Thursday, November 05, 2015

Øygarden 05 November 2015 - Home at last!

Calm and mild. Amazing weather! Spent all morning sorting stuff out so it was quite late in the day before I got out.

One of the sunflowers in my garden has finally flowered, all the herbs still going strong - you'd never think this is November!

Common Scoter svartand

Fieldfare gråtrost

Goldfinch stillits

Birdwise, however, it was typical early November - one of my favourite times of year. At Nautnes Waxwing sidensvans and Skylark sanglerke were among the species that flew over and there was a Common Scoter svartand on the sea in front of the house.

At Tjeldstø the best birds were a flock of eight Goldfinch stillits. The first Whoopers sangsvane of the autumn were also present with four adults feeding. No young birds though....

Yellowhammer gulspurv at Breivik, Guillemots lomvi seen at a couple of places, obvious movement of Kittiwakes krykkje and Gannets havsule over the sea,

All the usual thrushes on the move, Mealy Redpoll gråsisik, Crossbills grankorsnebb, Golden Plover heilo and plenty more besides

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