Thursday, April 13, 2017

Øygarden 04 April - 09 April - The week that never was

Work, car repairs and family commitments meant that this week didn't really happen in a birding context. There was barely even time to look out of the window but when I did both White-tailed Eagle havørn and Otter were very regular.

Male Curlew storspove at Tjeldstø

On 04 April I spent a massive two minutes or so birding. A couple of Pied Wagtails svartryggerle and the first Wigeon brunnakke of the year were on Husvatnet.

The next day I was not out at all but had a fly over Dipper fossekall at Nautnes and the first Brambling bjørkefink of the year in the garden.

Goldfinch stillits in the garden

A Goldfinch stillits turned up in the garden on 07 April and stayed until at least 09 April.

Shag toppskarv

Dead Whale

Dead Whale with its proud owner

Glaucous Gull polarmåke

I managed a couple of hours out at Herdlevær on 09 April where the higlights were a fly over Glaucous Gull polarmåke and a long-dead whale of some description floating past. A decent selection of the usual early migrants were also seen.

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