Sunday, August 23, 2020
Red-footed Falcon on my shift!
Posted by Lars Petersson at 10:33 PM
Sometimes Red-footed Falcons arrives in late spring, but perhaps more regularly they show up as juveniles in early autumn when the breeding season is over in eastern Europe. Vagrant in Sweden, but not so rare that birdwatchers would travel from far away corners of the country.
A couple of days ago a young Red-footed Falcon was reported from Grytås. Despite I was already standby for work, the bird was close enough for me to go and see it. Other local birders showed up too, this bird was not to be missed. We could watch it scanning for prey from its perch along a powerline, regularly sweeping down to the ground to grab a grasshopper or a baby mouse.