Sunday, February 22, 2009

Øygarden 22 February 2009 - Spring!

The first true spring migrant was seen today - an Oystercatcher tjeld at Hjelme Vest. Another good bird at the same locality was a Two-barred Crossbill båndkorsnebb - proving that some stragglers from last year's invasion still remain in the area.

A minimum of 280 Long-tailed duck havelle was the biggest count of the winter thus far and a Gannet havsule heading north was no surprise.

At Tjeldstø at least 19 Whoopers sangsvane fed on Rotevatnet, Tjeldstø where the male Teal krikkand was also seen again.

Elsewhere there were a few good flocks of Fieldfare gråtrost, at least two of these flocks had Starling stær with them - more than likely these were also new arrivals.

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