Friday, October 18, 2013

Øygarden 15 October - Almost there

Finally managed a short trip out of the house but before I left a couple of Grey Wagtail vintererle and a flock of Shag toppskarv were additions to the new garden list - which now stands at a whopping 35 species.

A late Lesser-black backed Gull sildemåke was the highlight at Husvatnet, Tjeldstø.

Part of the Two-barred Crossbill båndkorsnebb flock 

Common Crossbill grankorsnebb feeding in rowan bushes

Willow Tit granmeis - good numbers of this irruptive migrant passing through recently

Grey-headed Woodpecker gråspett

Mealy Redpolls gråsisik - some pale rumps seen but nothing good enough to claim anything....

At Herdlevær a mid afternoon stroll produced lots of grounded migrants including a few each of Chiff-chaff gransanger and Blackcap munk along with the usual selection of autumn thrushes and finches. Highlight here was a flock of seven Two-barred Crossbill båndkorsnebb. Other stuff of interest were a couple of Willow Tit granmeis and a Grey-headed Woodpecker gråspett.

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