Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Øygarden 22.04-24.04 First Cuckoo of the 2018 for Norway

After a manic period of work which saw me on four different vessels in less than a week in Bergen, Aberdeen, Sløvåg and Austevoll I finally made it home and managed to catch up a little.

Part of a flock of 45 Curlew storspove that flew in off the sea and over my house

One of at least two Great Spotted Woodpecker flaggspett that have been frequenting my garden of late

On 22.04 a late and lazy seawatch produced little other than the usual Gannet havsule, a Kittiwake krykkje and several Guillemots lomvi. Back home at Nautnes the highlight was a flock of 45 Curlew storspove that flew over the house after the rain set in. Twite bergirisk over my terrace was my first of the year as was a singing Willow Warbler løvsanger.

On 23.04 the best birds were at Tjeldstø with Hawifinch kjernebiter the best of the bunch,other sightings included a couple of Pied Wagtail svartryggerle among all the White Wagtails linerle, a flock of 20 Brambling bjørkefink and a hunting Peregrine vandrefalk.

Woodcock rugde was seen roding at Nautnes in the evening as usual.

The 24th saw a bit more time out and about. This resulted in the first Cuckoo gjøk for Norway at Tjeldstø - and the earliest ever record for Øygarden. The Hawfinch kjernebiter put in an appearance again and a Goldfinch stillits turned up at the same place. A pair of Shelduck gravand flying low over Rotevatnet were another good sighting for this locality. Other migrants included several Golden Plover heilo and Brambling bjørkefink. A Guillemot lomvi fed on the sea along with a Common Scoter svartand (both species were also present the previous day).

Once the rain stopped it was time for a trip out to Skogsøy where a male Blackcap munk was something of a surprise on the way out - the first for Øygarden this year at a rather unusual locality. Rather more expected was a single adult White-billed Diver gulnebblom and around 20 Red-throated Diver smålom during an hour and a half of seawatching between 12:15 and 13:45-

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