Saturday, January 05, 2013

Hjelme West 05 January 2013 - Year Listing

Calm and very mild but rather dull.

Common Scoter svartand at Hjelme West

Took a walk out to Hjelme West where I predictably I met the county's year listers out and about.

Hjelme West was on form today - the calm seas making it easier to pick stuff up on the sea. Highlight was without doubt a couple of Turnstone steinvender - a very unpredictable species in Øygarden during the winter months.

A Great Northern Diver islom, a Curlew storspove, 80 Long-tailed Duck havelle, several Black Guillemot teist, a Velvet Scoter sjøorre and most of the usual suspects meant this was quite a productive trip.

Male Brambling bjørkefink in the garden

Back in the garden a Brambling bjørkefink was predictably joined by two twitchers - who thus managed three year ticks just in my garden as the male Blackcap munk and a Tree Sparrow pilfink were still about.

A Red-throated Diver smålom was seen at Hellesøy - another new species for the year in Øygarden (and Hordaland for that matter).

Year Listers may be interested in watching this video:

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