Thursday, November 24, 2011

Øygarden 24 November 2011 - the one that got away

Calm and mild.

Started the day at Svellingen where there was very little movement. A Little Auk alkekonge, a Snipe enkeltbekkasin and at least two White-tailed Eagle havørn were among the few birds seen.

Then a report of an unidenfied pale raptor further south meant we sped off in an attempt to head the bird off somewhere. Unfortunately we failed but picked up a few compensatory birds along the way...

At Kollnes næringspark a very unseasonal Great Skua storjo headed north up Hjeltefjord and a White-billed Diver gulnebblom flew south. Little Auk alkekonge, Kittiwake krykkje and at least three White-tailed Eagle havørn were the pick of the bunch.

Record shot of two Pochard taffeland on Rotevatnet, Tjeldstø. Bird on the left is a Goldeneye kvinand.

Tjeldstø was far from dead with two Pochard taffeland and a Scaup bergand on Rotevatnet together with a Whooper sangsvane. A Teal krikkand was with the Mallard stokkand on Husvatnet.

Otherwise Sparrowhawks spurvehauk and Common Crossbills grankorsnebb "everywhere", a couple of Fieldfare gråtrost flocks.

All in all not a bad morning out.

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