Monday, February 26, 2007

Øygarden 26 February 2007 - Spring arrives

Pied Wagtail svartryggerle with caterpillar, a through-window-covered-with-rain shot

Finally out birding again!

Despite virtually no visible migration the day was quite productive with a couple of Oystercatcher tjeld and a Red-throated Diver smålom heading north both the first of the year at Skogsøy. One of the best birds in an Øygarden context was a female Goosander laksand at Herdlevær.

Other birds of interest included a flock of at least 20 Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt, a Woodcock rugde, a Peregrine vandrefalk making repeated hunting sorties out over the sea, a couple of Little Auk alkekonge heading north, a Puffin lunde (a first for 2007) and at least one Black Guillemot teist on the sea.

Most of the resident species now singing - including Crested Tit toppmeis and Winter Wren gjerdesmett.

Back at Tjeldstø a surprise bird in the garden was a male Pied Wagtail svartryggerle - perhaps just as interesting was the fact that it managed to find a caterpillar despite there still being snow on the ground. Managed to squeeze off a few through the living room window record shots of this unusual occurrence. Pied Wagtail are an uncommon but regular early spring visitor to these parts.

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