Saturday, 21 September 2019

Værøy 2019 Day 3

Day 3 of Værøy 2019 has been a disappointment of depressing proportions. The weather was good for being out for a walk (no rain and warm) but there were just incredibly few birds to see. Early morning in the north gave three new Yellow-browed Warblers so we thought there might a small movement but these were probably the only new arrivals and most other birds had moved on.

The Red-throated Pipit was still on the beach in the morning with other pipits and Twite but by the evening there was absolutely nothing left on the beach except for a single Rock Pipit.

Excitement came from following up a very strange sound which turned out to be two Otters playing, watching a hungry Kestrel chasing a Meadow Pipit in the air for a couple of minutes before giving up, a hybrid House x Tree Sparrow and thinking I had kicked up an acro from weeds behind the beach and getting all excited to only realise it was a Garden Warbler.
I also saw a dragonfly of one the larger species which I didn't see well enough to identify but this is the only observation EVER that I can find of dragonfly for Værøy.

Here are pictures from yesterday and today of not so rare birds:

a very grey Chiffchaff (gransanger)

Dunlin (myrsnipe)

there have been large numbers of Parrot Crossbills (furukorsnebb) on Værøy in September but no Two-barred Crossbills (båndkorsnebb) which have been on the move elsewhere in Norway

Twite (bergirisk) 
lookng east towards the mainland where there is already a lot of snow

Rough-legged Buzzard (fjellvåk) - surprisingly only the 3rd Værøy record

hybrid House x Tree Sparrow (gråspurv x pilfink)


a Redpoll (gråsisik) of unknown origin

A Kestrel (tårnfalk) hunting a Meadow Pipit which was a first for me

1 comment:

  1. A bad days birding is better than a good day in the office!!


    It's not always about megaticks.