Thursday, October 25, 2007

Hellesøy 25 October 2007 - Grey-headed Woodpecker

Grey-headed Woodpecker gråspett investigating boat shed, Hellesøy
Entanglement in fishing gear claims more victims than oil spills......
A stroll around Hellesøy was quite productive - the highlights were again were a Grey-headed Woodpecker gråspett and a flock of 17 Waxwings sidensvans. This is the peak season for both of these species. For more details see this page. The only other species of interest here other than the continued passage of Fieldfare gråtrost and Redwing rødvingtrost was a flock of 10 Long-tailed Tit stjertmeis.
At Sæle another flock of Waxwing sidensvans was seen along with two Blackcap munk.
The first Woodcock rugde of the autumn flew over my house at dawn....

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Tjeldstø 24 October - a good day

One of the many Starling stær at Tjeldstø today
Goldcrest fuglekonge
Plenty about today with highlights being a Lapland Bunting lappspurv, a flock of 12 Waxwing sidensvans and a Grey-headed Woodpecker gråspett. The supporting cast included two Goldfinch stillits, 10 Long-tailed Tit stjertmeis, a Great Spotted Woodpecker flaggspett and several Skylark sanglerke.
Good numbers of Fieldfare gråtrost both in the fields and on direct migration along with smaller numbers of Redwing rødvingtrost, Blackbird svarttrost, Starling stær and a couple of late(ish) Song Thrush måltrost. Small flocks of Crossbill korsnebb still very obvious, several Twite bergirisk and a few Brambling bjørkefink were also noted.
Throw in a Sparrowhawk spurvhauk and a White-tailed Eagle havørn and it was all in all not too bad....

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Øygarden 20 October 2007

Chiff-chaff gransanger at Tjeldstø
Probable Parrot Crossbill furukorsnebb, Sæle
Common Redpoll gråsisik, Hjelme
White-tailed Eagle havørn, Hjelme
Checked out a few localities starting at Herdlevær where large numbers of Blue Tit blåmeis and several Willow Tit granmeis were still present. The best birds here were the firtst Long-tailed Duck havelle of the autumn - a flock of around 30 sat on the sea.
Flocks of crossbills were seen everywhere - largely Common Crossbill grankorsnebb but a flock at Sæle looked very much like Parrot Crossbill furukorsnebb. At Sæle there were at least three Blackcap munk feeding on elderberries. One Nuthatch spettmeis also present.
At Hjelme a large flock (at least 150) of Common Redpoll gråsisik fed in the pines - one of several flocks seen today. Also at Hjeme a White-tailed Eagle havørn and a Sparrowhawk spurvhauk were two of three raptor species seen during the day - a Goshawk hønsehauk at Tjeldstø being the third. A Chiff-chaff gransanger fed in a garden at Tjeldstø.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Øygarden 09 October 2007

Very pale Lesser Whitethroat møller - possibly of the eastern (Asian) form minula

Jay nøtteskrike at Hjelme - only lone individuals now being seen

The first Little Grebe dvergdykker of the autumn at Sæle today

The Blue Tit blåmeis invasion continues....

Part of a flock of 60+ Fieldfare gråtrost on their way south

Yet another wonderful day in glorious weather. The number of migrants around continues to drop - migrating is no problem with clear skies and light winds!
Started the day at Herdlevær where the Yellow-browed Warbler gulbrynsanger remains. Today, however, this may not have been the best bird - a Lesser Whitethroat møller which seemed to me to be of the eastern form minula was present in juniper scrub to the north of "village". Other birds of note included a Jack Snipe kvartbekkasin and a late Willow Warbler løvsanger.
Migrants included some largish flocks of Fieldfare gråtrost heading south and Common Crossbills grankorsnebb heading north.

Sæle was much quieter with the best bird here being an early Little Grebe dvergdykker. A female Blackcap munk feeding on elderberries and a small flock of Long-tailed Tit stjertmeis were also present.
At Hjelme a Jay nøtteskrike and a Nuthatch spettmeis were possibly the last of the recent irruption - lingering on in one of the few suitable habitats for these species in Øygarden. However, there are still huge flocks of Blue Tit blåmeis on the move - the largest flock today contained at least 50 birds!

Monday, October 08, 2007

Øygarden 08 October 2007

Yellow-browed Warbler gulbrynsanger, Herdlevær. Click image for larger version

Willow Tit granmeis

Great Spotted Woodpecker flaggspett at Tjeldstø (click on image for larger version)

North westerly winds and a succesion of showers meant things didn't look too promising. However, this was far from the truth as a few hours birding produced some good birds.

Started off at Tjeldstø where a newly arrived Great Spotted Woodpecker flaggspett showed quite well. Other birds included Jay nøtteskrike, small numbers of Crossbill grankorsnebb, a Sparrowhawk spurvhauk and plenty of Redwing rødvingtrost in the fields.

Moving on to Herdlevær the undoubted highlight was a Yellow-browed Warbler gulbrynsanger which may have been a new bird as the area has been searched at least twice without result since the last one....other stuff included a Peregrine vandrefalk and a huge flock of Blue Tit blåmeis - numbering at least 60. Some of the irrupting Willow Tit granmeis are still about but numbers have dropped considerably with no large flocks present.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Øygarden 06 October 2007

A short stroll at Tjeldstø produced a few of the recent irruptive migrants including a Jay nøtteskrike and a Nuthatch spettmeis. Otherwise just a few Wigeon brunnakke and a couple of Lapwing vipe.

A quick look at Herdlevær produced a cracking Yellow-browed Warbler gulbrynsanger which called a few times. However, generally fewer birds around here than of late....

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Herdlevær 02 October 2007

One of many Goldcrest fuglekonge at Herdlevær
Two migrating Nuthatch spettmeis

Jack Snipe kvartbekkasin going to ground...

Generally not as much about as the previous visit but far from dead. Best bird was a Jack Snipe kvartbekkasin. Other stuff on the move included a few Nuthatch spettmeis, a small flock of Brambling bjørkefink and most of the usual suspects including a Sparrowhawk spurvhauk.

Grey-headed Woodpecker gråspett reported near Kollsnes.

Small numbers of Crossbill korsnebb and Twite bergerisk flying over at Tjeldstø

Monday, October 01, 2007

Hellesøy 01 October 2007

Long-tailed Tit stjertmeis - damn that leaf!

One of four Twite bergirisk today

The highlight of a short afternoon stroll at Hellesøy was a nice flock of Long-tailed Tit stjertmeis, unfortunately rather difficult to photograph. A small flock of Twite bergirisk were also present.

Other stuff included small numbers of Willow Tit granmeis also on the move, a small flock of Velvet Scoter sjøorre and a couple of Curlew storspove.