Thursday, March 01, 2007

The cleanup after the "Server" is now moving further south
Newly arrived Starlings stær at Tjeldstø

An excellent day both bird and weatherwise. All thoughts of doing some housework disappeared when the first Skylark sanglerke of the year flew over the garden. From then on things just got better.
Bird of the day was a Mistle Thrush duetrost near Sæle (only spotted because I stopped to take a picture of the cleanup crew!). Øygarden in early spring is probably the best place to "get" this species in Hordaland. Cleanup operations continue to move southwards in Øygarden now that the priority area around Hellesøy has been completed.
"Hjelme Vest" also produced the goods with nine Northern Lapwing vipe heading south and a Red-necked Grebe gråstrupedykker on the sea along with Black Guillemots teist and most of the usual. Long-tailed Duck havelle numbers well down with only around 40 present.
Back at Tjeldstø the highlight was a Carrion Crow svartkråke with a backup cast of several Common Snipe enkeltbekkasin, a Lapwing vipe, a few Oystercatcher tjeld, two Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt, over 30 Starling stær and a small flock of Fieldfare gråtrost. A male Blackcap munk at a bird feeder may well be the same bird that was in my garden during January. For pictures of this bird see here.

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