Sunday, October 21, 2012

Tjeldstø 21 October 2012 - Yellow-browed at last!

Calm and dull early on, brightening up later.

Took things very easy today with a late and lazy stroll around the reserve. This proved most productive - a great day even without the best bird....the long awaited first Yellow-browed Warbler gulbrynsanger of the autumn for me. Having had a probable or two earlier in the autumn it was nice to nail this one properly.  It was typically very active and all but impossible to get any decent pictures of.

Yellow-browed Warbler gulbrynsanger

Other good birds included at least one Ring Ousel ringtrost, a flock of six Goldfinch stillits and a Snow Bunting snøspurv.

Huge numbers of other migrants too including a minimum of 1000 Redwings rødvingetrost  with smaller numbers of Fieldfare gråtrost, Blackbird svarttrost and Song Thrush måltrost. A Skylark sanglerke, another Blackcap munk, a Little Auk alkekonge and lots of Brambling bjørkefink meant there was always something to look at.

Well over 40 species today.

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