Thursday, March 02, 2006

Hjelme 02 March 2006

Woods at Hjelme

An hours stroll in the superb winter sunshine produced excellent results. A Woodcock rugde flushed in the woods was the first noteworthy bird followed by a flock of 90 Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt (same flock as yesterday - just seen better).

Best birds were the spring's first Red-throated Diver smålom which came in from the south and landed on the sea and a Red-necked Grebe gråstrupedykker that was starting to acquire a red neck. Other birds included a minimum of four White-tailed Eagle havørn and at least 160 Long-tailed Duck havelle.

On the way back a Goshawk hønsehauk in the woods was a bonus bird in addition to the usual Goldcrests fuglekonge, Crested Tits toppmeis etc.

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