Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Herdlevær 28 September 2015 - Some migration at last

Yet another day of calm and sunny weather.

I spent the morning at Herdlevær where there was a decent variety of birds and a fair bit of obvious migration - most overhead or over the sea.

The highlights were a vocal Yellow-browed Warbler gulbrynsanger as I arrived and a Shelduck gravand that landed on one of the offshore islands,

Raven ravn

Rock Pipit skjærpiplerke

Wren gjerdesmett - another species that has recently become a lot more obvious

Meadow pipits heipiplerke passed overhead more or less constantly with small number of Rock Pipit skjærpiplerke among them. Redwings rødvingetrost were fairly obvious (and have been heard passing at night and around dawn the last few days), a small flock of Brambling bjørkefink, Guillemot lomvi, Razorbill alke, Red-throated Diver smålom etc etc all on the move today.

The very black upperparts of this bird make me think this must be a good candidate for a real fuscus

A relatively interesting gull passed too - as good a candidate for Baltic Gull (fuscus) as one can get - completely black upperparts with no contrast on the upperwing at all.....

At dusk a Woodcock rugde flew in and landed in the garden - early for a migrant.

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