Male Siskin grønnsisk in the garden Female Siskin grønnsisik
Rook kornkråke with Hooded Crows kråke
Only out for the briefest of walks. Once again rather dull and wet but picked up the two Rooks kornkråke beside the car park at Skogsøy and then a male Wheatear steinskvett at Kollsnes - the first trans-Saharan migrant to return to Øygarden this year.
A few hours seawatching just after dawn gave typical results for the time of year including a few new including a couple of Lesser Black-backed Gulls sildemåke, two Shelduck gravand (rather oddly flying south), a Fulmar havhest and a Red-throated Diver smålom heading north.
Small numbers of Oystercatcher tjeld, around 200 Common Gulls fiskemåke and several Black-headed Gulls hettemåke all headed north and apprximately 130 Shag toppskarv went south.
Other birds seen included several Curlew storspove, a Goshawk hønsehauk and a White-tailed Eagle havørn.
Whisky, my dog, did his bit for conservation on the way home by catching and making short work of a mink....well done!
Too busy with household stuff to get out and about today. A Redpoll brunsisik in the garden and a flock of 11 Skylark sanglerke feeding in one of the fields during a 10 minute walk with the dog was all I managed.
Very wet and with strong southerly winds. Most of the snow now melted but the lakes are still covered in ice. At least 20 Lapwing vipe, 200 Starling stær, several Oystercatcher tjeld, a Curlew storpove and 12 Greylags grågås were all signs that at least the birds seem to think spring is on the way....
A Ringed Plover sandlo flew over - the first in Øygarden this year.