Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Solberg and Tjeldstø 11 January 2021 - Snipe in trouble....

 Another day of calm and cold weather

Just had time for a couple of short stops today. Solberg was first up and was generally quiet with just a single Long-tailed Duck havelle, a second year Kittiwake krykkje and a couple of White-tailed Eagles havørn.

Tjeldstø was perhaps even quieter, with two Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt out on the rocks and a couple of Snipe enkeltbekkasin in the one area I checked. Unfortunately tracks in the snow indicate the local cats are patrolling the ice free areas....just another threat when these birds are at their most vulnerable.

Massively cropped pictures of feeding Snipe enkeltbekkasin - it is vital not to unduly disturb these birds in the difficult times they are currently facing

The end of a Snipe enkeltbekkasin - tracks in the snow indicated that this bird was taken by a bird

However, some feathers and blood on the ice indicated that it was an avian predator that took a Snipe.

Back home at Nautnes a Curlew storspove fed on the shore and a couple of Common Scoter svartand spent the day diving in front of the house.

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