Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Øygarden 24-27 April - There is no hope.

Work and other duties to mean I continue to not spend any time out and about. It feels like things have been this way forever and that there will never be a chance to get out until I either a) retire or b) lose my job. Both alternatives seem tempting at the moment, although only option b) is anywhere near likely in the foreseeable future.

On 24th April I managed a short walk at Tjeldstø, 10 Swallow låvesvale fed over Rotevatnet and plenty of other migrants had arrived here including most of the usual suspects such as Linnet tornirisk. A female Common Crossbill grankorsnebb seemed like she may well have had young in the vicinity.

Male Pied Wagtail svartryggerle at Herdlevær

A ringed Wheatear steinskvett at Herldevær - no doubt the result of Mr Goodgame's efforts last year

White Wagtail linerle with ring

On 25the April I made it to Herdlevær where I had at least two singing Chiff-chaffs gransanger and a Pied Wagatail svartryggerle along with evidence of Mr Goodgame's efforts last year - quite a few migrants were bearing rings . no doubt the result of the not inconsiderable efforts put into ringing at this locality last year. Twite bergerisk were another new for the year at Nautnes later in the day.

Lesser Redpoll brunsisik either collecting nest material or feeding on Rosebay Willowherb stems left over from last year - this picture taken in the garden

The 26th provided no opportunites for birding at all but a Collared Dove tyrkerdue over the house in the morning was another Øygarden year tick and a lone Barnacle Goose hvitkinngås was at Tjeldstø.

On 27 April there was was yet again virtually no time spent in the field but a roadside Stock Dove skogsdue at Tjeldstø along with the first singing Willow Warbler løvsanger of the year saved the day here. Other sightings of note at Tjeldstø included a couple of Black-headed Gulls hettemåke,

Other than that a general increase in the commoner migrants and roding Woodcock rugde from the house most evenings are the only things worth mentioning.

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