Saturday, December 25, 2010
Alvheim produced a flock of 15 Mealy Redpoll gråsisik, a Sparrowhawk spurvehauk, three Common Crossbill grankorsnebb and best of all - a Woodpigeon ringdue flying over - a rare winter sighting for Øygarden.
The garden was once again the most productive place with 8 Mealy Redpoll gråsisik, 25-30 Chaffinch bokfink, four Starling stær and the usual.
The woods were very quiet but all the usual Goldcrest fuglekonge, Coal Tit svartmeis and Crested Tit toppmeis were seen along with the bird of the day - a Treecreeper trekryper. A single Wren gjerdesmett still held out there too.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Female Merganser siland
Sunday, December 19, 2010
At Tjeldstø a Goshawk hønsehauk was seen from the house.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Female Scaup bergand and male Merganser siland
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Otherwise little to report other than the Heron hegre roost at Dåvøy numbered 55 birds today.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Male Blackcap munk feeding on elderberries
Solberg was generally quiet so it was a case of quality not quantity, a Red-necked Grebe gråstrupedykker on the sea was probably the bird reported there yesterday and photogrpahed later at Heggøy. Also a Great Northern Diver islom heading south and a male Peregrine vandrefalk on the lookout for prey. Still plenty of Mealy Redpoll gråsisik about with at least 300 seen just at Solberg. Five White-tailed Eagle havørn also presesent here.
A Teal krikkand that flew in with eight Mallard stokkand was probably the bird seen in the area throughout the month.
At Sæle at least three Blackcap munk fed on elderberries and even snow berries.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
A small flock of Long-tailed Tits stjertmeis in the garden joined the 60+ Greenfinch grønnfink, 10 Tree Sparrow pilfink and the others at the bird table.
Ljøsneset was pretty quiet with just 15 Waxwing sidensvans, a small flock of Common Crossbill grankorsnebb, a female Black Grouse orrfugl and a Woodcock rugde of note.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
A couple of White-tailed Eagle havørn, a few Black Guillemot teist and plenty of the usual seaduck.
Friday, November 19, 2010
A Water Rail vannrikse and a fly over flock of seven Waxwing sidensvans were at Toftøy.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Finally gave up on trying for passerines and despite the sunny weather and easterly winds decided to buck the trend and go seawatching instead. I was not disappointed.
The way back home was even more productive with a late Black Redstart svartrødstjert feeding on that mound of rotting seaweed that normally only turns up Rock pipits skjærpiplerke.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Female Mallard stokkand
Fantastic weather again with sun and a light SE wind. Generally quiet birdwise, popped in at a few places.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Stong south westerly winds and persistent rain made things difficult. Even the dog stuggled today and with him in mind I gave up and went home.
Just a few Little Auk alkekonge heading south and eight adult Kittiwake krykkje heading north were all that I saw of any movement during an hour of seawatching.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Long-tailed tit stjertmeis in the garden
Sunday, November 14, 2010
A Jay nøtteskrike in the garden and a Jackdaw kaie flying over was a good start to the day.
A couple of Whoopers sangsvane on Rotevatnet were the first of the autumn for me but at least one was reported on Friday. Other birds of interest included a flock of seven Goldfinch stillits, a Skylark sanglerke and at least ten Tree Sparrow pilfink in the garden - feeding started today!
On the sea a couple of Great Northern Diver islom, several Black Guillemot teist and Long-tailed Duck havelle numbers continue to build - still no big flocks though.
On the island best bird was a tristis Chiff-chaff tristis gransanger. Picked up on its almost Bullinch-like call it responded immediately to playback. Very pale indeed. Other stuff included a male Blackcap munk, Water Rail vannriske, two Tree Sparrow pilfink and plenty of Mealy Redpoll gråsisik - including many with pale rumps but as usual the flocks were too restless to go through. Still one Skylark sanglerke present.
Also found the remains of a Waxwing sidensvans - no doubt eated by a raptor of some sort.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Top bird just a pale rumped Mealy Redpoll gråsisik?
Tried an hour or so of "vis-mig" today at Herdlevær. During the first hour almost 1000 Mealy Redpoll gråsisik headed south. No doubt it would have been a lot more had I started an hour earlier. Passage dropped off rapidly after 10:00. Small numbers of Siskin grønnsisik and Fieldfare gråtrost also on the move.
Not a lot else passing but a Sparrowhawk spurvehauk headed south, at least one Goshawk hønsehauk hunting and up to five White-tailed Eagle havørn visible simultaneously.
FINALLY received details back on the ring I found in an Eagle Owl nest earlier in the autumn. As I had suspected the ring belonged to a wader. In fact it was an Oytercatcher tjeld that was ringed on the south coast of England over 29 years ago - this puts the bird at over 32 when it died - longer than the longest ever lived Oystercatcher in the UK!!
Details were as follows:
"Ringing Scheme: London Ring Number: FV61419 Species of bird: Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus
This bird was ringed by Devon & Cornwall Wader Group as age 3 years +, sex Unknown on 31-May-1981 at Dawlish Warren, Exe Estuary, Devon, OS Map reference SX9880, co-ordinates 50deg 37min N 3deg 26min W.
It was found on 25-Aug-2010 at Exact Location Unknown, Hordaland, Norway.
It was found 10678 days after it was ringed, 1230 km from the ringing site, direction NNE."