concentrated before they leave on their way north.
Slideshow pictures: Gyrfalcon © OF, Whinchat © OF, Ortolan Bunting © MT, Sanderling© OF, Steppe Eagle © OF
OF: Ottenby Fågelstation (Birdstation), MT Markus Tallroth
Source: Ölands Fåglar © Ölands Ornitologiska Förening ÖOF (authors this chapter: Pav Johnsson)
The book: Ölands Fåglar, 496 pages (only in Swedish), can be ordered at Naturbokhandeln