Saturday, November 21, 2020

Øygarden 19 November - Northerly gale and another new for the year

 Strong northerly gale with short hailstorms.

Started at Hellesøy where gulls were feeding in the high winds, mostly Herring Gulls gråmåke but a couple of Kittiwake krykkje and a few Common Gulls fiskemåke with them. At least two White-tailed Eagle havørn here.

Redwing rødvingetrost at Herdlevær

Scaup bergand at Herdlevær

Next up was a family walk at Herdlevær, here the wind was if anything even stronger. A female Scaup bergand was one of the very few birds seen here although a few Redwing rødvingetrost, a Snipe enkeltbekkasin and a Sparrowhawk spurvehauk were among the sightings.

Lots of Blackbirds svarttrost and Starling stær flocks pretty much all over.

First year Moorehen sivhøne on Blomvatnet

Best bird today was the first Moorehen sivhøne of the year on Blomvatnet.

Common Scoter svartand at Nautnes

A few Common Scoter svartand were "surfing" in front of the house when I got home.

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