Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Herdlevær and Nautnes 04-05 August 2019 - a good tern year

Hot and sunny.

One of many Wheatear steinskvett at Herdlevær

My usual stroll at Herdlevær produced some migrants on 04 August with my first Knot polarsnipe of the autumn heading south with Oystercatchers tjeld. A Spotted Flycatcher gråfluesnapper was the first I have seen there this year too. Other migrants included a couple of Greenshank gluttsnipe, a skein of southbound Greylags grågås (good timing at the hunting season started the same day!).

Back home at Nautnes a Peregrine vandrefalk flew over the garden.

I spent much of 05 August out fishing but had a Grey-headed Woodpecker gråspett from the garden and a Green Sandpiper skogsnipe at Hatten among other things. Lots of terns about with decent flocks of both Common Tern makrellterne and Arctic Terns rødnebbterne, with quite a few fledged young of both species - a good tern year at last!

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