Sunday, October 14, 2012

Skogsøy 14 October 2012 - Good but should have stayed at home

Hard frost, clear sky and a light easterly.

Good migration conditions again and a couple of hours seawatching at Skogsøy paid off pretty well. Definite wintery feel to the day with quite a few winter species putting in an appearance:

Gadwall snadderand 1 S new species for Skogsøy!
Great-crested Grebe toppdykker 1 S new species for Skogsøy!
Glaucous Gull polarmåke 1 3K S
Great Northern Diver islom 2 S
Red-throated Diver smålom 14 S
Velvet Scoter sjøorre 8 S
Common Scoter svartand 168 S
Eider ærfugl 52 S
Cormorant storskarv 58 S
Shag toppskarv 21 S
Gannet havsule 21 S
Razorbill alke 9 S
Guillemot lomvi 3 S
Little Auk alkekonge 2 S
Black Guillemot teist 1 S
Kittiwake krykkje 4 S

Other birds included a Grey-headed Woodpecker gråspett, a couple of White-tailed Eagles havørn and the first Purple Sandpipers fjæreplytt of the autumn. Three pale grey waders were the ones that got away today.

White-tailed Eagle havørn

Whilst I was seawatching I missed a Common Buzzard musvåk which flew over my house! Should have stayed at home....The buzzard was seen by some of the approximately 13 visiting birders that came to see the Buff-bellied Pipit myrpiplerke which remains faithful to the same fields it was found on several days ago. Birders travelled from as far away as Lista to see the bird today.

In the evening I left the house to give directions to some birders who had come to see the pipit. This short walk proved very productive - a pipit with a short tree pipit like call flew in and landed in a tree - showing a very prominent whitish eyestripe. It promptly disappeared but was heard again. The chances that this was an Olive-backed Pipit sibirpiplerke were very high indeed. Other good birds in a local context seen during this walk were eight Goldfinch stillits and 10 Long-tailed Tits stjertmeis.

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