Monday, September 29, 2014

Øygarden 29 September 2014 - Flogging it

Light westerlies early on, calming even further later. Mostly sunny.

A great day out and about and even better - no problems running out of time today!

Seawatchers we salute you!

Rock Pipit skjærpiplerke - pale legs, white outer tail feathers, white wing bars but incomplete eye ring and dark lores.

Some Gannets havsule came by at VERY close range
Common Sandpiper strandsnipe

One of many Jays nøtteskrike seen today - part of a larger movement over much of southern Norway

Started off at Skogsøy where I had hoped for either some return movement of birds displaced by the recent heavy weather. Neither kind of movement materialised....However, all was not lost with a nice Great Northern Diver islom, a few Sanderling sandløper (amazingly the first I've had in Øygarden this year!) and a light passage of Gannets havsule and Common Gulls fiskemåke.

White-tailed Eagle havørn

Sparrowhawk spurvehauk with Hooded Crow kråke

Raptors were well represented here with White-tailed Eagle havørn, Peregrine vandrefalk and Sparrowhawk spurvehauk. Good numbers of Rock Pipit skjærpiplerke and a Common Sandpiper strandsnipe.

Jays nøtteskrike were a feature of the day with eight over Breivik, two at Tjeldstø and another at Herdlevær. From late morning onwards there was an obvious movement of passerines - largely Meadow Pipits heipiplerke (biggest flock >100) and Blue Tits blåmeis (biggest flock 40).

Long-tailed Duck havelle on Husvatnet, Tjeldstø.

An unusual sighting was a Long-tailed Duck havelle on freshwater at Husvatnet at Tjeldstø - first of the autumn as well.

Bird of the day in Øygarden was a Turtle Dove turteldue seen at Breivik.


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