Sunday, March 31, 2013

Tjeldstø 31 March 2013 - More arrivals

Sunny at first, clouding over later. Southerly winds.

Golden Plover heilo

Starling stær

Whoopers sangsvane

A stroll around the reserve produced the first Golden Plover heilo in Hordaland this year. Small numbers of Teal krikkand were the first I have seen this year but have been in the area for more than a week. Another new bird in was a Curlew storspove which displayed over Husvatnet.

Several Whoopers sangsvane on Husvatnet and most of the usual suspects also seen.

In the afternoon family errands resulted in the first Yellowhammer gulspurv of the year near Sture

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Tjeldstø 30 March 2013 - Jackdaw

The calm and sunny weather continues.

Recird shot of Jackdaw kaie (taken through sitting room window)

Barely out at all today and the only noteworthy sighting was a Jackdaw kaie seen from the sitting room window. This was the first I've seen in Øygarden this year - the first were seen at Nautnes about a week ago.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Skogsøy 29 March 2013 - Spring Migration

Calm and sunny yet again.

Considering the lengthy period of suitable migration weather today was pretty good - highlights were a Lapland Bunting lappspurv flying in off the sea, a few Shelduck gravand and the first migrating Puffins lunde of the year.

Cormorant storskarv

Common Scoter svartand and Eider ærfugl

Curlew storspove

Eider ærfugl

Oystercatcher tjeld

Shelduck gravand

Over 370 Oystercatcher tjeld headed north and the usual selection of early spring stuff were seen in smaller numbers.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Herdlevær 28 March 2013

Sunny with light northerly wind.

It was after lunch before I managed to get out and with lots of people out and about there was little to see.

Greylag grågås pair claiming their territory

Small numbers of most of the usual suspects including several Lapwings vipe were all that was to be seen. Greylags grågås already settling in nicely.

Hernar 27 March 2013 - First trip to Hernar

Almost predictably calm and sunny and with a very heavy overnight frost.

Blackbirds svarttrost in various pluamges

The first trip to Hernar of year. Not much in the way of migrants though a Song Thrush måltrost was the first I've had this year and there were quite a lot of Blackbirds svarttrost about - seeming to find food despite the hard frost.

Other half-decent sightings were a couple of Black Grouse orrfugl and a Woodcock rugde.

Some Greylag grågås and Cormorant storskarv passage overhead.

Breivik 25 March 2013 - Mistle Thrush again

Yet another gloriously sunny and calm day.

Still not getting out much but a quick stroll at Breivik produced a Mistle Thrush duetrost along with the usual Woodpigeons ringdue etc.

White-tailed Eagle havørn

Whoopers sangsvane with Greylags grågås

Plenty of eagles soaring about various places and a family of Whoopers sangsvane joined the geese on the part of Husvatnet that has thawed.

Tjeldstø 24 March 2013

Cold and sunny

Small numbers of the usual early spring arrivals but migration obviously later than usual. Greylag grågås numbers up to 60 and White-tailed Eagles havørn typically very obvious.

A Woodcock rugde was seen roding in the evening.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Tjeldstø 18 March 2013

Strong easterly and feeling very cold.

Just time for the quickest of walks at Tjeldstø.

Best bird was a hunting Peregrine vandrefalk which caused some mayhem among the gulls.

Peregrine vandrefalk

 Starlings stær

Otherwise just more of the same and a further increase in numbers of Starling stær and Blackbird svarttrost.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Skogsøy and Tjeldstø 17 March 2013 - More spring

South easterly winds, decent weather.

The thaw continues as does the arrival of more migrants.

Made the classic mistake of sleeping in and thereby ruined what may have been a half-decent day at Skogsøy. Sat for a couple of hours 09:00-11:00 and caught the tail end of the day's migration.

Cormorant storskarv

Shag toppskarv

Highlights were a Red-throated Diver smålom heading north and the a first Black-headed Gulls hettemåke of the year. A couple of Woodcock rugde were almost certainly new in and small numbers of Oystercatcher tjeld were on the move.

Heavily cropped record shot of Mistle Thrush duetrost

At Tjeldstø the Mistle Thrush duetrost showed again, 10 Woodpigeon ringdue were newly arrived and a Siskin grønnsisik turned up in the garden

Some larger flocks of Starling stær were seen various places inlcuded 60 at Breivik and 40 at Tjeldstø.

Another good sighting was a Golden Eagle kongeørn seen flying over Knappen, Toftøy.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Breivik and Tjeldstø 16 March 2013 - Spring!

Relatively mild after overnight snow.

Part of the Lapwing vipe flock at Breivik

Some real signs of spring today with 22 Lapwing vipe at Breivik, along with 25 Greylags grågås and small flocks of Starling stær.

 Typically very flighty this Mistle Thrush duetrost did its best to avoid being photographed

A tip-off about a Mistle Thrush duetrost at Skjold proved fruitless but I found either it or another bird at Tjeldstø - it flew over just as I had given up and was about to head home. Other stuff seen during the search included several more Lapwing vipe, a Woodcock rugde (new in?), a few flocks of Starling stær, Fieldfares gråtrost and a fly over Siskin grønnsisik.

Things are on the move at last.....

White-tailed Eagles havørn on the ice at Tjeldstø

Whoopers sangsvane at Kollsnes

Friday, March 15, 2013

Herdlevær 15 March 2013

South-easterly winds and cool with it. Everything still pretty much frozen.

Part of a flock of more than 20 Greylags grågås at Breivik

More Greylags grågås at Breivik, Tjeldstø, Herdlevær etc obviously starting to arrive in some numbers.

At Herdlevær just a few Oystercatcher tjeld and very little else indeed.

Øygarden 14 March 2013

Barely out of the house at all.

Solberg produced my first Oystercatcher tjeld of the year with one resting on one of the islands and a flock of 25 heading north. Otherwise quiet here with just five Velvet Scoter sjøorre of note.

The surviving Whoopers sangsvane of the winter fed on an ice-free portion of Rotevatnet, Tjeldstø and a further six adults were at Kollsnes.

Whoopers sangsvane at Kollsnes
Small flocks of Greylags grågås seen various places.