Monday, April 30, 2007

One of three Collared Dove tyrkedue at Herdlevær

Female Merganser, Skogsøy

White-billed Diver gulnebblom
Not a breath of wind until around 11:00 after which a barely perceptable northerly breeze began to blow. In other words, not ideal diver migration conditions - it therefore came as something of a surprise to see a total of 17 White-billed Diver gulnebblom head north.
The crap photo above in no way does justice to these birds - but it does show the typical pot-bellied look of this species.
Well over 100 Red-throated Diver smålom, a Shelduck gravand and two Velvet Scoter sjøorre were among the other species heading north. The only passerine of note out at Skogsøy was a Tree Pipit trepiplerke coming in off the sea.
In a local context three Collared Dove tyrkedue at Herdlevær were a much rarer, if rather less interesting, find than the White-billed Divers.....

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