Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Tjeldstø 01 Feb 2006 - Repoll Headache continues

Todays batch of repoll pictures from my garden may help things along a little. There has been quite a good response to posts on various mailing lists - unfortunately only a little over half the replies are in favour of Arctic Redpoll polarsisik. Its time to start really checking the literature.

The undertail coverts remain resolutely invisible.....

I escaped the redpoll dilemma for an hour in the afternoon and went to look at the sea near Hjelme. Best birds here were two Oystercatcher tjeld and three Eurasian Curlew storspove - a massive number of waders for the middle of winter. Also a couple of Black Guillemots teist, one of which was in breeding plumage. White-tailed Eagle havørn, at least 150 Long-tailed Duck havelle and nine Common Crossbill grankorsnebb - the first for some time

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