FINALLY made it out of the house for a couple of quick trips.
Getting out in the field showed that there are indeed birds to be seen if one can get away from a computer.
My usual round at Herdlevær on 01 July was almost too hot to bird despite it being early morning. Best bird was a migrating Whimbrel småspove.
On 02 July in slightly cooler and windier conditions there was not much going on over the sea - just small numbers of Gannets havsule and Common Scoter svartand. That was until shortly after 0800 when two Sandwich Terns splitterne headed south at decent range. This species is barely annual in Øygarden.
Lesser Black-backed Gull sildemåke
Male Linnet tornirisk - one of the commoner finches in Øygarden during the breeding season
Above and below: Sandwich Tern splitterne (together with Common Gull fiskemåke below)
On my way home I picked up a smart male Ruff brushane at Husvatnet and a Woodcock rugde at Sture.
Male Ruff brushane in for landing
Males in almost full breeding dress are not a common sight in Øygarden - although the species used to breed at Tjeldstø just a few decades ago