Best birds were a juvenile Green Sandpiper skogsnipe in the reserve and a White-tailed Eagle havørn was the first for some time. Lots of fledged Common Gull fiskemåke around too.
Monday, July 31, 2006
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Two sinensis Great Cormorant mellomskarv present today. Other birds included a Yellow Wagtail gulerle and the first Eurasian Wigeon brunnakke and Ruff brusfugl of the autumn. Good numbers of Willow Warbler løvsanger obviously on the move.
Monday, July 24, 2006
A look out of the living room window revealled a Cormorant skarv sitting beside Husvatnet. A couple of record shots were taken and it turned out to be a "sinensis" Cormorant mellomskarv. This is something of a rarity in Hordaland - but no doubt many are overlooked.
Sunday, July 23, 2006
The fresh onshore wind that was blowing as I went to bed last night was gone when I rose at dawn. However, having already got up I went out to Skogsøy anyway. Hot, humid and calm conditions meant few birds and great clouds of gnats - not exactly ideal seawatching conditions. First bird to pass was a Green Sandpiper skogsnipe, the first I've had this autumn.
Otherwise just the usual: 40+ Northern Gannet havsule, a few Atlantic Puffin lunde and a Great Skua storjo.
A Collared Dove tyrkedue was an unusual bird at Herdlevær on the way home.
Friday, July 21, 2006
A walk through the reserve produced very little. Migratory restlessness obvious in both Oystercatcher tjeld and Greylag Goose grågås - both these species will be departing shortly. Lots of birds now going over to feed on the abundant supply of berries.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Southerly with showers much of the day. Little in the reserve, with nearly all the Common Redshank rødstilk now cleared out. Lots of species feeding fledged young in the area, including Linnet tornirisk, Barn Swallow låvsvale and White Wagtail linerle.
In the evening a flock of 14 Northern Lapwing vipe were seen heading south and a Peregrine vandrefalk flew over the garden. Another bird of interest was a Northern Gannet havsule heading north up the fjord - relatively uncommon on the east side of Øygarden unless there are strong onshore winds.
Monday, July 10, 2006
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Light southerly winds didn't exactly promise much in the way of birds, but nothing ventured nothing gained. The very first bird seen as I set the scope up at 05:23 was a summer plumaged Pomarine Skua polarjo heading north. Excellent!
Some movement of Common Scoter svartand south with around 170 in three hours, other stuff included a few northbound Arctic Skua tyvjo, several Great Skua storjo, seven Whimrel småspove migrating south and a Red-throated Diver smålom, also flying south.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Hungry young being fedOn the lookout for mum and dad
During a swimming trip with the family I noticed some stange activity among some Barn Swallows låvsvale. They appeared to be flying in under a quayside to feed young in their nests, this quay is used by a local cement works for deliveries by sea and a variety of heavy machinery is in regular use there - indeed, a fork lift and a digger were driving around there whilst we were swimming.
A trip down there in the evening with the telescope confirmed this to be the case - probably three pairs have bred under the quayside. One family was feeding recently fledged young on the quay and droppings from the nests could be seen piled up on the stones underneath.
To nest so close to the sea (albeit a relatively calm area), with vessels mooring alongside and with so much activity above the nests struck me, to put it mildly, as unusual. Perhaps this is a unique breeding locality for this species?
An early morning seawatch at Skogsøy produced the usual selection of species, although there were few auks and no Northern Fulmar havhest. Over 120 Northern Gannet havsule headed north as did a lone Red-throated Diver smålom and four of the six Great Skua storjo. Whimbrel småspove on the move again and some indication that Great Black-backed Gulls svartbak have also started moving south.
A quick check at Herdlevær gave the best bird of the day in the form of a female Red-backed Shrike tornskate.
Sedge Warbler sivsanger still singing at Breivik.