Thursday, June 22, 2006

Tjeldstø 22 June 2006 Pectoral Sandpiper

Adult male Pectoral Sandpiper alaskasnipe

With calm, overcast and humid conditions after the strong southerly winds experienced yesterday optimism was high. Having only a week or so ago flippantly stated that the next new bird for Tjeldstø would be a Pectoral Sandpiper alaskasnipe I was more than pleased to find a cracking adult male out in the reserve.

This is only the fourth record for Hordaland and the first for Øygarden.

The bird was very vocal and it was the call that alerted me to its presence. More unusually this bird joined two Common Snipe enkeltbekkasin in a display flight and was rather aggressive towards them. Odd behaviour for a bird that has travelled a long way against headwinds.

Other bird news paled into insignificance.....

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