Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Hernar 01 October 2013 - Another species unblocked!

Sunny with winds more or less easterly.

Three Hernar regulars made the trip out to the island today and enjoyed a productive morning combing the island for migrants.

Red-breasted Flycatcher dvergfluesnapper
Photo: Bjørnar Skjold

Generally little in the way of grounded migrants but what quality! Star bird was a rather skulky Red-breasted Flycatcher dvergfluesnapper - the first documented find for Hernar but not the first for Øygarden. A species we had all been waiting for finally gave itself up nicely.

Peregrine vandrefalk

The supporting cast included the first Grey Plover tundralo of the autumn, a couple each of Goldfinch stillits and Snow Bunting snøspurv. Another highlight was a hunting Peregrine vandrefalk.

Loads of migrants overhead with flocks of Meadow Pipit heipiplerke passing constantly. Several flocks of Mealy Redpoll gråsisik passed early on but this movement soon dropped off. The usual selection of autumn thrushes, finches (including over 30 Twite bergirisk), a Kestrel tårnfalk, small numbers of Swallows låvesvale and a House Martin taksvale were also seen.

Elsewhere in Øygarden a few Two-barred Crossbill båndkorsnebb were seen near Nautnes whilst a Grey-headed Woodpecker gråspett and the first Tufted Duck toppand of the autumn were noted at Tjeldstø.

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