Monday, November 08, 2010

Øygarden 08 November - More irruptives

First winter male Pine Grosbeak konglebit

Strange looking pipit . very white wing bars and white outer tail feathers together with a largely yellow beak point towards possible Water Pipit vannpiplerke but the heavy flank streaks don't.

Winter plumaged Rock Pipit skjærpiplerke

Mealy Redpolls gråsisik

Long-tailed Tit stjertmeis

Bullfinch dompap

Irruptive migrants were once again the order of the day with the highlight being a first winter male Pine Grosbeak konglebit at Sture. Also at Sture was a Lapland Bunting lappspurv and a rather odd looking (and sounding!) pipit.

At Herdlevær a nice party of Long-tailed Tits stjertmeis were the first I have seen in Øygarden this year. Several flocks of Mealy Redpoll gråsisik seen - frustratingly difficult to work through as always and glimpses of pale rumps didn't help....

Bullfinches dompap, Starling stær and thrushes still very much on the move.

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