Thursday, February 09, 2012

Øygarden 09 February 2012

Southerly gale with periods of snow / sleet.

Apalling conditions for the short time I managed to get outside for today.

At Breivik a small flock of Fieldfare gråtrost and a lone Redwing rødvingetrost struggled to feed in the fields. I quickly gave up at this rather exposed location and headed for somewhere more sheltered.

Hjelme produced lots of interesting footprints - mostly Woodcock rugde but probably smaller waders involved too. Three White-tailed Eagle havørn, the first Jay nøtteskrike of the year, a Sparrowhawk spurvehauk and another Redwing rødvingetrost were also seen here.

At Tjeldsø the best bird was another Jack Snipe kvartbekkasin along with two Common Snipe enkeltbekkasin. A single Velvet Scoter sjøorre fed on the sea.

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