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.

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