Saturday, May 18, 2013

Hernar and Lyngøy 18 May 2013 - Øygarden strikes back

Calm, sunny and HOT.


After yesterday's sightings on Fedje, just north of Øygarden it was high time we scored with a rarity - and we did! We found the first SHORT-TOED LARK DVERGLERKE for Øygarden on Lyngøy. This represents approximately the 10th county record.

Also on Lyngøy were a Pied Wagtail svartryggerle, a Spotted Flycatcher gråfluesnapper and a Whinchat buskskvett.

Arctic Skua tyvjo

Male Whinchat buskskvett

Hernar was quite productive despite getting the late in the day. Noteworthy sightings here included a Redstart rødstjert, a Whinchat buskskvett, two Pied Flycatchers svarthvit fluesnapper, a Spotted Flycatcher gråfluesnapper and a Garden Warbler hagesanger. LOTS of Wheatear steinskvett and decent numbers of Twite bergirisk also on the island.

Above and below: Arctic Tern rødnebbterne with almost all black beak

The all dark beak made this bird worth a second look!

An aberrant Arctic Tern rødnebbterne got the pulse racing - the all dark bill made me think of something quite different for a while.

A Kestrel tårnfalk, Whimbrels småspove, House Martins taksvale and plenty of other migrants were also seen during the course of the day.

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