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Today we searched 50 live birds and about 20 dead ones from the freezer. We got lice only from two Sparrowhawks Accipiter nisus and one Robin Erithacus rubecula, but some of the dead birds also gave some lice, including some from a Grey Heron Ardea cinerea, which is a new search-species for me. A full 33 of the birds searched today were Robins, and we also got the first Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus in the catch, but it didn’t have any lice, of course. This is only the third Yellow-browed Warbler I ever searched, however, ad I don’t expect any lice until I’ve looked at about a hundred.

In the afternoon, we went biking, Heidi, Johanna, and I. We went all the way to Ventlinge to buy some pumpkins for tomorrow. Three will be carved and two will be eaten, with another four smaller pumpkins to serve as ears, nose, and a pipe. We went down to Grönhögen to swim in the too-cold water as well, as Heidi wanted to swim once every place she goes to here. It turned out to be too much slippery algae in the water, and too cold, so we waded around a bit, stood skipping rocks for a while, had tea, and then went home.

Tonight we’ll carve the pumpkins, so hopefully I’ll be able to show some pictures tomorrow.

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