Friday, August 20, 2010

Herdlevær 20 August 2010 - Mayhem!

Blyth's Reed Warbler busksanger - this picture shows the supercillium going behind the eye.
The above shot shows the short primary projection
Above picture illustrates the plain tertials

Record shot of an extremely skulking Barred Warbler hauksanger - this was as good as views got even after waiting well over an hour.....

Record shot of Barred Warbler hauksanger - normally a great find but relegated to also-ran if the Blyth's turns out to be "good".

Under normal circumstances this Stonechat svartstrupe would have made the day....

A Stonechat svartstrupe at Breivik was a promising start to the day and a brief look at Herdlevær turned into an hour of patient waiting after finding an Acro which, after listening to some sounds, consulting some books and getting opinions from other birders was finally identified as a Blyth's Reed Warbler busksanger. The bird called repeatedly - exactly as per the call on the "Calls of Eastern Vagrants CD". With such a bird requiring good documentation I returned later in order to try and obtain some better images but there was no sign of it. However, a first year Barred Warbler hauksanger was ample compensation!

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