Saturday, 8 September 2012

Little Stints and record count of Pochard

Yesterday saw a mini influx of waders at Kurefjorden with 1 Black-tailed (svarthalsspove) and 8 Bar-tailed Godwits (lappspove) (or 8 Black-tailed and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit depending on the observer ) plus Sanderling (sandløper) and the usual stuff.
My visit there today showed that birds are moving through quickly as I only had 3 Bar-tails but I did also have single Curlew Sandpiper (tundrasnipe), Little Stint (dvergsnipe) and Knot and 41 Dunlin (myrsnipe).
Then onto Lysakermoa where today there were 81 Cranes (trane) including 4 juveniles showing that there is movement here aswell (om Wednesday we had a similar number of birds, 84, with but only juv). Also here 3 Little Stints and a juv Peregrine (vandrefalk) plus increasing numbers of ducks.
Into Akershus and a male Merlin (dvergfalk) perched by the road allowing me to snap off a couple of pictures and at Hellesjøvannet the Pochard (taffeland) flock had risen to a whopping 111 birds which must be a record count. 100 were reported from Årnestangen the same day so there has obviously been an influx. As Pochard is a very scarce Norwegian breeder these birds have come from further afield but from the east or the south?
At Kjelle two Ruff (brushane) and surprisingly a Little Stint on a small area of flooded pasture.
male Merlin

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