Monday, December 03, 2018

Øygarden 01-02 December 2018 - Typical early December birding

I covered some of the usual localities to see what was going on. It was all very typical early December with Fieldfares gråtrost (flocks of up to 50) and small numbers of Redwing rødvingetrost still around.

Common Scoter svartand

Wader wise it was almost situation normal with a few Snipe enkeltbekkasin, a couple of Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt at Herdlevær and Curlew storspove from the house as I changed to winter tyres. A small wader at Herdlevær on 02 December was a lot more interesting - looking rather common sandpiper like but I didn't get good enough views to clinch any kind of ID. Whatever it was it would have been a good record given the time of year.

First year Great Northern Diver islom

A Great Northern Diver islom on the sea at Herdlevær showed well (at least in the scope) on both days.

Taiga Bean Goose sædgås

Highlight was a Bean Goose sædgås at Breivik on 01 December. Probably a "taiga" (fabalis) given the length of the beak and the general size of the bird

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