Sep 30, 2011

Acro and Phyllo

Yesterday a morning on Sotra. After a walk on Herdlevær with birds few and far between, I met Håvard Husebo, who had found an Acro on Sele. I succesfully twitched it, although it showed very poorly. It had to be one of the common ones (Reed or Marsh) because of the wing length. HH took some pictures that (indeed) revealed it's identity as a Marsh Warbler. Rare bird in autumn!
Håvard also found a Yellow-browed Warbler on Turøy, which I saw as well, but again failed to get on camera.

Sep 28, 2011

Herdla late september

Quick trip to Herdla. Many Dunlins, a Little Stint, some 25 Grey Plovers and lots of Golden Plovers.  A Curlew Sandpiper on the golf course. Further a young Peregrine hunting and three young, shy White-tailed Eagles. Five Pink-footed Geese. One Lapland Bunting and three Wheatears, but no sign of the Red-throated Pipit.

One of the three White-tailed Eagles

Sep 4, 2011

Wet Herdla

Herdla is often best during bad weather in the wader-season. Today it was raining and indeed, it proved to be good. No special birds, but good numers. Some 400 Golden Plovers, 200 Ruff, 40 Bar-tailed Godwits, 100 Ringed Plovers, 150 Dunlin, six Little Stint, 30 Common Snipes, two Red Knots, one Curlew, four Grey Plovers, one Curlew Sandpiper and two Shellducks.

juvenile Red Knot
Also good numbers of Meadow Pipit and White Wagtail.

Sep 1, 2011


Skipped school today for a little birding, so went off to Herdla. Met Eirik Nydal Adolfsen and together we spent some hours. Nothing out of the ordinary, but good numbers of waders. Lots of Ruff, Golden Plovers, Dunlin,  Ringed Plover, Bar-tailed Godwits, three Little Stints and two or three Curlew Sandpiper. A Sparrowhawk and a Peregrine were hunting flyby's.

confiding, pristine juvenile Ringed Plover (note the little webs between the toes)