Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Øygarden 03 January 2012 - Bean Geese return

Chilly southerly wind with wintery showers.

Hjelme Vest was very quiet and it was a struggle to get even some of the usual suspects. A Black Guillemot teist was the best of the stuff on the sea. Crested Tit toppmeis and Wren gjerdesmett were also new for the year.

At Hjelme condtions were little better but I managed to pick up a couple of Woodcock rugde and a Goldcrest fuglekonge.

Alvheim produced a distant Peregrine vandrefalk and another small raptor that escaped identification. Also of interest was a flock of small finches on one of the islands - just like last time I was there. Would be nice to know what they were....

Tjeldstø was yet again best with the flock of nine Bean Geese sædgås together with one Pinkfoot kortnebbgås, also a Sparrowhawk spurvehauk, a Starling stær and the first Robin rødstrupe of the year.

White-tailed Eagle havørn "everywhere"

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