Saturday, June 01, 2019

Øygarden 26.05 - 27.05 The young ones and more seawatching

A very relaxing Sunday saw me and my youngest one out and about finding lots more young ones. Breeding Ringed Plovers sandlo at two locations - at least one of the pairs with four young, newly hatched Lapwing vipe at Tjeldstø and a Meadow Pipit heipiplerke nest with two young, a few Mallard stokkand with their young and hopeful were among the finds.

A very quick glimpse of the Meadow Pipit heipiplerke nest we found

Female Mallard stokkand leading her young to safety

An adult Ringed Plover sandlo keeps an eye on its young

Spotted Flycatcher gråfluesnapper

Wryneck vandehals

Other birds included a Wryneck vendehals seen very closely (but not photographed very well!) at Hatten, my first Spotted Flycatcher gråfluesnapper of the year.

On 27.05 with sunny conditions and a brisk northerly it was time to get back to Skogsøy for a couple of hours early morning seawatching before work. This resulted in the usual suspects in the form of a Great Skua storjo, 60 Gannets havsule, Kittiwakes krykkje, several Puffiin lunde and small numbers of Guillemot lomvi and Razorbill alke. Not quite as expected was a lone Temminck's stint temminkssnipe heading north. Just 17 Red-throated Diver smålom today.

A drive-by at Blomvatnet on the way into work produced a Sedge Warbler sivsanger and the usual suspects.