Sunday, October 09, 2011

Herdlevær 09 October 2011 - Bad weather, good birds

A howling southerly gale and torrential rain meant conditions were difficult today.

My so-called waterproff Paramo gear failed miserably to keep me dry but the first Jack Snipe kvartbekkasin of the year was ample compensation for any discomfort. A male Ring Ousel ringtrost was another bonus bird whilst a Short-eared Owl jordugle was blown in off the sea and sat on the rocks for a short while before being blown away again.

Record shot of Short-eared Owl jordugle

 Redwings rødvingetrost feeding on rowan berries

Loads of thrushes about with hundreds of Redwings rødvingetrost and smaller numbers of Fieldfare gråtrost, Blackbird svarttrost and Song Thrush måltrost. Small flocks of Brambling bjørkefink also sheltering in the bushes.

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