Sunday, February 25, 2018

Øygarden 23.02 - 25.02.2018 More arrivals

Calm and coldish weather the last few days.

A quick trip to Solberg on 23.02 produced a Lapwing vipe resting out on one of the islands, a Curlew storspove and a flock of around 50 Purple Sandpipers fjæreplytt as well as Long-tailed Ducks havelle, White-tailed Eagle havørn etc.

On 24.02 the usual stroll at Herdlevær was generally rather quiet but a Little Grebe dvergdykker put in a short appearance and I saw my first Oystercatcher tjeld of the year - though the first in Øygarden were seen several days ago. A flock of six Greylags grågås were at Breivik.

I popped in at several places on 25.02. First up was a check for the Iceland Gull grønlandsmåke but there was no sign of it and there were generally few gulls there. A Goshawk hønsehauk at Breivik may well have been trying for some of the thrushes that are still about, though it could well have had an eye on the seven Greylag grågås present today. A Water Rail vannriske at Tjeldstø was the best sighting of the day and a pair of Greylags grågås wandered about on the frozen surface of Husvatnet.

Dåvøy was quieter than usual on the sea but three Snipe enkeltbekkasin and five Purple Sandpipers fjæreplytt were present.

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