Monday, February 27, 2012

Tjeldstø 27 February 2012 - More signs of spring

Very dull with light southerly winds.

Whooper Swans sangsvane

Early Toad - a 400mm telephoto lens isn't really the best choice for this kind of shot...

A stroll around Tjeldstø proved reasonably productive with the highlight being a Glaucous Gull polarmåke which gave distant views. A second Greylag grågås joined the bird that arrived yesterday afternoon beside Husvatnet - surely the first migrant geese after a long period of no geese at all in Øygarden.

A few Starling stær, the first Oystercatcher tjeld  and a Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt were new birds and several Fieldfare gråtrost also seen. Mallard stokkand numbers increased again to 22 and a total of six Whoopers sangsvane were present (the same birds that have been here "all winter" - a family party with two young and a pair of adults).

Another first for the spring was a very slow Toad padde which was obviously just coming out of hibernation.

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