Friday, April 09, 2010

Hernar 08 April 2010 - Swallows!

Mistle thrush duetrost - a new species for Hernar
Woodpigeon ringdue in the fog

Twite bergirisk - THE bird of Hernar

Meadow Pipit heipiplerke

Early morning on Hernar

Chiff-chaff gransanger

Spent the day on Hernar and experienced everything from fog early on to a sunshine for a couple of hours and then light rain to end up with.

Highlights were a Mistle Thrush duetrost - a new species for Hernar and a Ring Ousel ringtrost - the first I've seen on the island. Plenty of other migrants around including at least three Chiff Chaff gransanger, various thrushes and a Woodcock rugde. Rather depressingly I found the corpses of four Woodcock in an area of just a few square metres.

Two Linnets tornirisk were the first I've seen in Øygarden this year although they have been around for a week or so.

Plenty of the local breeders have arrived with Twite bergirisk and Meadow Pipits heipiplerke very obvious.
Hellesøy was pretty good too - though I didn't look around much at all. One or more Waxwing sidensvans were heard flying over in the fog whilst waiting for the boat to leave and two record early Swallows låvesvale were seen whilst driving home. Previous earliest record was 17 April 2008.

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