Sunday, October 27, 2013

Øygarden 27 October 2013 - decent late autumn birding

Light south westerly winds and sunny.

A casual look at a few localities produced a number of decent birds today.

At Hjelme Vest the highlight was a Pomarine Skua polarjo initially seen sitting on the rocks. Other sightings here included some Øygarden oddities such as Willow Tit granmeis and Treecreeper trekyper. Some movement over the sea with a couple of Great Northern Diver islom, a Little Auk alkekonge and a light passage of Common Gulls fiskemåke. An Oystercatcher tjeld was rather late whilst a small flock of Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt were the first of the autumn for me. A Woodpigeon ringdue and a few Bullfinch dompap here were obviously migrants.

A couple of flocks of Mealy Redpoll gråsisik, plenty of Common Crossbill grankorsnebb and at least a couple of Two-barred Crossbills båndkorsnebb.

Dipper fossekall - would be nice to know where this ringed bird came from.

From the house a Dipper fossekall was new for the garden - and even turned out to be ringed. Two more new species for the garden were Great Northern Diver islom and a few Common Scoter svartand. More Two-barred Crossbills båndkorsnebb here too.

Heavily cropped record shot of an Eagle Owl hubro

Elsewehere in Øygarden distant views of an Eagle Owl hubro meant that the day was something of a success.

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