Perfect conditions for a day on Hernar. The season is drawing to a close - largely due to shortening daylight hours and boat timetables rather than lack of birds.
This was probably my last chance to visit the island this year so I went all in for a full day trip - no lunchtime return on a Monday:)
The short drive to Hellesøy just heightened the sende of anticipation with lots of thrushes and other burde flying up from the velges.
Eating breakfast and having a coffee whilst waiting for it to be light enough to bird I heard three Water Rails vannrikse. There was a fair bit of activity early on with various finches including Brambling bjørkefink, Redpolls gråsisik and Parrot crossbills furukorsnebb about.
A variety of locally interesting sightings and several new species for the island this year were seen including Merlin dvergfalk, Little Auk alkekonge, Mistle Thrush duetrost, Woodcock rugde, and Kittiwake krykkje.
Velvet Scoter sjøorre were seen both migrating and on the sea.
The boat ride back to Hellesøy gave another Little Auk alkekonge, a few flocks of Common Scoter svartand, more Red- throated Diver smålom, several more Black Guillemots teist and a flock of 20 Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt among other things.