Monday, June 05, 2017

Øygarden 02-03 June 2017 - Not giving up yet

Still proving difficult to get out and about.

A quick look at Herdlevær in rather dull conditions on 02 June produced little of interest other than a pair of Ringed Plover sandlo looking and sounding like they are breeding in the area - very encouraging as some other wader species like Redshank rødstilk and Lapwing vipe seem to have given up / been driven away with mink the likely suspect for their demise here.
Also rather encouragingly there were Skylarks sanglerke singing from more localities than normal so perhaps there is more hope for this species.

Back home a male Arctic Tern rødnebbterne was very entertaining as he tried to impress his mate with fish after fish. Doesn't seem to be lack of food that makes these birds give up their breeding attempts. Here's hoping they go for it this year.

On 03 June I did a quick seawatch at Skogsøy. Very much a typical early June affair with a single 2cy Great Northern Diver islom, singles of Great Skua storjo, Arctic Skua tyvjo, Fulmar havhest along with small numbers of the usual suspects including a Black Guillemot teist. Unusually two Tufted Duck toppand put in an appearance heading south.

Best bird was a cracking Peregrine vandrefalk - looked like a 2cy female. A Lesser Whitethroat møller also gave good views here.

Back at their usual spot the Ringed Plover sandlo pair I have been watching now have three young running about. Nice!

I spent too much time on this bird which I am pretty sure is just a Herring Gull gråmåke with yellow legs - a so-called omissus

Red-throated Divers smålom heading north

Wheatear steinskvett

I wasted some early morning Skogsøy time looking at a Herring Gull gråmåke with yellow legs. It is compulsory to check these things out and I was more optimistic than normal as I do not tend to see such birds in June - they are normally an early spring thing here in Øygarden. As usual all hopes of an altogether more interesting gull were dashed.

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