Friday, May 07, 2010

Hernar 07 May 2010

Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt in summer plumage - one of 24 seen today
Two Whimbrel småspove taking a break on their migration north

Red-throated Diver smålom

Long-tailed Duck havelle - at least 50 seen today

Above and below a female Blackcap munk feeding on the ground

Glorious calm, sunny and warm weather meant the day was going to turn out well.

Hernar was full of stuff - though probably a lot less today than yesterday. An absolute minimum of 10 Chiff-chaff gransanger and four Blackcap munk were the most numerous migrants. A Sand Martin sandsvale was the first in Øygarden this year and amazingly yet another Crane trane flew over - another new to the ever increasing Hernar list! Remarkably no Wrens gjerdesmett or Willow Warbler løvsanger were seen on the island.

The Tree Sparrow pilfink from the previous visit were still about. Wheatears steinskvett and Twite bergirisk everywhere meant there was always something to see.

A look around the islands by boat produced small numbers of Red-throated Diver smålom heading north, several Black Guillemot teist, four Whimbrel småspove and 24 Purple Sandpipers fjæreplytt. A total of around 50 Long-tailed Ducks havelle scattered about on the sea were now largely in their rather strange breeding plumage.

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