Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Hjelme Vest 20 March 2018 - The thaw continues

Absolutely cracking weather, mild, warm AND calm.

Insects were hatching today (even saw a moth this evening) and although the lakes are frozen the ground itself and the boggy bits that haven't been drained yet had a good thaw today. There is hope!

Spent much of the day at home with my youngest today but did manage to check out Hjelme Vest under almost ideal conditions - flat calm and bright. I was rather late so the sun gave problems towards the south.

Several Gannet havsule were close in today....

There was nothing out of the ordinary really apart from some Gannets havsule that were closer in than they tend to be at this locality. A flock of at least 85 Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt was typical for the time of year -numbers often increase now. A minimum of five Black Guillemot teist, a couple of Great Northern Diver islom, one each of Guillemot lomvi and Razorbill alke along with around 40 Long-tailed Duck havelle were also present.

Grey Seal havert, Otter, White-tailed Eagle havørn, Rock Pipit skjærpiplerke, a couple of Curlew storspove and a few flocks of resting Oystercatcher tjeld were among the other species seen.

Survivor - this bird has spent much of the latter part of the winter on its own. Its parents showed it a good place to try before the cold set in for real and it has stuck to it when all the other swans left. It now looks like this tactic has worked - in a day or two this swan's problems should be over. Now it is back at a more traditional place and with mild conditions forecast it should be fine...

Elsewhere Snipe enkeltbekkasin and a selection of the usual spring migrants were seen. The orphaned Whooper sangsvane was at Tjeldstø waiting for the thaw - it looks like this bird has made it on his own through the much of the winter. It is quite likely that the dead adult (still being eaten) at Tjeldstø is one of its parents....

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