Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Øygarden 22 October - Uncommon Buzzard

Despite the offshore easterly winds I started the day seawatching. There was plenty moving:)

Hightlights were an adult White-billed Diver gulnebblom, a Great Northern Diver islom and two large divers that could have been either of these two - distance was not really an issue but I got onto them too late:( A Little Auk alkekonge, decent movement of seaduck and a good variety of other species including three White-tailed Eagle havørn, a flock of Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt and more meant that it was never dull. Marine mammals also featured with a couple of Porpoise and what could only have been a Risso's Dolphin with a long, thin and falcate dorsal fin. 

Common Scoter svartand on the sea at Skogsøy

Purple Sandpipers fjæreplytt heading north

White-tailed Eagle havørn coming in off the sea having bullied a couple of GBBG svartbak

An ongoing military exercise put paid to two of my plans (rare pipits and fishing) so I briefly checked another couple of localities. I was rewarded by a roadside Common Buzzard musvåk at Nautnes. Chiff-chaff gransanger, Blackcap munk, Waxwing sidensvans and Parrot Crossbills furukorsnebb were among the species at Sæle.

Common Buzzard musvåk at Nautnes - lower two pictures through the car window

Chiff-chaff gransanger at Sæle

Goldfinch stillits at Nautnes

Part of a flock of Waxwing sidensvans at Sæle

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