Friday, December 14, 2012

Øygarden 14 December 2012 - Water Rail

Southerly winds, still cold.

A couple of short walks with the dogs and the usual household errands produced some quality birds in a short space of time in the failing light of the afternoon.

 Above and below Water Rail vannriske - always great to see this species

 Above and below: Parrot Crossbills furukorsnebb at Alvheim

Best bird was probably a Water Rail vannrikse at Alvheim where there were also around 15 Parrot Crossbill furukorsnebb.

Wigeon brunnakke landing at Solberg

At Solberg three Wigeon brunnakke were a surprise find - must be being forced out to the coast in the freezing weather. A Woodcock rugde was seen briefly here too.

Tjeldstø produced more very fresh Woodcock rugde tracks, a Goshawk hønsehauk mobbing a White-tailed Eagle havørn. Blackbird svarttrost numbers in the garden continue to increase with seven now present - all but one of which appear to be adult males.

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