Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Øygarden 11 January 2012 - White-winged duo!

Strong westerly with occasional short showers.

Once again work curtailed the birding but a brief dash out was most productive.

 Above and below: heavily cropped record shots of the Glaucous gull polarmåke

First bird I got onto when I lifted my bins at Tjeldstø was a 3rd year Glaucous Gull polarmåke resting with the other gulls at Husvatnet. Other birds at Tjeldstø included a flock of four Fieldfare gråtrost (first of the year), a Snipe enkeltbekkasin, a pipit piplerke, a few Kittiwake krykkje and the usual flock of 10 Tree Sparrows pilfink.

 Above and below: Adult Iceland Gull grønlandsmåke

Alvheim was just about dead but produced a nice adult Iceland Gull grønlandsmåke that flew past a couple of times. This is turning into a good winter for this species in Øygarden and the rest of Hordland too. Shetland is also getting more than its fair share of these....


Frode Falkenberg said...

Great findings Julian. This gull-season is going to be the best for white-winged gulls in Hordaland ever!

Jules said...

Just trying to make sure that we don't get a repeat of 2011 when I was away most of January - April and didn't get a single Glaucous in Øygarden.

Nothing less than embarassing!