Sunday, October 16, 2011

Herdlevær 16 October 2011 - Short-eared Owls and the one that might have got away

Strong southerly winds yet again.

First bird was a pipit seen and heard calling - sound "off" for Tree Pipit trepiplerke and very likely to have been an Olive-backed Pipit sibirpiplerke. Having checked the field guides and "Calls of Eastern Vagrants" the call was absolutely spot on - less hoarse and less drawn out than Tree Pipit - but who dares claim OBP on call.....? Unfortunately I did not manage to find it again.

 Above and below: Short-eared Owl jordugle

 Chiff-chaff gransanger
 Shag toppskarv
Part of a flock of Common Scoter svartand

Best of the rest were four Short-eared Owls jordugle sheltering from the wind - sightings of multiple owls are virtually unheard of in Øygarden so these put a nice Yellow-browed Warbler gulbrynsanger into second place.

Other migrants included the first Woodcock rugde of the autumn, two Wheatear steinskvett, a Dunlin myrsnipe, a couple of Blackcaps munk and a Chiff-chaff gransanger.

All in all an excellent few hours birding....

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