Monday, December 31, 2007
In all I managed 53 species in Øygarden during the last few days - and didn't see a number of the regular species. Realistically 5-10 more species should have been possible.
The local newspaper finally published something about the effects of the Statfjord oil spillage - see here
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Day two of the "big list" and another difficult day, strong winds, this time from the north, hampered progress most of the time. Plenty of highlights today - best bird for me was a Water Rail vannrikse seen scampering away through the undergrowth at Hjelme. This competed with a 2cy Iceland Gull grønnlandsmåke at Alvheim for best bird of the day.
Another potentially hard to get species was a Ruddy Turnstone steinvender at Tjeldstø. The other new species were more predictable - Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt flocks were seen at Solberg (20) and Tjeldstø (10+). Now on 50 species......without a number of glaring omissions. Sparrowhawk spurvhauk seen at both Tjeldstø and Solberg, several Little Auk alkekonge at "Hjelme Vest" and most of the usual suspects.
Two more species that got away included a "guillebill" alke/lomvi over Hjeltefjord and a probable Merlin dvergfalk at Solberg.
White-tailed Eagles havørn EVERYWHERE today, with at least 10 birds seen.
Red-necked Grebe Gråstrupedykker
Water Rail Vannrikse
Purple Sandpiper Fjæreplytt
Ruddy Turnstone Steinvender
Iceland Gull Grønlandsmåke
Black Guillemot Teist
Rock Pipit Skjærpiplerke
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Pilfink
Common Crossbill Grankorsnebb
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Other sightings worth mentioning were a Curlew storspove and a Sparrowhawk spurvhauk at Herdleavær, 35 Greylags grågås at Breivik, White-tailed Eagle havørn and superb views of an Otter oter eating a small fish.
In addition to the species I saw a Little Grebe dvergdykker was reported from Rong
Full species list (40 in total) below, there are a number of obvious gaps which will hopefully be filled tomorrow....
Northern Gannet Havsule
Great Cormorant Storskarv
European Shag Toppskarv
Grey Heron Gråhegre
Whooper Swan Sangsvane
Greylag Goose Grågas
Common Eider Ærfugl
Long-tailed Duck Havelle
Common Scoter Svartand
Velvet Scoter Sjøorre
Common Goldeneye Kvinand
Red-breasted Merganser Siland
White-tailed Eagle Havørn
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Spurvehauk
Eurasian Woodcock Rugde
Eurasian Curlew Storspove
Common Gull Fiskemåke
Herring Gull Gråmake
Great Black-backed Gull Svartbak
Black-legged Kittiwake Krykkje
Little Auk Alkekonge
Atlantic Puffin Lunde
Winter Wren Gjerdesmett
European Robin Rødstrupe
Willow Tit Granmeis
Crested Tit Toppmeis
Coal Tit Svartmeis
Blue Tit Blåmeis
Great Tit Kjøttmeis
Black-billed Magpie Skjære
Hooded crow Kråke
Common Raven Ravn
House Sparrow Gråspurv
European Greenfinch Grønnfink
Friday, December 28, 2007
Little or no time out and about of late but Woodcock rugde seen at Hjelme, a Red-necked Grebe gråstrupedykker in front of my house on 27th and another one at Solberg on 28th. Sparrowhawks spurvhauk seen at Tjeldstø and Herdlevær and White-tailed Eagle havørn everywhere at the moment....
Still new victims from the Statfjord oil spill turning up with yet another oiled Herring Gull gråmåke at Solberg today, 28 December.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
In the evening an Eagle Owl hubro sang briefly at a known locality....
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Not out and about today. A couple of oiled gulls, no doubt from the Statjord spill flew past the house.
Took a couple of photos in my garden at 800 ISO and slow shutter speeds on the shortest, and quite possibly the dullest day of 2007. At least the days are getting longer from here on!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Eiders ærfugl in flight - ladies first!
Greylags grågås at Breivik
Female Scaup bergand, Rotevatnet
Monday, December 17, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Common Scoter svartand (click on lower picture for larger image)
Colour ringed White-tailed Eagle havørn - causing panic amoung the ducks
Long-tailed Ducks havelle - click for larger image
Part of a flock of Greylags grågås at Breivik, click for larger image
Friday, December 14, 2007
Temperatures above freezing, little wind and very little light. Star bird was a Black Redstart svartrødstjert at Sture. This is stretching the definition of late autumn migrant a bit far. Also at Sture at least one Goldfinch stillits.
At "Hjelme Vest" the usual winter fare included a Great Northern Diver islom on the sea, a Red-necked Grebe gråstrupedykker, a Curlew storspove, a Black Guillemot teist and a flock of 25 Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Entanglement in fishing gear claims more victims than oil spills......
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Probable Parrot Crossbill furukorsnebb, Sæle
Common Redpoll gråsisik, Hjelme
White-tailed Eagle havørn, Hjelme
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
The Blue Tit blåmeis invasion continues....
Part of a flock of 60+ Fieldfare gråtrost on their way south
Sæle was much quieter with the best bird here being an early Little Grebe dvergdykker. A female Blackcap munk feeding on elderberries and a small flock of Long-tailed Tit stjertmeis were also present.