Monday, March 02, 2009

Øygarden 02 March 2009

Migrating Great Black-backed Gull svartbak
Whooper Swan sangsvane at Tjeldstø

Eagle Owl hubro

Started off at Skogsøy but the wet and windy weather wasn't conducive to migration - until I was on my home when it turned out nice and around 50 Oystercatcher tjeld headed north almost immediately....
The seawatch itself produced a fly-by Red-throated Diver smålom and not much else at all other than large gulls heading south (relocating after recent southerly gales or actual migration?)
Other noteworthy birds included a flock of at least 30 Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt and one of the overwintering Curlew storspove.
At Herdlevær a Skylark sanglerke joined thrushes, including a Redwing rødvingetrost. This was probably a migrant bird rather than an overwintering one.
Elsewhere it was obvious that more and more migrants are returning with, among other things, another Lapwing vipe at Kollsnes.

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