Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Øygarden 05 September 2017 - Its raining Snipe

Finally some rain and southerly windsNot that I'd want that every day :)

Herdlevær was one of the obvious choices and was the first place visited today. Small numbers of Sanderling sandløper, Dunlin myrsnipe and Ringed Plover sandlo and others were present on the shore along with a single Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt.

When Dunlin myrsnipe don't have mud or sand to probe in they still use the length of their bills.....

Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt with Sanderling sandløper - although neither species is rare in Øygarden it is not often I photograph them together.

A total of around 20 Snipe enkeltbekkasin flew over here as did a flock of Ruff brushane.

Passerine wise it was much the same as usual with good numbers of Meadow Pipit heipiplerke and White Wagtail linerle feeding in the area.

Not much in the way of wildfowl with just a flock of six Wigeon brunnakke of any interest.

Snipe enkeltbekkasin at Tjeldstø

After this Snipe enkeltbekkasin were seen everywhere with approximately 30 flying over during a brief visit to Tjeldstø. Many more were seen feeding in the fields and elsewhere.

Flocks of Meadow Pipit heipiplerke, White Wagtail linerle, Starling stær and Fieldfare gråtrost were everywhere today along with smaller numbers of Redwing rødvingetrost etc.

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