Monday, June 09, 2008

Skogsøy 07 June

Linnet tornirisk
Last of the divers....?

Tired looking Raven ravn parent

Very quiet both weatherwise and birdwise. Diver migration was limited to just over 20 Red-throated Diver smålom and the only other birds of interest were a few Arctic Skua tyvjo.

The Ravens ravn have fledged at least a couple of young - something that they made a lot of noise about.

A Peregrine vandrefalk hunted over Tjeldstø later in the day.

Hjelme 06 June 2008

Spent some time trying to get to grips with a rather elusive Garden Warbler hagesanger which gave only the most fleeting of views; however, it did sing and is probably breeding in the area. At least one singing Blackcap munk there too.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Øygarden 05 June 2008

Curlew storspove
Ringed Plover sandlo at Herdlevær
Ringed Plover sandlo
Lapwing vipe

Fairly quiet with best birds being the Reed Warbler rørsanger still singing at Breivik where three Collared Dover tyrkedue also flew over.

Oystercatcher tjeld and newly hatched chick

Otherwise business as usual including a nice pair of Ringed Plover sandlo at Herdlevær. Lots of birds now with young - watched an Oystercatcher tjeld chick battle its way out of its egg yesterday...

Arctic tern rødnebbterne

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Breivik 02 June 2008 - Reed Warbler

The only glimse I got of this elusive bird....
Reed Warbler rørsanger (foto: Bjørnar Skjold)
Only managed a quick trip to Breivik to check out the Reed Warbler rørsanger that may have been present for up to three weeks(!). After an initial brief sighting I stood for over half an hour with the bird singing only a few metres away from me - without seeing it at all in this time.
At least two Sedge Warbler sivsanger singing in the same area and another holding territory a few hundred metres away.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Skogsøy 01 June 2008

Above and below: Arctic Skua tyvjo

Eight Brent Geese ringgås and one Barnacle Goose hvitkingås (left hand bird)
Velvet Scoters sjøorre
Very calm conditions today. Highlight was a single Manx Shearwater havlire heading south. Next best were small numbers of Brent Geese ringgås and a lone Barnacle Goose hvitkingås. Some migration still going on with just under 40 Red-throated Diver smålom heading north along with a few Arctic Skua tyvjo, Common Scoter svartand, Velvet Scoter sjøorre and a couple of Whimbrel småspove.
A Reed Warbler rørsanger sang at Breivik along with at least two Sedge Warlbers sivsanger.