Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Herdlevær and Skogsøy 31.08 - 01.09 - Taking it easy

A relaxing weekend with my daughters - I took things very easy but still managed to get some late and lazy birding in here and there.

On 31 August we did the usual Herdlevær round picking up my first local Bar-tailed Godwit lappspove of the year along with a variety of other waders including Whimbrel småspove, Sanderling sandløper and Turnstone steinvender.

On 01 September I did a short walk at Tjeldstø where the best bird was a Knot polarsnipe (not often seen in the reserve) along with several other species of wader. At least three White-tailed Eagles havørn gave stunning views in the sunshine. An obvious arrival of Wheatear steinskvett was also noted.

In the afternoon I did an hour of seawatching at Skogsøy. Best birds were two Great Skua storjo heading south. Plenty of passage with Common Gulls fiskemåke, Oystercatcher tjeld, Cormorant storskarv and Gannet havsule the most numerous species on the move. Four Red-throated Diver smålom were the first of the autumn for me.

Some waders on the deck here too with an adult Bar-tailed Godwit lappspove, 10 Ruff brushane, a Knot polarsnipe and a Sanderling sandløper among the species.

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