Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Øygarden 06 - 08 September 2021 - Promising conditions fail to deliver

Southerly winds with some precipitation at long last!

The conditions seemed good to deposit migrants out here on the islands but did not deliver the goods in any big way. 

A short session at Skogsøy on 06 September failed on pretty much all counts with little other than Gannets havsule passing. A couple of White-tailed Eagles havørn and a Peregrine vandrefalk were all that were on offer here.

Popping in at Tjeldstø on the way home produced just one Ruff brushane and a small increase in the number of Wigeon brunnakke present.

My usual round at Herdlevær on 07 September did ever so slightly better with a Little Stint dvergsnipe joining a couple of Ringed Plover sandlo. Also the first Wheatear steinskvett since my return and a few Wigeon brunnakke.

On the way home a Woodcock rugde feeding at Alvheim was the best sighting - no doubt a local breeder but uncommon to see them out in the open.

On 08 September conditions were identical to the previous day -misty with light drizzle. An identical round to the previous day produced just singles of Knot polarsnipe, a Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt and a couple of Wheatear steinskvett. A flock of at least 11 Teal krikkand were at Kollsnes - so some wildfowl obviously started to move. 

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