Friday, January 03, 2014

Øygarden 2013

2013 was an excellent year despite some periods of poor coverage and little observer activity.
With a total of 192 species recorded during the course of the year Øygarden was, as usual, the municipality in Hordaland with the most species seen - and put Øygarden at joint 30th place on a national basis for 2013.

Several new species were for Øygarden were recorded starting with a Nutcracker nøttekråke on 01 April, followed by Short-toed Lark dverglerke on 18 May. An Arctic Redpoll polarsisik was reported on 30 September and the autumn produced the first Hauk Owl haukugle on 02 October, a Pallas's Warbler fuglekongesanger on 16 October and a Black-throated Thrush svartstrupetrost (also a county first!) on 09 November.This brings the total number of species recorded in Øygarden to approximately 257.

The first Black-throated Thrush svartstrupetrost for Øygarden (and Hordaland)

Pallas's Warbler fuglekongesanger

Hawk Owl haukugle

Blyth's Reed Warbler busksanger

Plenty of other goodies were seen including the second records of both Blyth's Reed Warbler busksanger and Hobby lerkefalk. Other rarities were Hoopoe hærfugl, Rosy Starling rosenstær and Red-breasted Flycatchers dvergfluesnapper. More standard fare included  the usual run of Richard's Pipits tartarpiplerke and Yellow-browed Warblers gulbrynsanger.

A superb run of Long-tailed Skuas fjelljo was one of the highlights of the spring whereas the autumn was dominated by a huge invasion of Two-barred Crossbills båndkorsnebb (and Great-spotted Woodpeckers flaggspett).

Here's looking forward to 2014.....


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