Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Skogsøy 20 October 2010

Bird of the day in an Øygarden context - one of three Treecreeper trekryper seen today
Sparrowhawks spurvehauk

Small part of a Fieldfare gråtrost flock

Waxwing sidensvans are everywhere at the moment

Dashed out for a short seawatch which was produced relatively few birds - highlights being two Great Northern Diver islom heading north. Small numbers of Long-tailed Duck havelle, Velvet Scoter sjøorre and Common Scoter svartand on the move.

It was the walk out that was the most productive with a few small flocks of Waxwing sidensvans, a few large flocks of Fieldfare gråtrost totalling approximately 1000 birds - several hundred of which were feeding and resting in the heather. Other notable sightings included my first Treecreeper trekryper in Øygarden this year, a Grey-headed Woodpecker gråspett, a Jay nøtteskrike, a Lapland Bunting lappspurv, several Bullfinch dompap and at least four Sparrowhawk spurvehauk. Also plenty of Brambling bjørkefink and Mealy Redpoll gråsisik about.

At Herdlevær good numbers of Great Tit kjøttmeis and Blue Tit blåmeis were passing through. A couple more Treecreepers trekryper, a Chiff-chaff gransanger and a Blackcap munk were also present here.

Back home whilst changing over to winter tyres a flock of 15 Waxwing sidensvans landed briefly in the garden and a Lapland Bunting lappspurv flew over.

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