Monday, September 30, 2013

Øygarden 30 September - Another fantastic day....

Calm and sunny.

Still plenty going on! Started the day with a quick look at Tjeldstø. Highlights here were a Willow Tit granmeis and a few Two-barred Crossbills båndkorsnebb. A Grey-headed Woodpecker gråspett, several Ruff brushane, a Swallow låvesvale and over 150 Common Crossbills grankorsnebb were some of the other birds seen here. A Yellow-browed Warbler gulbrynsanger was reported from near the quayside.

Record shots of the Rough-legged Buzzard fjellvåk

Next stop was Herdlevær where the bird of the day was seen - a cracking Rough-legged Buzzard fjellvåk heading north being mobbed by Hoodies kråke. Great to finally "unblock" this difficult Øygarden species. Other goodies included a flyover Grey Wagtail vinterle and a couple of Yellow-browed Warblers gulbrynsanger.

A couple of Mealy Redpoll gråsisik

Plenty of other migrants present including a couple of Blackcap munk, Chiff-chaff gransanger and Willow Warbler løvsanger. Large numbers of Common Crossbill grankorsnebb and Mealy Redpoll gråsisik in the trees and overhead. Good numbers of Song Thrush måltrost among all the migrant Redwing rødvingetrost, Fieldfare gråtrost and Blackbirds svarttrost.

Another Grey-headed Woodpecker gråspett flew over the road at Breivik.

With so much going on there were predictably a few "that got away" - the Blyth's Reed Warbler busksanger was almost definitely still present, an interesting pipit or two escaped positive ID, at least one white-rumped Redpoll was seen and a large dumpy snipe that did not fly far.....

Elsewhere in Øygarden another Richard's Pipit tartarpiplerke was seen at Sture and a Lesser-spotted Woodpecker dvergspett was also seen.

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