Friday, August 28, 2009

Øygarden 28 August

Rather wet but obviously stuff on the move. At Tjeldstø highlights were a Spotted Redshank sotsnipe and a Green Sandpiper skogsnipe. Other waders included 25 Golden Plover heilo, three Ruff brusfugl and 12+ Snipe enkeltbekkasin.

A party of five Whinchat buskskvett and several Wheatear steinskvett were probably newly arrived.

Oh yes, and the Carrion Crow svartkråke still about and still as forgettable as last time.

Very brief views of a first year Red-backed Shrike tornskate at Herdlevær - first this year in Øygarden.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Hernar 26 August 2009 - GREENISH WARBLER!

Greenish Warbler østanger

Another superb day on Hernar. A frustrating start to the day when an interesting phylloscopus turned up almost as soon as I arrived but then promptly disappeared for the rest of the day - only to turn up just before the boat left. Typical.

The last set of views left no doubts and the bird was also very vocal at this time - it was a Greenish Warbler østsanger - and only about the fourth record for the county. Wicked!

Goshawk hønsehauk

There were few passerine migrants on the island, just small numbers of Willow Warblers løvsanger. Plenty of other stuff though with a fly over Temmincks stint temmincksnipe, a Goshawk hønsehauk, a Merlin dvergfalk and an assortment of waders on the move. A Whimbrel småspove fed with a small flock of Curlew storspove on the island.

Whimbrel småspove

The local Twite bergirisk and White-tailed Eagles havørn barely got a look today...

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Herdlevær 25 August 2009

One of this year's Ringed Plover sandlo

Above and below Dunlin myrsnipe

Goshawk hønsehauk

A fairly productive stroll concentrating on the northern part of Herdlevær. Typically for the time of year it was waders that provided most of the interest with a steady passage of small flocks just too far off to identify.
At least seven Common Sandpiper strandsnipe, two-three Greenshank gluttsnipe, a Green Sandpiper skogsnipe, Dunlin myrsnipe, Ringed Plover sandlo and a couple of Knot polarsnipe all fed in the area.

At least one Goshawk hønsehauk caused concern for the local gulls and crows. Passerines were rather thin on the ground but a flock of 25 Common Crossbill grankorsnebb flew over and at least one Whinchat buskskvett present.
Other stuff on the move included three Red-throated Diver smålom and several small flocks of Greylags grågås.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Øygarden 24 August 2009

Wheatear steinskvett at Solberg

Popped in at a few localities. Pretty much the usual suspects for the time of year: a Merlin dvergfalk and two Turnstone steinvender at "Hjelme Vest", a Swift tårnseiler at Hjelme, and a variety of waders including seven Knot polarsnipe and two White-tailed Eagle havørn at Solberg where an Otter was a nice bonus.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Tjeldstø 23 August 2009

Above and below: Whinchat buskskvett

Yesterday's Great Northern Diver islom

Just a brief look at the reserve today. A few Swift tårnseiler on the move, a Greenshank gluttsnipe, a couple of flocks of Greylag grågås heading south and the first Whichat buskskvett of the autumn.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Skogsøy 22 August 2009

Great Skua storjo
Three Common Sandpiper strandsnipe

Raven ravn

Northern Gannet havsule

A steady stream of migrants but no surprises today, small numbers of various wader species including a Spotted Redshank sotsnipe and the first Sanderling sandløper and Ruddy Turnstone steinvender of the autumn.

A couple of Great Skua storjo and most of the usual suspects.

Back at Tjeldstø four Swift tårnseiler and a Sand Martin sandsvale headed south. A Black guillemot teist was joined by a rather unseasonal Great Northern Diver islom on the sea in front of my house.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Tjeldstø 21 August 2009

Best birds during a stroll around the reserve were a couple of Swifts tårnseiler and a flock of over 100 Lesser Redpoll brunsisik. Very few waders about with just a few Common Snipe enkeltbekkasin and a couple of Golden Plover heilo.

Almost forgetable was a Carrion Crow svartkråke. The most uninspiring of rarities.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Skogsøy 05 August 2009

Two southbound Shelduck gravand

Woodpigeon ringdue

Not the same spectacular migration as of a couple of days ago but still worth the effort. "Just" hundreds each of Oystercatcher tjeld and Common Gull fiskemåke along with 65 Ringed Plover sandlo, a couple of Grey Plover tundralo, a Bar-tailed Godwit lappspove, six Greenshank gluttsnipe, 14 Golden Plover heilo, 2 Common Redshank rødstilk and wader of the day - a Little Stint dvergsnipe.

The highlight was a Sandwich Tern splitterne heading south at just after 06:00 - the first "autumn" bird I've seen at Skogsøy.

Other stuff worth a mention included a Great Skua storjo, six Shelduck gravand and a Velvet Scoter sjøorre.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Øygarden 02 August 2009

Kestrel tårnfalk
Migrating Oystercatcher tjeld

Part of a migrating Common Gull fiskemåke flock

Somewhat predicatbly started the day at Skogsøy at dawn. Three hours seawatching produced plenty of passage including well over 1000 each of Oystercatcher tjeld and Common Gull fiskemåke.

Other birds of interest included an Arctic Skua tyvjo, a Red-throated Diver smålom, six Shelduck gravand, two adult summer Grey Plover tundralo, six adult summer Red Knot polarsnipe, six Bar-tailed Godwit lappspove, nine Greenshank gluttsnipe, 25 Black-headed Gull hettemåke and plenty more besides.

A few hundred Greylags grågås were seen heading south both at Skogsøy and Tjeldstø

A Pegegrine vandrefalk came over chasing a racing pigeon.

At Tjeldstø a Wood Sandpiper grønnstilk fed beside Husvatnet in the afternoon where a probable sinensis Cormorant mellomskarv rested.

A walk around the reserve in the evening produced five Green Sandpiper skogsnipe, 11 Ruff brusfugl, four Greenshank gluttsnipe, 20+ Common Snipe enkeltbekkasin and another Wood Sandpiper grønnstilk.