Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Hjelme West 18 December 2012 - Calm conditions pay off at last

Calm and mild again though most fresh water still very frozen.

The conditions were pretty much ideal for picking up stuff on the sea and, unlike yesterday, there was plenty about.

Highlights were three Great Northern Diver islom (all visible in same field of view at one point), a male Scaup bergand and two Red-throated Diver smålom.

Numbers of seaduck also up slightly with over 40 Long-tailed Duck havelle and more than 30 Common Scoter svartand. Several Black Guillemot teist and small numbers of Purple Sandpipers fjæreplytt also present.

A bonus bird on the way back to the car was a Jay nøtteskrike.

Popped in very briefly at both Sæle and Hjelme without seeing anything much of interest.

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