Sunday, September 03, 2017

Herdlevær 03 September 2017 - Should have been at Skogsøy....

Calm and sunny.

Today was never going to be a day for grounded migrants - the weather was just too nice. There was obviously a fair bit on the move but mostly at long range for Herdlevær (which is the same thing as good views at Skogsøy). Should have got up earlier and made more of an effort....

Waders were again the main thing migrating with the first thing I saw being a flock of around 200 Oysteratcher tjeld. Many other wader flocks passed but the vast majority were too far off to identify. Ringed Plover sandlo, Dunline myrsnipe and Golden Plover heilo were typically the most numerous species.

Male Common Scoter svartand

Cormorant storskarv

Shoveler skjeand (centre bird) with four Mallard stokkand

There were also some duck passing with a Shoveler skjeand together with four Mallard stokkand being the best sighting and just about close enough for a record shot. Meadow Pipits heipiplerke and Swallows låvesvale, Greylags grågås, Cormorant storskarv and others were also on the move today.

Passerine wise the best birds today were a couple of Yellow Wagtails gulerle - incredibly the first of the year in Øygarden.

Non-bird sightings of note included a school of Tuna makrellstorje beating up on some Mackerel and a couple of Porpoise nise.

Some of the Ruff brushane present at Tjeldstø today

At Tjeldstø Brambling bjørkefink were heard heading over as well as my first local Tree Pipit trepiplerke of the year. Several Ruff brushane together with a few Golden Plover heilo rested out in the reserve here.

Back home random sightings from the terrace included a Kestrel tårnfalk, at least three different White-tailed Eagles havørn, a continued passage of Swallows låvesvale and Common Gulls fiskemåke and potentially the bird of the day in the form of a Hobby lerkefalk. Had it not been for the rarity status here I would have claimed it - a falcon of the right shape, size and colour hunting Swallows couldn't really have been anything else.....

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