Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Øygarden 11-12 September - A seawatch at last

Windy and showery!

A quick walk at Breivik on 11th turned up five Ruff brushane as the best sighting - not as many around this year compared to previous years and incredibly these were the first I've seen in Øygarden this autumn.

White-tailed Eagle havørn from the terrace

White-tailed Eagles havørn have been hanging in the wind outside the house a lot during the last few days.

Gannet havsule

On 12th I made an afternoon dash to Skogsøy and was rewarded with distant views of a Sooty Shearwater grålire, a Fulmar havhest and an Arctic Skua tyvjo chasing a tern. Plenty of Gannets havsule, a single Red-throated Diver smålom and not much else passed.

On the way home I popped in at Tjeldstø where I caught up with a Rosy Starling rosenstær that had been reported there earlier in the day. Judging by the moult pattern it could well have been the same bird that I saw at Breivik a couple of days ago.

A couple of Knot polarsnipe fed on the shore in front of the house earlier in the day.

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