Lightly oiled Red-breated Merganser siland, Alvheim
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Øygarden 21 January 2007
Lightly oiled Red-breated Merganser siland, Alvheim
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Øygarden 19 January 2007
Again plenty of White-tailed Eagles havørn - seemingly feasting on the victims of the oil spill. Sparrowhawk spurvhauk, a few Curlew storspove, Ruddy Turnstone steinvender and Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt all seen as incidentals.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Øygarden 18 January 2007
Male Blackcap munk - picture taken through a far from clean sitting room window
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Øygarden 17 January 2007
Didn't get out today, just a quick "drive by" during the usual household chores. Only a few of the 100 or so Red-breasted Merganser siland I saw were obviously oiled. Thankfully most of them keep to areas that are thus far unaffected by the recent oil spill.
Despite the snowfall many flocks were full of the joys of spring - the males cavorting around the females in full courtship displays.....
A treatment centre will open in Øygarden tomorrow to take care of oiled seabirds - I hope to be out catching them. Watch this space....
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
The carnage continues.....
More pictures from today can be found here.
The species most affected is the Long-tailed Duck havelle with approximately 20 oiled individuals at Svelingen alone. Plenty of Eiders ærfugl are also stricken by the spill - over 25% of those I saw near Hjelme church were oiled to some degree. On the offshore islands birds are distant and hard to observe but judging by behaviour there are many more affected than the "few" I saw. Here is one female eider that will not be lining her nest with down plucked from her own chest this year:
Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt at Svellingen today....
Adult White-tailed Eagle havørn on the lookout for oiled birds....
Once again not much evidence of the authorities in the places I visited today....they are no doubt prioritising areas that are stricken even more badly.
A single Northern Gannet havsule was the 15th species to be affected by this disaster.
The only other bird of note was a Kestrel tårnfalk near Svellingen.
Monday, January 15, 2007
The Server Tragedy, 13-15 January 2007
Oiled Herring Gull gråmåke at Solberg
At Solberg several of the 100+ Long-tailed Duck havelle and a few of the Eiders ærfugl present were obviously oiled and there were several more contaminated gulls here.Alvheim was also affected with the first Black Guillemot teist of the year seen hauled up on the rocks desperately trying to preen oil off its plumage. This bird caught the eye of a patrolling White-tailed Eagle havørn which attempted to catch it, the auk evaded capture by jumping into the sea - not only did it escape but surfaced with a small fish in its beak!
Juvenile White-tailed Eagle havørn moving in for the kill
One can only wonder at the effect of eating oiled birds will have on the local raptors. Eagles and other birds of prey will have an easy time of catching the stricken seaduck and auks but will risk becoming oiled themselves - and will perhaps also ingest oil too.
The stench of oil was the first thing that struck me at Svellingen and nearly all the birds seen here were oiled. Contaminated birds here included 15 Long-tailed Duck havelle, at least one Common Scoter svartand, a few Eider ærfugl and a Guillemot lomvi in addition to the gulls.
Oiled female Long-tailed Duck havelle, Hellesøy
The misery continued at Hellesøy where there were two more oiled Long-tailed Ducks havelle. A female on the sea evaded capture and a male that was so far gone that I had no option but to end its suffering with a piece of driftwood I found lying nearby.
Badly oiled male Long-tailed Duck havelle
Other birds of interest today included Purple Sandpipers fjæreplytt, Common Snipe enkeltbekkasin and a few small flocks of Fieldfare gråtrost.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Saturday 13 January 2007
At Solberg at least one, probably two Eurasian Curlew storspove were the first for several days, plenty of Long-tailed Duck havelle and Eiders ærfugl in the bay - forced in by heavy seas further out.
At Tjeldstø a small flock of Purple Sandpipers fjæreplytt were the first of 2007 and a few Common Snipe enkeltbekkasin in the usual place. Four Whooper Swan sangsvane is the highest count thus far this winter - a very poor year for this species. A few Redwing rødvingtrost joined flocks of Fieldfare (40+) gråtrost in the area.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Øygarden 11 January 2007
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Øygarden 09 January 2007
Monday, January 08, 2007
Øygarden 08 January 2007
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Solberg 07 January 2007
Took a stroll down to Solberg without the scope (silly I know) but with my new camera. Best birds were a couple of Turnstone steinvender - where were they during the New Year bird race ?! Most of the usual stuff also present but amazingly no eagles today...
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Skogsøy 04 January 2006
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Øygarden 03 January 2006
At Solberg at least three White-tailed Eagles havørn gave superb views and repeatedly scared up all the Long-tailed Duck havelle and other seaduck. Passerines unsurprisingly few and far between with just a Rock Pipit skjærpiplerke and three Fieldfare gråtrost to be seen.
Monday, January 01, 2007
Øygarden 01 January 2007
White-tailed Eagles havørn all over the place again.