Sunday, May 01, 2011

Øygarden 30 April 2011

Black Grouser orrfugl
Black Grouse orrfugl

White-billed Diver gulnebblom

Velvet Scoter sjøorre

Walm, calm and sunny

Most of today's birding consisted of a quite respectable seawatch at Skogsøy. Highlights were a total of 13 White-billed Diver gulnebblom and 114 Red-throated Diver smålom. Other sightings of note included a Great Skua storjo, a Whimbrel småspove, 18 Velvet Scoter sjøorre, 199 Common Scoter svartand, a Peregrine vandrefalk and a couple of Shelduck gravand. Generally quite a bit passing and well worth the trip.

On the way there I heard the first singing Wren gjerdesmett I have heard for a long time at Oen, Reed Bunting sivspurv, Sedge Warbler sivsanger and the usual suspects at Breivik.

Family errands in the evening produced a number of Black Grouse orrfugl and a Common Sandpiper strandsnipe at Tjeldstø.

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