Thursday, January 25, 2018

Øygarden 25 January 2018 - Plugging some more gaps.

Light Westerlies, mostly sunny.

Excellent weather after a night of strong gales. Pity I have to work for a living and could not spend such a wonderful day outside.

As usual it boiled down to some hurried drive-bys and a very short walk or two.

At Hellesøy there was a Great Northern Diver islom on the sea but little else other than the usual White-tailed Eagles havørn.

Robins rødstrupe seem to be coping well with plenty around still

Sæle produced a Starling stær among a flock of thrushes and incredibly my first Goldcrest fuglekonge of the year. How on earth it has taken so many days without seeing one of the commonest woodland birds out here I will never know. Perhaps it has something to do with not being able to hear them when walking in crunchy snow - something that has now thankfully disappeared.

Massively cropped picture of the Lapwing vipe at Tjeldstø - it should now be able to find food in the fields and probably also on the shoreline.

At Tjeldstø a Lapwing vipe was the best sighting - hardly a surprise given the recent weather conditions.

As usual I spent most of the day at home in front of the computer but managed to pick up a Curlew storspove in the scope during a telephone call.

Redwings rødvingetrost were pretty much everywhere and suddenly greatly outnumber Fieldfare gråtrost as the commonest thrush.

Elsewhere in Øygarden a Scaup bergand was reported - worth a check tomorrow.....

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