Sunday, July 27, 2008

Skogsøy 27 July 2008 - Two-barred Crossbills

Male Red-backed Shrike tornskate at Herdlevær
Male Two-barred Crossbill bånkorsnebb at Skogsøy

As usual Skogsøy provided plenty of interest. The highlights were a few Two-barred Crossbill båndkorsnebb in the woods - part of an ongoing influx. 15 were seen further south in Øygarden at Toft yesterday. Other good birds included a female Merlin dvergfalk and a few flyover Greenshank gluttsnipe.

With such calm conditions it was not surprising that it was just waders passing with almost 550 Oystercatcher tjeld in a couple of hours around dawn. A Knot polarsnipe and several migrating Grey Heron gråhegre were among the few other birds seen.

Oystercatcher tjeld at Herdlevær

A drive-by at Herdlevær produced another good bird - a male Red-backed Shrike tornskate.

Rock Pipit skjærpiplerke

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