Friday, April 04, 2014

Herdlevær 04 April 2014 - Another cracking day!

Light southerlies and sunny yet again.

A superb morning out. The intention was to get to Herdlevær and do a short seawatch in case there was any northward movement of stuff today. On the way there a couple of Redshank rødstilk at Tjeldstø were the first of the year in Øygarden and a Pinkfoot kortnebbgås at Breivik was the first I've seen here this year.

There was virtually no passage whatsoever at Herdlevær - getting there at 0900 was probably way too late in the day. However, all was far from lost with two Great Northern Diver islom together on the sea and a second year Yellow-billed Diver gulnebblom feeding nearby - this bird was at long range for photographs but gave excellent views in the scope. Second year birds like this are not a common sight in Øygarden.

Pinkfoot kortnebbgås (left hand bird) at Breivik

Tree Sparrow pilfink at Herdlevær

Second year White-billed Diver gulnebblom - this bird often had its beak open

Banana bill, pale neck with little contrast, eye prominent in the pale of the face

Here fending off a Great Black-backed Gull svartbak

One of several White-tailed Eagles havørn seen today

A single Shelduck gravand heading north, another year's first, was almost the only bird that passed. Other stuff included a Guillemot lomvi on the sea, a few Kittiwakes krykkje, Golden Plovers heilo and the usual seaduck.

A few more passerines had arrived since my last visit including a couple of Linnets tornirisk.

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