Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Øygarden 21 May 2014 - Tedious rarity and scarce spring migrant

Light SE winds with some thundery showers.

Started the day at Herdelvær. Little happening here but a Sand Martin sandsvale or two , another Meadow pipit heipiplerke nest and a Whimbrel småspove were seen here.

A drive-by+ at Tjeldstø produced the first Ruff brushane for the this year with two females present. Four Tufted Duck toppand was an increase on yesterday. A Carrion Crow svartkråke out in the reserve was technically the best bird of the day but what a tedious rarity! Two House Martin taksvale feeding over Husvatnet were of more interest.

Adult White-tailed Eagle havørn attacking Greylags grågås - parents keep young between them for protection

The young Greylags grågås dive, parents prepare to defend

With the young still submerged both parents leap out of the water to drive off the eagle

At Nautnes a Greenshank gluttsnipe scared up by a White-tailed Eagle havørn trying to take Greylag grågås chicks was a new species for the house....

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