Friday, October 18, 2013

Herdlevær 16 October 2013 - Pallas's Warbler!!

Perfect conditions. Little wind, light cloud cover and plenty of stuff about.

Above: Pallas's Warbler fuglekongesanger

A truly fantastic morning at Herdlevær produced the county's eighth Pallas's Warbler fuglekongesanger. Initially picked up on call it gave brief views before disappearing. This represents the first find for Øygarden of this cracking little gem and the first in Norway this year.

The county's twitchers were on the scene very quickly, obviously dropping work and other commitments as soon as the message was sent. They struggled to refind it but after a few hours managed to nail it.

Above: atypical Yellow-browed Warbler gulbrynsanger. Thankfully it called a couple of times...

An interesting Yellow-browed Warbler gulbrynsanger had me scratching my head until it called and confirmed its identity. Rather subdued colouring and very faint first wing bar had me thinking something else for a while......

Pied Flycatcher svarthvit fluesnapper

Willow Tit granmeis

Several Two-barred Crossbills båndkorsnebb, a late Pied Flycatcher svarthvit fluesnapper and a fly over Grey Wagtail vinterle were among the other goodies seen.

Before I left the house a flock of Waxwing sidensvans headed south and a couple of Two-barred Crossbill båndkorsnebb landed nearby. House list now 38.

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