Monday, April 25, 2011

Hernar 25 April 2011 - Black Redstart

Above and below - male Black Redstart svartrødstjert

Obligatory Twite bergirisk picture

Great Northern Diver islom

Two Little Auk alkekonge

Part of a flock of Barnacle Geese hvitkinngås

A superb day by all accounts - very foggy at first but lifting later.

The island just got better and better as the morning continued. Plenty of Chiff-chaff gransanger, and a couple each of Willow Warbler løvsanger and Blackcap munk meant that there was always something to see.

At least two Ring Ousel ringtrost were the first in Øygarden this year as were a couple of Common Redstart rødsjert. Without a doubt the best bird was a cracking male Black Redstart svartrødstjert - a rare spring record for this species.

About 20 Twite bergirisk, loads of Wheatear steinskvett and small numbers of other migrants knocking about. There were also indications of a big movement of Barnacle Geese hvitkinngås with approximately 500 seen heading north - Hernar is not the best place for visible migration so actual numbers may well have been much greater.

The journey home produced a couple of Little Auk alkekonge and a Great Northern Diver islom on the sea.

Back home a Greenshank gluttsnipe beside Husvatnet seen from the living room was another new for the county this year.

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