Sunday, February 28, 2016

Hjelme West 27 February 2016 - Spring is in the air

Calm and sunny most of the day.

Spent an hour or so at Hjelme Vest. Here eight Oystercatcher tjeld resting on one of the islands and 12 more heading north were a sure sign of spring. Long-tailed Duck havelle numbers have increased with about 50 present along with smaller numbers of the usual seaduck. Singles of Guillemot lomvi and Black Guillemot teist were also present along with a Peregrine vandrefalk with prey and a flock of 18 Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt. On land there was not much in the woods other than a flock of 60 Common Redpoll gråsisik.

A drive-by at Sæle produced the first Fieldfare gråtrost I've seen in Øygarden this year and another flock of about 30 Redpoll gråsisik.

A brief stop at Husvatnet, Tjeldstø saw a Lapwing vipe flying over and five Greylag grågås on the lake - both sure signs of spring. A Goshawk hønsehauk upset the local Hoodies kråke here too.

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