Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Øygarden 10 May 2011 - Grasshopper Warbler

After spending the morning working a quick check of a couple of localities produced some decent birds - starting with a splendid male Yellow Wagtail gulerle (ssp flava) at Breivik.

Yellow Wagtail gulerle

At Kollsnes two Wood Sandpiper grønnstilk were present along with a male Whinchat buskskvett.

Wood Sandpiper grønnstilk

A cursory glance at Tjeldstø produced a pair of Collared Dove tyrkerdue flying over and a Black-tailed Godwit svarthalespove feeding beside Husvatnet.

Grasshopper Warbler gresshoppesanger

Female Black Redstart rødstjert

A very quick trip to Hernar seemed to confirm that the Crag Martin klippesvale has indeed moved on. The bird was not seen during a relatively short search by visiting birders on Sunday and unknown status from yesterday. However, there was still plenty to see with only part of the island covered. Highlight was a singing Grasshopper Warbler gresshoppesanger - seemingly the first documented find of this species in Øygarden (an autumn record some years ago was not sufficiently documented to be accepted). A female Black Redstart svartrødstjert and a male Whinchat buskskvett were other birds of note.

Another first for the year was a dark phase Arctic Skua tyvjo that flew over Hellesøy whilst waiting for the boat to leave.....

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