Friday, December 02, 2011

Skogsøy etc 02 December 2011

Fresh north westerly but CONSIDERABLY calmer than the last few days. Steady hail showers most of the morning.

As if by magic the birds turned out in force - goodness knows where they go during the storms but they turn up as soon as the weather abates.

At Skogsøy there was again no "morning after" movement of stuff but a HUGE falcon almost caught a Raven ravn it was chasing. Looked Peregrine-like but was really massive. Another much smaller Peregrine vandrefalk was in the usual spot hunting - and caught what looked like a Little Auk alkekonge. At least three White-tailed Eagle havørn knocking about along with usual Long-tailed Duck havelle, Crested Tit toppmeis etc.

The goose flock at Breivik consisted of 28 Greylags grågås, four Bean Geese sædgås (probably fabalis) and a single Pinkfoot kortnebbgås. Best bird here - and an Øygarden year tick for me - was a Yellowhammer gulspurv. So still some migration going then...

 First year Black-throated Diver storlom at Solberg (it had an obvious flank patch at other times - so don't get funny ideas...)
 Goldeneye kvinand in the fading light
Wren gjerdesmett - the mild weather is at least good for this species - something they deserve after the last two killer winters.

At Solberg a first year Black-throated Diver storlom (a good winter bird), a Peregrine vandrefalk and a flock of 15 Redwing rødvingetrost were the best of the sightings.

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