Friday, May 10, 2024

Øygarden 05 May 2024 - A lazy start to a misty day

A foggy morning - the sea fret caused by a long period of warm weather finally rolled in. This meant no early start for seawatching and visits to localities less visited.

Once again the lone male Black Grouse orrfugl showed well along with more newly arrived Lesser Whitethroat møller and Common Whitethorat tornsanger.

Black Grouse orrfugl in the fog

At Hjelme a Grey-headed Woodpecker gråspett showed quite well and a couple of Jay nøtteskrike put in an appearance. 

Grey-headed Woodpecker in the fog
I should have strictly speaking waited for the bird to turn its head....

Common Sandpiper strandsnipe

Tjeldstø was relatively quiet but a male Sparrowhawk spurvehauk,a flock of eight Golden Plover heilo, some Common Scoter svartand heading down the fjord were among the species seen.

Back home birds seen included a displaying Snipe enkeltbekkasin and a migrating Whimbrel småspove

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