Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Øygarden 15 May 2007

White Wagtail linerle, Hjelme
No chance to get to Skogsøy today, which was a pity. Good numbers of Red-throated Diver smålom along with other migrants including Tufted Duck toppand and Oystercatcher tjeld were seen during a short seawatch from Svellingen.

Adult Greylag grågås leading chicks to safety

Greylag grågås families are now to be seen everywhere in Øygarden - hopefully the recent expansion in numbers will continue such that the local White-tailed Eagle havørn, Eagle Owl hubro and Peregrines vandrefalk will have plenty to eat despite the reduction in the number of seabirds.

Greylag goslings grågås such as these are a common sight at present

The cleanup after the "Server" oil spill is nearing completion, however, oil booms, absorbents and bags of oiled debris are still be seen in a few locations in Øygarden.

Oil booms still deployed at Sæle.

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