Monday, March 31, 2014

Herdlevær 31 March 2014 - More migrants

Sunny again but with a fresh northerly making it feel rather colder today.

A look at Herdlevær proved to be quite productive - highlights being a hunting Peregrine vandrefalk and a pair of Wheatear steinskvett - both new for Øygarden this year. A White-wagtail linerle, some Snipe enkeltbekkasin and various other migrants on the land.

Migrating Common Gulls fiskemåke

Greylags grågås

Oystercatcher tjeld
The first Wheatear steinskvett of the year

Gannet havsule

An hour spent seawatching produced a steady movement of Common Gull fiskemåke and several flocks of Oystercatcher tjeld heading north. Several Gannet havsule, small numbers of Curlew storspove, a couple of Black Guillemots teist, several other auks and a Great Northern Diver islom also passed here.

Elsewhere a Chiff-chaff gransanger fed by the road at Alvheim and feeding thrushes gave good views at Sture.

Chiff-chaff gransanger

Redwing rødvingetrost

In the afternoon a Lesser Black-backed Gull sildemåke flew over the house - not the first in Øygargen this year by a long way but the first I have seen.

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