Sunday, April 08, 2018

Tjeldstø 08 April 2018 - Survivor

Low cloud with light drizzle much of the day.

I spent much of the day getting stuff done in the house and, more importantly, garden today and only did a cursory look at Tjeldstø. The weather was obviously to blame for a number of grounded migrants - notably a flock of around 25 Meadow Pipits heipiplerke but also a couple of Pied Wagtails svartryggerle and a few White Wagtails linerle.

The only new bird for the year was a flyover Golden Plover heilo.

The Water Rail vannrikse which has spent even the coldest part of the winter here showed briefly today - though my camera stopped functioning at a rather critical moment so the pictures are nothing like as good as they could have been. I'm very glad this bird made it through the winter and was surprised to see it today as there are now unlimited areas for this bird to find food....maybe the feeding earlier in the year helped it survive through what must have been an exceedingly difficult period.

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