Magic to be home again and to not wear a face mask!! Quarantine at home is no different from pre-COVID life with time divided between working at home and out in the field.
There was a lot of stuff to catch up on so I was barely out on 29 March - drove to Tjeldstø to pick up some groceries that were bought for me and that was about it. Despite that there were some photo opportunities- roadside Herons gråhegre performed well:)
What a difference a week makes at this time of year! Despite (or perhaps because of) the calm, dull and wet weather there were a lot of new birds in on 30 March.
I started with my usual round at Herdlevær where two Meadow Pipits heipiplerke were the first I've seen this year (though the first in Øygarden were seen whilst I was away), Woodpigeons ringdue, Ringed Plover sandlo, singing Chaffinch bokfink, a Snipe enkeltbekkassin and more.
At Kollsnes four Lesser Black-backed Gulls sildemåke were another new for the year (again, the first were seen in Øygarden over a week ago), a flock of six Linnet tornirisk (first of the year for the county as well as Øygarden) and a couple of Skylark sanglerke.
Husvatnet held the first Black-headed Gull hettemåke of the spring, a roding Snipe enkeltbekkasin and at least 20 Common Gull fiskemåke. A flock of 80 Starling stær flew over here - spring vibes:)
At Hatten a flock of four Lesser Redpoll brunsisik were present (they have been there for over a week now), 25+ Chaffinch bokfink, Great Spotted Woodpecker flaggspett and plenty more.
Back home at Nautnes an odd Rock Pipit skjærpiplerke had the pulse racing for a bit with one white outer tail feather, very pale underparts, paleish legs and what appeared to be brownish back. Turns out the brown colour seems to be worn primaries. The rest I put down to the enormous variability of this species - I'm sure different populations must move through Øygarden. At least two White-tailed Eagle havørn, two pairs of Greylag now settled in and (drum roll please) the first House Sparrows gråspurv at my feeder this year.
At least three different Song Thrush måltrost singing at various locations really gave the day a springlike feel despite the conditions.