Saturday, March 28, 2009

Skogsøy 28 March 2009 - Water Rail!

Jackdaw kaie at Herdlevær

Early morning Gannets havsule

Bird of the day was without doubt a Water Rail vannrikse seen all the way out at Skogsøy - only the second time I've had this species out there and also the first spring record. This bird was obviously a migrant relocating after spending the winter elsewhere.

Seawatching produced the usual suspects including a half decent movement of Oystercatcher tjeld (680 heading north), three Shelduck gravand, a Red-throated Diver smålom and small numbers of Common Gull fiskemåke and Black-headed Gull hettemåke. The only real southbound movement was 120 Shags toppskarv- no doubt birds returning to Rogaland to breed.

A "drive-by" at Herdlevær produced a Jackdaw kaie feeding among the sheep there - not a common species in Øygarden at all and the first record this year.

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