Friday, August 22, 2008

Øygarden 19 August 2008

The boat to Hernar
Approaching Hernar
Some promising areas on Hernar....

Half an hour in the early morning beside Husvatnet, Tjeldstø proved productive. Highlight was a Wood Sandpiper grønnstilk actively feeding around the edge of the lake. A couple of Ruff brusfugl flew in and a Merlin dvergfalk buzzed the reserve - promptly scaring out some Dunlin myrsnipe.
Overhead migrants included Tree pipit trepiplerke, Golden Plover heilo and Ringed Plover sandlo. Roaming flocks of up to 20 Fieldfare gråtrost now seen daily.
A tourist trip to Hernar in the afternoon proved that this island is quite promising - during an absolutely not birding half an hour ashore I had a Great-spotted Woodpecker flagspett and a Garden Warbler hagesanger. Hopefully there will be time for some daytrips there during the autumn.

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