Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Herdlevær 13 September - New Øygarden tick!

Light southerly wind and rather warm.

Golden Plover heilo

Migrating Heron gråhegre

Raven ravn

Things had changed in a quite predictable way - waders were still moving but further out. A couple of flocks of Ruff brushane and several flocks of Golden Plover heilo were the most numerous but Bar-tailed Godwit lappspove, Curlew storspove, Turnstone steinvender, Dunlin myrsnipe and Ringed Plover sandlo were also moving.

Red-throated Diver smålom and Cormorant storskarv were rather more obvious - with the largest flocks of both species topping 20. Raptors were a Peregrine vandrefalk and a Merlin dvergfalk,

A pale-bellied Brent Goose ringgås was the first I've seen in Øygarden this year.

Other odds and ends included a Black Guillemot teist and a few Arctic Terns rødnebbterne.

Marsh Warbler myrsanger, Svensson and the most photographed hand in Øygarden

As I returned to the car the phone went and off I drove to Sørgårdsvatnet to see my fist Marsh Warbler myrsanger for Øygarden. This is only the second record for the district if memory serves me correctly.

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