Friday, October 28, 2011

Øygarden 28 October 2011

Fresh WSW, sunny with some showers.

A late start today. Popped in at a few localities which produced some typical late autumn species.

 Mistle Thrush duetrost at Tjeldstø
 White-tailed Eagle havørn at Solberg - it seems the vast majority are ringed
 Above and below: Wheatear steinskvett at Alvheim

At Solberg there was an obvious but frustratingly difficult movement of seabirds inlcuding Little Auks alkekonge and Kittiwakes krykkje. Seeing distant flocks disappear in wave troughs most of the time was too much to cope with and lacking the time to make it to Skogsøy I gave up.

At Alvheim a late Wheatear steinskvett gave good roadside views - a continuation of the excellent late autumn run this year. A Chiff-chaff gransanger was another late migrant here.

At Tjeldstø a Mistle Thrush duetrost was the bird of the day, other species included a Woodcock rugde, three Skylark sanglerke, several Little Auk alkekonge, the first Velvet Scoter sjøorre for some time, a very late Oystercatcher tjeld, a couple of Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt and at least 60 Common Crossbill grankorsnebb.

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