Sunday, October 30, 2016

Øygarden 30 October 2016 - Waxwings

SE, overcast with occasional light drizzle.

Herring Gull gråmåke at Hellesøy. A rather dark headed bird that really caught the eye....

I spent WAY too much time looking at an unusual Herring Gull gråmåke at Hellesøy. The dark head and neck were eye-catching but there was more to it than that. It behaved rather differently too and the other gulls also reacted to it - constantly chasing it off whenever it came it to try and catch some fish. Common Scoter svartand, Long-tailed Duck havelle, Red-throated Diver smålom and Snipe enkeltbekkasin were also seen here,

At Tjeldstø there were at least a dozen Snipe enkeltbekkasin, several Meadow Pipit heipiplerke, a Shoveler skjeand, a Teal krikkand and a Skylark sanglerke among the birds seen.

Waxwings sidensvans feeding on a variety of berries at Solsvik
These birds were photographed just south of Øygarden during a trip to the airport.

Waxwings sidensvans were seen at among other places Nautnes. Also at Nautnes were Blackcap munk, a flock of 18 aythya duck which were probably Tufted Duck toppand, White-tailed Eagles havørn, Brambling bjørkefink and most of the usual suspects.

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