Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Herdlevær 24 August 2015 - More waders

Light easterly winds, largely sunny

Yellow Wagtail gulerle

Bar-tailed Godwit lappspove

Curlew storspove

Knot polarsnipe

Knot polarsnipe

Common Snipe enkeltbekkasin

Typically for the time of year it was waders that provided most of the interest. At Herdlevær a few Knot polarsnipe were the first I've seen locally this year, other waders included Redshank rødstilk, Greenshank gluttsnipe, several Snipe enkeltbekkasin, some Curlews storspove, a Whimbrel småspove, a Ruff brushane, a Dunlin myrsnipe, a few Golden Plover heilo, a couple of Bar-tailed Godwit lappspove and a small flock of Ringed Plover sandlo.

Best of the rest here were a couple of Yellow Wagtails gulerle (also the first I've seen in Øygarden this year) and a migrating Kestrel tårnfalk.

At Kollsnes a nice roadside Goshawk hønsehauk gave good views before taking off and scaring up about a dozen Snipe enkeltbekkasin, a Green Sandpiper skogsnipe and a few Golden Plover heilo. Kestrel tårnfalk was also seen here.

At another site recently it seems probable that an Eagle Owl hubro has had a successful breeding season - a bird heard "singing" was probably becoming territorial again and driving its young out of the area.

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