Friday, May 13, 2011

Hernar 12 May 2011 - Grasshopper Warbler

Light southerly and overcast to start with, clearing later.

Although the island didn't live up to last week's visit it still provided some excellent local birding. A female Black Redstart svartrødstjert and a very skulking Grasshopper Warbler gresshoppesanger were the highlights. Quite possible that both these birds are the same as those on Tuesday.

 Grasshopper Warbler gresshoppesanger
 Female Black Redstart svartrødstjert
 Common Whitethroat tornsanger

New arrivals included a few Common Whitethroat tornsanger, one of which was collecting nesting material, more Sedge Warblers sivsanger, two Common Terns makrellterne and a Common Sandpiper strandsnipe. A Tree Pipit trepiplerke was the first I've had in Øygarden this year (though the first was seen some time ago). Other notable birds for the island included a male Whinchat buskskvett, a House Martin taksvale and a male Tufted Duck toppand.

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