Sunday, December 16, 2012

Herdlevær 16 December 2012 - thawing fast

Southerly winds with light rain showers.

A rapid thaw has set in with almost all snow gone but freshwater still very much iced over.

A fairly uneventful walk around Herdlevær produced two Woodcock rugde as the best birds.

Otherwise just the usual including at least four White-tailed Eagle havørn (no adults), Rock Pipit skjærpiplerke etc.

A female Wigeon brunnakke turned up on the shore out my house later in the afternoon - obviously a continued movement out to the coast.

Finally some info about ringed birds:

The ringed Blue tit blåmeis that turned up in my garden (see this post) was indeed ringed at Lista 56 days earlier some 293km to the SSE proving that these birds moved north up the coast.

The colour ringed Sanderling sandløper mentioned in this post had been ringed in Iceland towards the end of May 2010 and had spent the following winters on the coast of south Northumberland between Newgibbin and Whitley Bay.

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