Monday, March 19, 2018

Øygarden 19 March 2018 - Rain at last

Light rain at first, sunny with fresh northerly winds later.

I woke up to cloudy skies and light drizzle. Just what I have been hoping for as this kick starts the thaw so many birds badly need right now.

There is obviously some turnover of birds now with things changing all the time - a great time of year....

I didn't really do much birding today - just a quick stroll at Breivik and a short stop at Solberg to eat my sandwiches. Otherwise it was just a few drive-bys during errands.

Curlew storspove at Harkestad

Hopefully the thaw is not too late for these guys....

Breivik produced one each of four thrush species - with a Mistle Thrush duetrost as the highlight.

Solberg was rather windswept with just a flock of 12 Long-tailed Duck havelle and a lone White-tailed Eagle havørn of any note.

A Curlew storspove attempted to feed in the fields at Harkestad - first one I have seen away from the shore this year.

A flock of 12 Starling stær beside Husvatnet were obviously new in and the biggest flock so far this year.

Otherwise it was the usual White-tailed Eagles havørn, Snipe enkeltbekkasin and a couple of Woodcock rugde thrown in for good measure.

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