Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hjelme West 21 November 2012 - Crossbill headaches

You guessed it! Yet again strong southerly winds, dull with some rain. Still the best weather thus far this week. At least it remains mild.

Tried Hjelme West today which was relatively quiet on the sea but made up for it to some degree ashore. Several White-tailed Eagles havørn, a Black Guillemot teist and small numbers of Long-tailed Duck havelle and Common Scoter svartand were pretty much all that was to be seen offshore.

 Lots of Crested Tit toppmeis about today. Arty movement effect was of course carefully planned...

 Male Parrot Crossbill furukorsnebb - actually appeared to be singing to the female pictured below

 Female Parrot Crossbill furukorsnebb

 Above and below - more presumed Parrot Crossbills furukorsnebb

Common Crossbill grankorsnebb

 Peregrine vandrefalk
 Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt - auto function (and therefore flash)

 Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt - surprisingly good results for ISO1000

A couple of small flocks of Waxwing sidensvans flew south, two Woodcock rugde flushed from woods and a few flocks of Crossbills - one flock was obviously Common Crossbills grankorsnebb but a few smaller flocks appeared to be Parrot Crossbills furukorsnebb. I might just be finally getting to grips with the calls.....

A short stop at Sæle produced another decent Parrot Crossbill furukorsnebb flock but a Peregrine vandrefalk flew over and flushed them just as I was getting into a decent position to photograph them. Other stuff here included a female Blackcap munk, a Nuthatch spettmeis and a couple of Redwing rødvingetrost.

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