Friday, January 08, 2016

Hjelme Vest 08 January - Most of the usual specialities and another unseasonal find

Calm, sunny and cold again.

It would be so nice to get a day out but again made do with an hour or so.

Hjelme Vest produced several predictable new species for the year in the form of Raven ravn, three Curlew storspove, 30 Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt, 27 Long-tailed Duck havelle, a couple of Little Auk alkekonge, one each of Black Guillemot teist and Common Guillemot lomvi.

Best bird, however, was a Merlin dvergfalk which obviously had its eye on the waders.....seems like this is the first county record of the year - where was this during the New Year Bird Race?

Crested Tit toppmeis - one of the characteristic woodland birds in Øygarden

Common Snipe enkeltbekkasin struggling with the cold

Other stuff included several Snipe enkeltbekkasin and most of the usual suspects including Crested Tit toppmeis and a couple of White-tailed Eagle havørn.

Very little in the way of ducks and no divers or grebes though.....

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