Thursday, October 22, 2009

Øygarden 22 October 2009

Turtle Dove turteldue at Breivik
Whooper Swan sangsvane

Chiff-chaff gransanger

Started the day off with a first for the house list - a migrating Dipper fossekall, taking the total to 157. This can be a tricky species to see in Øygarden. The first Whooper Swan sangsvane of the autumn also flew in, although I later learnt it had been present for a couple of days.
Plenty of other migrants passing, thrushes, finches, a few Skylark sanglerke and a couple of Sparrowhawk spurvehauk. A lone Lapwing vipe fed beside Husvatnet - the first for ages.
At Breivik the best bird was a, or perhaps I should say "the" Turtle Dove turteldue. According to some residents the bird has been present for "months". Also at Breivik a Chiff-chaff gransanger and a flock of nine Greylags grågås.
A Jack Snipe kvartbekkasin was also reported from Breivk and at least four Grey Wagtails vintererle from Herdlevær.

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