Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Øygarden 11 November 2009

Snow Bunting snøspurv flying over Hernar
Part of a mixed flock of Goldfinch stillits and Common (Mealy) Redpoll gråsisik

View from Hernar taken whilst waiting for it to get light enough to bird...

Spent the morning on Hernar. Rather quiet for the most part but nice views of a Water Rail vannrikse, a Snow Bunting snøspurv or two, a Woodcock rugde and most of the usual species were seen.

At least three Blackcap munk feeding on elderberries at Sæle, although I did not spend much time looking.
Back home at Tjeldstø there was plenty of interest but unfortunately no time to investigate further. A flock of at least 80 Common Redpoll gråsisik fed in some conifers. A few of these looked very pale indeed with white rumps. Too far away to tell for sure though...
With them at least nine Goldfinch stillits and other stuff flying over included a Snow Bunting snøspurv and the first Bullfinch dompap of the year in Øygarden.

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