Monday, April 09, 2018

Herdlevær 09 April 2018 - Dodgy gull and Hawfinch

Calm with low cloud and drizzle again.

Did a quick check at Herdlevær where I had my first Chiff-chaff gransanger and Dunnock jernspurv of the year. Other than that there were Meadow Pipits heipiplerke setting up territories, a Pied Wagtail svartryggerle, Wheatear steinskvett, displaying Snipe enkeltbekkasin and a lone Long-tailed Duck havelle.

The top right bird had bright yellow legs but is likely to be an omissus Herring Gull. No open wing shots....

A drive-by at Tjeldstø produced a dodgy looking gull which disappeared whilst I was parking the car in order to study the bird in  more detail, may well just be an omissus Herring Gull gråmåke as it seemed quite dainty compared to a normal Herring Gull.

Occurrence of Hawfinch in Øygarden (from artsobs)

A short trip out in the evening gave brief views of a Hawfinch kjernebiter, Brambling bjørkefink and the usual. The Hawfinch was very shy and although seen well with binoculars it flew as soon as I even tried to touch my camera. This is quite a rare species in Øygarden although it has been pretty much annual for the last several years.

Woodock rugde roding over my house at Nautnes and a smattering of migrants here too.

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