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