Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Herdlevær 01 May 2018 - Taking it easy / Skogsøy blunder

Light SE winds and occasional very light rain.

I took things very easy today and checked a few places that I haven't paid much attention to of late. The thinking was that conditions were not perceived to be ideal for Skogsøy. In reality I wanted to stay in bed past 0500 today....

Female Ring Ousel ringtrost

Whimbrel småspove

A stroll around Herdlevær was generally fairly quiet although it did produce the only new species for the year of the day in the form of a female Ring Ousel ringtrost. I missed out on the first wave of these back in mid April so it was a relief to not have to wait for the autumn for another chance.

I stupidly spent my lunchbreak seawatching. An hour from Herdlevær showed that there was a decent passage despite the less than ideal seawatching conditions - over 40 Red-throated Diver smålom in an hour along with a smattering of other species including a Whimbrel småspove that dropped down and landed. Should have gone to Skogsøy after all.....

A few Twite bergirisk at various locations, Ringed Plover sandlo at their usual breeding site, a White-tailed Eagle havørn at a probable breeding site was doing its best to remain invisible, Some Black-headed Gulls hettemåke and Tufted Duck toppand at Tjeldstø where they were reported breeding some decades ago but I have yet to see concrete proof that they do. Most springs Black-headed Gulls turn up, start acting noisy and looking like they may breed but always do a disappearing act again.

Lesser Whitethroat møller heard singing from the garden.