17. Västerstadsviken (bay)
GPS: 56.41493, 16.40607
The shallow Västerstadsviken (bay of Västerstad) south of Eckelsudde, as the site earlier, incorrectly, often was called in birding circles, is a paradise for resting waders and ducks. In the summertime you will find gadwalls, pied avocets and little terns nesting here.
A kilometer south of Nedre Västerstad, from road to Degerhamn, is a well-marked gravel road down towards the beach and a seal and bird protection area. There is a parking lot at the beach, park and walk north 300 meters to a platform, or just scout along the pebbled beach.
Drive past Kastlösa and Bjärby on route 136. Turn right on the road to Degerhamn. Drive past Övre Västerstad and Västerstads almlund (also know as Råkskogen). Parking and information is available at Nedre Västerstad.
GPS coordinates to the parking lot WGS 84 decimal (lat, long): 56.41493 , 16.40607
© Lantmäteriverket, Ur Geografiska Sverigedata, översiktskartan Dnr. 106-2004/188”
Slideshow pictures: Purple Sandpiper © MT, Eurasian Widgeon © LL, Common Sandpiper © LL, Common Greenshank © LL, Gadwall © LL
LL: Lars Lundmark, MT Markus Tallroth
Source: Ölands Fåglar © Ölands Ornitologiska Förening ÖOF (authors this chapter: Pav Johnsson)
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