Friday, January 02, 2009

Øygarden 02 January 2009 - Bird Race Day 3

Curlew storspove

The last day of the bird race saw us out in a boat exploring the northern edges of Øygarden. New species were thin on the round but it was nevertheless a fantastic day out. The only new species today were a lone Little Auk alkekonge, a Black Grouse orrfugl on Hernar and best of all 13 Snow Bunting snøspurv on Nordøya.

A flock of four Curlew storspove, at leat 45 Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt, a Peregrine vandrefalk, four Starling stær on Hernar and most of the usual species were also seen.

Plenty of others were out and about in Øygarden and reported a whole host of new species including Stonechat svartstrupe, Red-throated Diver smålom, Blackcap munk and Greylag grågås. This meant at total of 62 species for the bird race - despite some glaring omissions - few auks and several other species which would be considered normal for the time of year.

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