Friday, 19 September 2014

Værøy day 1

Day 1, or at least the first three hours, of Værøy 2014 is now finished. Drizzle and poor light put a bit of a dampner on things and there were far fewer birds to see in the late afternoon compared to what the others had seen in the morning.

My first Yellow-browed Warblers (gulbrynsanger) of the year though were welcome although I had actually hoped to see one rather than hearing two.

An hour of free time at Bodø airport was spent in the cemetery which was absolutely heaving with birds. A couple of hundred Starlings (stær) feeding on Rowan berries failed to reveal a pink cousin and the only warbler was Chiffchaff (gransanger) but a flock of 100 calling Pink-footed Geese (kortnebbgås) flying over and calling added to the atmosphere.

Birds seen on the island today include 20+ Yellow-browed, 3 Barred Warblers (hauksanger), Little Bunting (dvergspurv), Olive-backed Pipit (sibirpiplerke) and Sooty Shearwater so I am definitely looking forward to tomorrow.

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