Friday, March 30, 2007

Øygarden 29 March 2007

bernicla Brent Goose ringgås, Husvatnet (should have digiscoped this one....)
Greylag Goose grågås as it flew past the house

Cleaning up at "Hjelme Vest"

The cleanup crews working on clearing up the mess after the "Server" oil spill have finally made it to "Hjelme Vest" - over 2 1/2 months after the spill. Finally!

Loads of Hedge Accentor jernspurv singing here as well a Merlin dvergfalk, a Woodcock rugde and a small flock of Purple Sandpipers fjæreplytt.
Back at Tjeldstø the bird of the day was a dark-bellied Brent Goose ringgås - a most unusual time of year for this species to turn up. This was a new species for the reserve (and for my house list). A male Wigeon brunnakke on Husvatnet was the first of the year at Tjeldstø. Bonus bird was the 2 cy Iceland Gull grønlandsmåke.
An evening trip out to a regular Eagle Owl hubro site produced the goods with a singing male, along with roding Woodcock rugde and Common Snipe enkeltbekkasin.

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