Friday, August 25, 2017

Hernar 24 August 2017 - Catching up on the island

Calm, some cloud cover early on.

Very hot and with a lot of midges early on. There were a lot of birds early on too, but action died down after a couple of hours. 

Collared Dove tyrkerdue

Whitethroat tornsanger, probably a bird hatched on the island

One of only a few Willow Warblers løvsanger present today

Best bird was a Collared Dove tyrkerdue - only the third sighting on Hernar and the first since 2012 when this species was seen twice during the autumn. Migrants were fairly thin on the ground, a Sedge Warbler sivsanger may well have been a bird that bred here, other than that there were small numbers of various waders including my first local Greenshank gluttsnipe of the year.

White-tailed Eagle havørn, Peregrine vandrefalk and Sparrowhawk spurvehauk all put in an appearance. 

Other than that the species list of 40 was more or less the usual suspects.

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