Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hernar 18 September 2014 - Back where the action is!

Light southerlies, warm and sunny.

I wasn't alone in thinking Hernar was worth a shot today and was joined by Frode for a very enjoyable morning on Øygarden's best rarity hotspot. And I can only sympathise with poor Rixy who is now obviously chafing at the bit to get "out west". Believe me - I was at Fornebu on Monday!

Bar-tailed Godwit lappspove - looking a bit bedraggled due to feeding in wet grass

House Sparrow gråspurv - as rare as Richard's pipit tartarpiplerke on Hernar!

Redstart rødstjert

Starling stær - many feeding on snails today

Twite bergirisk with white feathering on its head - made me look twice!

Rarity wise the best bird was undoubtedly the first Richard's pipit tartarpiplerke of the autumn - although in a Hernar context a House Sparrow gråspurv gave the pipit a run for its money in the rarity stakes. However, the island was full of birds and the feeling that something big might happen never left us. The bushes were full of Goldcrests fuglekonge and various species of tit - including several Willow tit granmeis.

Other migrants included several each of Blackcap munk and Chiff-chaff gransanger, a Redstart rødstjert, a Bar-tailed Godwit lappspove and a Grey Wagtail vintererle (only the second record for the island and the first in Øygarden this year)

All the usual finches including about 30 Twite bergirisk were present - one of which had rather a lot of white feathering on its head. A male Black Grouse orrfugl, a Kestrel tårnfalk and several White-tailed Eagles havørn were also among the almost 50 species seen today.

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