Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Tjeldstø 07 June 2011

Barely out really but the sinensis Cormorant mellomskarv remains as does one of the Carrion Crows svartkråke. Other than that just an unseasonal Wigeon brunnakke of note.

The first Eider duck ærfugl chicks were seen at Solberg.

A fishing trip in the evening gave some great views of the local gulls...

Common Gull fiskemåke

Herring Gull gråmåke

Monday, June 06, 2011

Tjeldstø 05 June 2011 - sinensis

Took the weekend "off" and didn't do much either in the field or on the computer - the latter at least was a welcome break.

Sinensis type Cormorant mellomskarv on Husvatnet

Only bird of note was a sinensis type Cormorant mellomskarv on Husvatnet - an early date for this race as they normally turn up later in the summer.

Hernar 03 June 2011 - Rosefinches

Rather murky with light rain to start with, clearing later

Highlight of today's trip was without doubt at least two, possibly four Common Rosefinches rosenfink. All seemed to be second year males which sang throughout the morning. The only other migrant was a Spotted Flycatcher gråfluesnapper.

Other visiting birds included a couple of Black-headed Gulls hettemåke, a Golden Plover heilo  and a Red-throated Diver smålom.

 Newly fledged Wheatear steinskvett
 Sedge Warbler sivsanger
 Lesser Redpoll brunsisik
 2cy male Common Rosefinch rosenfink
 Common Rosefinch rosenfink

Common Rosefinch rosenfink
Plenty of activity among the local breeders with Twite bergirisk, Sedge Warbler sivsanger and Lesser Redpoll brunsisik very obvious. Newly fledged Wheatear steinskvett were the first of the year - possibly a little early out of the nest....

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Tjeldstø 02 June 2011

Overcast with occasional light drizzle, light SW

A quick stroll around the reserve produced little new with a female Merlin dvergfalk making a pass at some Meadow Pipits heipiplerke as the highlight. A Sand Martin sandsvale or two joined the Swallows låvesvale feeding over Husvatnet and the Reed Bunting sivspurv was singing again after a long period of silence.

White Wagtail linerle with a big beakfull of bugs for its young

Otherwise it was very much business as usual.