Sunday, 24 September 2017

Værøy 2017 day 4

Today was rather a disappointment especially as there were things happening south of us although a similar lack of birds on neighbouring island of Røst suggests that the favourable winds/weather are lying just a bit too far south.
There was some arrival of birds with more Yellow-browed Warblers than before with perhaps 20 on the island of which I saw 6. There were also sightings of Olive-backed Pipit and Little Bunting.

I got to enjoy a couple of the Yellow-broweds in nice sunshine but as usual they are difficult to get good photos of. The Jack Snipe that the others enjoyed whilst I was cooking yesterday was still present today in a tiny ditch and gave ridiculously close views. I resorted to using flash due to poor light which has given the bird a bit of a devilish look.

A Hawk Owl was the other highlight in addition to my first trip sightings of Blackcap and Goldcrest which gives an indication of the state of play.

Jack Snipe (kvartbekkasin) with red eye

finally some OK views and photos of Yellow-browed Warbler (gulbrynsanger)

a Hawk Owl is still surviving

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