Friday, July 29, 2011

Skogsøy 29 July - Two-barred Crossbills

Fresh northerly with sun.

Once again a two hour seawatch produced virtually nothing, small numbers of Gannet havsule, a couple of Fulmar havhest and a lone Guillemot lomvi.

However, a flock of five Two-barred Crossbill båndkorsnebb (an adult male and four females / immatures)made the trip worthwhile. This flock were no doubt a part of the recent influx into Norway. Records started on 22 July with a bird on Utsira and many more have been seen since - with up to 40 seen at various localities, mostly in the south west of the country around Lista. There have been isolated records from further north too.

 Male Two-barred Crossbill båndkorsnebb

Female Two-barred Crossbill båndkorsnebb

During the last two irruptions that reached Øygarden (2002 and 2008) the birds turned up in late July / August and continued to be seen until well into the following new year so it is quite likely the same pattern will be repeated this time too.....

A single Common Crossbill grankorsnebb was amazingly another new for Øygarden this year.

Willow Warbler løvsanger

Raven ravn

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