Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Øygarden 01 April 2009

Comparison between Mealy gråsisik and Lesser Redpolls brunsisik

Lesser Redpoll brunsisik

Mealy Redpoll gråsisik

Herring gull gråmåke with yellow legs

Herring Gull gråmåke with yellow legs

Gannet havsule at Skogsøy

Spent the morning at Skogsøy where there was a reasonable amount of passage with 104 Curlew storspove and seven Red-throated Diver smålom as the best birds. A Puffin lunde was the first of the year and rather alarmingly was one of only two auks today.

Back at Tjeldstø some interesting Herring Gulls gråmåke with yellow legs were an unusual find and got the hopes up briefly. The Mealy Redpoll gråsisik was joined by at least one more Mealy and two Lesser Redpoll brunsisk - it is not often I see these species together like this. A flock of over 200 Starling stær fed in the fields beside the house.

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