Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Tjeldstø 29 August 2007

Adult Arctic Tern rødnebbterne
Juvenile Arctic Tern rødnebbterne

A small flock of terns, largely Arctics rødnebbterne but with a few Common tern makrellterne with them taking advantage of the plentiful small fry in the area today.
Waderwise business as usual with a Greenshank gluttesnipe, a couple of Ruff brusfugl and a Turnstone steinvender as the best of the bunch. The other wader species were Curlew storspove, Golden Plover heilo, Ringed Plover sandlo and Common Snipe enkeltbekkasin.

Skogsøy 28 August 2007

Part of a flock of Ruff brusfugl at Breivik
Queit at Skogsøy today with the only birds of note three Great Skua storjo heading north and a Peregrine vandrefalk knocking around.
A flock of 11 Ruff brusfugl at Breivik on the way home...

Tjeldstø 27 August 2007

Greenshank gluttesnipe

A sinensis Cormorant mellomskarv on Husvatnet was yet more evidence that this sub-species is, or has been, grossly under recorded in Hordaland. The first two Wigeon brunakke of the autumn also turned up.
Small numbers of waders included a few Ruff brusfugl and a Greenshank gluttenipe,

Passerines flocking with some big flocks of Linnet tornirisk, Redpoll brunsisik and Meadow Pipit heipiplerke feeding in the area. A couple of Reed Bunting sivspurv were the first for a while.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Skogsøy 25 August 2007

Peregrine vandrefalk
A quiet yet productive day at Skogsøy - a couple of Sooty Shearwater grålire being the highlights. Other stuff included three Great Skua storjo and several Turnstone steinvender. Small numbers of Gannet havsule and only one Kittiwake krykkje....

Repeated views of at least one Peregrine vandrefalk, a White-tailed Eagle havørn. Passerine migration was represented by a couple of Wheatear steinskvett and the first Twite bergirisk flock (ca 20) of the autumn.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Tjeldstø 23 August 2007

Some of the Ruff brusfugl at Tjeldstø today

Back in the country again after a trip to Mallorca.
Calm and sunny conditions meant it was a pleasant walk around the reserve. Waders were the highlight with 13 Ruff brusfugl, four Golden Plover heilo, a Spotted Redshank sotsnipe, a Green Sandpiper skogsnipe, 14 Snipe enkeltbekkasin, a Lapwing vipe and a Common Sandpiper strandsnipe in the area.

Other species worth a mention were two Whinchat buskskvett, a Tree Pipit trepiplerke, two adult White-tailed Eagle havørn, a Great spotted Woodpecker flaggspett and a very early Goldeneye kvinand. And a Carrion Crow svartkråke

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Tjeldstø 14 August 2007

Two ruff brusfugl and a Greenshank gluttesnipe

Waders included at least four Greenshank gluttesnipe and two Ruff brusfugl.

Other migrants worth noting were the first Great Spotted Woodpecker flaggspett for some time, a Whicnchat buskskvett and a Swift tårnseiler.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Tjeldstø 12 August 2007

The only birds of note on an early morning walk with the dog were two Whinchat buskskvett.

Tjeldstø 12 August 2007

Some wader movement with at least three Greenshank gluttesnipe in the reserve, along with a Whimbrel småspove and six other species of wader. Big flocks of Meadow Pipit heipiplerke, Redpoll brunsisik and Barn Swallows låvsvale also in the area.

A record flock of 20 Black-headed Gull hettemåke was the best sighting of the day, normally this speices is seen only in small numbers.

At Nautnes a Great spotted Woodpecker flaggspett may be an indication that it will be another woodpecker autumn out here at the coast....

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Skogsøy 11 August 2007

Whitethroat tornsanger

An eternity since I last got out and about. A quick trip to Skogsøy was all there was time for, but it paid off with an adult Spotted Redshank sotsnipe heading south. The vast majority of stuff passing were waders with 140 Oystercatcher tjeld, a Greenshank gluttesnipe and several other species all on the move.

Back in the garden a Whitethroat tornsanger and a fly over Tree pipit trepiplerke were the only things of note.