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1-31 August blog and sightings 2012

30 August 2012 A lovely start to the day with sunshine in full effect. At WWT the morning was livened by the call of distant Snow Geese which I could not see, eventually they appeared high over the reserve gliding in from the north. As is usual for this site this latest party of geese circled the reserve looking for a place to land. They eventually chose the Top New Piece bt left soon after. The flock all apeeared to be Lesser Snow Geese and fortuantely represented both colour phases, the blue and white (for those who know me,  a colour combination I am rather fond of being a Bristol Rovers supporter). The twelve white bird had two juveniles with them and the single blue phase which naturally stood out among the rest.

Spotted Crake WWT South Lake
Discovered by a visiting birder on 25th August (Mr Woollam). It showed again a few times since including when I opened up for members for an evening search.

27 August 2012 Another wet start to the day delivered 72 Arctic and 2 Common Terns. Intermediate and dark phase juvenile Arctic Skuas also made an appearance on the Severn which I was pleased to share with two fellow observers.

1-20 August 2012 A visit to Spain back in the early hours of 8th. Back to work on 12th and a busy period of passage was underway, getting out of the car in the car park I heard terns, looking up a flock of 17 probably Arctic Terns flew directly to the Severn, later a first winter Arctic Tern fed over the tide. Some highlights in images follow.

Curlew Sandpiper
With two adults in July, this bird was the third I have seen this period. As usual adults are noted until late August when the juveniles begin to arrive.  A party of four rising to five and dropping to three followed this one.

Wood Sandpiper
The third in Glos and WWT Slimbridge this year for me with a fourth appearing in August and joining this bird for a day or two.

Harbour Seal 16 August 2012
An excellent addition to my Severn mammal list. This chubby chap looked so relaxed and at home on a Severn sandbar but there was nothing wrong with its hearing, sense of smell or eyesight. It knew we were there and it took some stalking to get close enough to take this shot. I am pleased to say we left it in the same place as we found it and did not push it for a better shot. The Seal was in the same place an hour later before the Severn bore panicked it into diving into the wave where it dissapeared.

Mediterranean Gull 19 August 2012
Always a treat to see this species, this one is on the WWT South Lake.

 

 

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West Cornwall Seawatch 25 August 2012

Seawatching is one type of birding that can be favoured by the birding community indeed loved, in some cases it is rather hated, when the weather looks right and delivers it can be amazing. After keeping a close eye on a a weather system that was due in it was becoming clear that it had potential. A number of friends were getting rather revved up about the forecast for Saturday so I decided to offer a day  trip to give it a go. We left at 0400 arriving at Marazion Marsh just as a rain shower began at 0715. A quick search of the area and we were all soon watching a Spotted Crake below us as it fed around the edge of a small pool. Two were being seen here by the end of the day and this bird was nice detour.

 

Basking Sharks- One of the main highlights of the day was the constant views of these gentle giants as the filter fed in the sea below us. At least six were seen at any one time, often very close to shore but I came away feeling that at least twelve were present, other estimates ranged to 16. We watched three together feeding in a line at one point. Other interesing creatures included various Ocean Sunfish sightings, Grey Seal, Harbour Porpoise and for some Bottlenose Dolphins.

We settled at Pendeen Watch Lighthouse as the wind forecast was most favourable for this site. Many friends and familiar faces were gathered and our group spread out among the 60 or so gathered to start scanning. I moved to a few spots for best comfort and was joined by Ruth, Jeanne and Graham with Colin also re-appearing towards the end of the 7 hour watch. Paul and Rich stayed below the wall with the main group which is also wherePaul Marshall was camped. The food, flask and extra clothing were all needed as it rained many times but everyone stayed for the duration. We all saw nearly all the species and individuals noted by all seawatchers, some fo the large shearwaters were not so easy to get on to but with more practice this will become easier. The winds did not quite reach the forecasted potential but it still worked out well. The totals from all of the group were ranging from 4-7 Great Shearwater, 5-8 Cory’s Shearwater, 2-6 Sooty Shearwater, 10-14 Balearic Shearwater, 2000+ Manx Shearwater, 2000+ Gannet, 4 Kittiwake, 7-10 Great Skuas, 9-14 Arctic Skua, 1 juvenile Long-tailed Skua that Graham picked up first appeared in front of us, it gave excellent views passing close along the cliff. Flocks of Whimbrel, Sanderling, Turnstone, Dunlin, Oystercatcher, tern sp, Sandwich Terns and Common Scoter were all welcomed to the tally.  Other species noted by seawatchers included Pomarine Skua and a few Storm Petrels. It was a fantastic day, hard work in the rain at times and not quite ideal. Despite this I think everyone would do this again but I will try to ensure the sun is shining next time.

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Cadiz Province, Andalucia 31 July to 7 August 2012

Cadiz Province, Andalucia, Spain

This report records the wildlife I saw whilst on my family holiday. I have visited the area many times and have stayed in Chipiona, Bolonia, Conil and Sanlucar before but always as part of a general birding or family holiday tour. We stayed at Sanlucar de Barrameda renting a comfortable apartment from a British couple which was handily situated in the centre of the old town. This was ideal for walking out for the tapas bars and restaurants, we are vegetarian and are used to seeking out the non-meat options from the menus but it has to be said if you do eat meat then Sanlucar de Barrameda offers some of the best seafood in Europe. We ate well, too well, more than we usually do but we had to try the options on offer. We explored various towns that we never did justice on previous visits and popped in to see some old favourites. Apart from the wildlife and food we enjoyed the Sherry, the lovely chilled Manzanilla produced in Sanlucar de Barrameda which is dominated by sherry bodegas. In fact from our roof terrace which has views across the town, River Guadalquivir, Bonanza salinas and the Coto Donana national park we could breathe in the sherry from the Solear bodega next door.

I went out most mornings early apart from two, a night of sherry, beer and cocktails with J Squire forced one lie-in and a rest on our last, travelling home day the other. Going out early was pleasant to avoid the heat of the day, the beach and swim in the sea which is a good place to be during this period. Also by the time the heat is rising my family are ready for the day. We made visits to local wetland sites, to Tarifa for an Orca trip, trip to Cadiz, Arcos de la Frontera, Chipiona, Vejer, Bolonia and Jimena. All the birding sites we visited save one are featured in the excellent Where to Watch Birds in Southern Spain by Paterson and Garcia.

31 July 2012 Flew from Bristol to Malaga with easyjet, all fine there, hire a car via Rentalcars who used Goldcar rental. There was a problem, a long wait to get the car of 1.5 hrs in a hot queue, 109 euro charge for a full tank of fuel which was more than you would pay at the pump (you bring back empty). This in mind I would rather use Avis and have no extras or wait. Got on the road and called in for tapas at a service area where Red-rumped Swallows floated about the car park. Another stop was at Sotogrande which was very hot, the sea was unusable thanks to a Jellyfish swarm and being the hottest part of the day, the birds were quiet, only Sardinian Warbler and the introduced Monk Parakeets seen, Bee Eaters were heard.

Another stop was made at the Laguna de Medina, I first came here over 20 years ago and saw my first White-headed Ducks. It has had a few problems in the intervening years, drying up for example but the introduction of Carp caused huge problems for the birds. Hopefully this will be sorted out, the lake was quiet compared to visits in times gone by. We did note Banded Groundlings, a male Ferruginous Duck plus juvenile Cetti’s Warblers, Nightingales, Montagu’s Harrier and more.

Banded Groundling Laguna de Medina MJMcGill
A confiding dragonfly which follows your movement to see what insects are disturbed. Often found at watering holes in Africa.

1 August 2012 Up and out early with JJS to explore the Bonanza salinas which was only 15 minutes away. So much going on, lots of activity with flocks of terns, waders etc. We checked out the Laguna de Tarelo and a small pool hidden in the greenhouses of Bonanza, afterwards we spent much of the day on the beach at Chipiona.

2 August 2012 Up early to go biridng at the Lagunas de Puerto Real. I have been a few times before but it was a new site for JJS. Laguna Salada held many Night Heron and Grey Herons a few Little Tern and around 60 Mallard. Not the teeming with life scene I have so enjoyed here before but I have sen it a dust bowl too. The scrub around the lake had Nightingale but for wetland birds we transferred to the nearby Laguna Chica, this was more like it with plenty of birds on the water. On the way back to Sanlucar we stopped for a coffee and sneaky look at at a small lagoon opposite the cafe. It is a site I discovered on a previous visit and sure enough still held plenty of birds most notably White-headed Ducks. It is between Rota and Costa Ballena but happens to be just inside the perimeter fence of the American military base, a plus for the birds I guess but not sure about using scopes in such an area. A short stop at Costa Ballena beach and at Chipiona followed before heading back to Sanlucar. We returned to the beach for the day in the surf. In the evening JJS, my wife and I went to the salinas until dark.

3 August 2012 All of us up early for 1.50 hour drive to Tarifa for the Killer Whale trip into the Straits of Gibraltar and to search off the coast of Morocco. We made a short stop at Bolonia for 45 minutes. The trip was around three hours leaving at 1100 and it was great. A tapas lunch  followed our return and then back to Sanlucar.

Orca gallery here http://www.anserbirding.com/photos/svmanager/g36/

4 August 2012 Late start for all, visit to Rota beach before taking the catamaran to Cadiz for a day out, great tapas, the best of the week. Stunning place and must spend at least a couple of nights here sometime. We ate in tonight.

5 August 2012 JJS headed off in the early hours as he had to leave early to get back to the Isle of May. I got up and went to Bonanza salinas/Laguna Tarelo for a couple of hours. Part of the day exploring Sanlucar de Barrameda and the afternoon at one of the White Towns, this time Arcos de la Frontera.

6 August 2012  I got up early in the dark to search for Red-necked Nightjar in La Algaida woods, sunrise at La Algaida salinas and saltmarsh. Rest of the day at Costa Ballena on the beach and in the sea. Stayed in.

Lesser Short-toed Lark
Usually found in Steppe habitat in Iberia, these birds seem to thrive in the salt-flats around Donana and can be approachable from the car.

Short-toed Lark
A summer breeding visitor to Spain. These migratory tendencies cause them to regularly turn up in the UK where I have seen them on many Scilly Isles visits with groups. Another occasion I was c0-discoverer with JJ Squire as he located a skulking STL on Lundy one May. We also had a Woodchat the same day.

7 August 2012 Left Sanlucar at midday and made a stop at another of the White Towns, Vejer de la Frontera. Pleasant stroll around the town, castle and fortifications and a top salad lunch. Moved on the Bolonia to stroll around the roman ruins of Baelo Claudia. We have done this before but a new visitor centre an museum has been added. Spent a little time at a Mirador looking for raptors but the winds were Easterly and the hills misty near Tarifa. With time to spare we headed inland to explore the Moorish castle at Jimena de la Frontera before heading for a hot and sweaty and lacking in any moving air.. Malaga airport. Flight back home, excellent Easyjet staff and captain arriving back home in rain in the early hours.

Bird List

Shelduck- a fledged brood at Bonanza salinas on 1st.
Mallard-recorded at all the wetland sites.
Shoveler-seen at Bonanza salinas.
MARBLED DUCK-three on Laguna de Tarelo roosting on the island and one at the west end on 5th.


Teal-noted
Pochard-a small flock on Laguna Chica.
FERRUGINOUS DUCK- a drake on Laguna de Medina on 31st.
WHITE-HEADED DUCK- a drake on Laguna de Tarelo on 1st and 5th, 5 females on Bonanza Pool 1st and 5th, 31 on Laguna Chica and 12 on a pool on Rota airbase on 3rd.
Red-legged Partridge-a covey seen on the chalky fields outside Sanlucar on 4th.
Black-necked Grebe-seen on Lagunas Tarelo and Chica.
Little Grebe-noted.
Cory’s Shearwater-c50 noted on Orca trip on 3rd.
Balearic Shearwater-a few noted on the Orca trip.
Gannet-a few seen on the Orca trip.
Night Heron-very common around Bonanza salinas and Laguna Chica.
Cattle Egret-common.
Little Egret-common in wetland areas and the coast.
Squacco Heron-seen in small numbers around Bonanza.
Grey Heron-noted
White Stork-seen at La Algaida, Bonanza, whilst travelling and flocks were migrating SE near Algeciras on 7th.
Black Stork- seen at Bonanza on 5th and La Algaida on 6th.
Glossy Ibis-seen at Bonanza on 1st.
Spoonbill-large flocks at Bonanza on all visits.
Greater Flamingo-large flocks on Bonanza and La Algaida salinas. Also from the car near Cadiz.
Griffon Vulture-small numbers noted but c50 birds were migrating with other raptors and storks near Los Barrios on 7th.
Osprey- one eating a fish at Bonanza on 5th.
Short-toed Eagle-seen around Los Barrios on 31st, Tarifa on 3rd and 7th.
Booted Eagle-seen around Tarifa, one over Sanlucar de Barrameda on 4th, a pair La Algaida woods and many whilst travelling.


Red Kite-one over Bonanza on 5th.
Black Kite-common.
Marsh Harrier-a few seen from the car.
Montagu’s Harrier-many noted from the car, seen well at Laguna de Medina 31st and Lagunas de Puerto Real on 2nd.
Common Buzzard-a few seen.
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Lesser Kestrel-seen from the car a few times
Large falcon sp-one seen at Los Barrios.
Water Rail-one at La Algaida saltmarsh.
Moorhen
Coot-very few on lakes which have formerly held large numbers.
Purple Swamphen-one at Laguan Chica on 2nd.
Avocet-thousands around the salinas.
Black-winged Stilt-hundreds at the salinas and a few at Laguna Salada and Chica.
Little-ringed Plover-seen at the freshwater sites.
Ringed Plover- large high tide roost at La Algaida saltmarsh.
Kentish Plover-seen on the beaches at low tide and around the salinas.
Grey Plover-one at La Algaida salinas on 6th.
Dunlin-thousands around the salinas.
Curlew Sandpiper-thousands around the salinas.
Little Stint-perhaps 30 seen on 1st, 2nd and 5th and 6th around the salinas.
Green Sandpiper-a few around the salinas and channels.
Common Sandpiper-common in the tidal creeks of the Guadalquibir.
Redshank-commonn around the salinas.
Spotted Redshank-one at La Algaida saltmarsh on 6th.
Greenshank- a few seen around the salinas on every visit.
MARSH SANDPIPER- one feeding in a tidal pool at La Algaida on 6th.
Black-tailed Godwit-thousands on the salinas
Whimbrel-seen flying over on every beach visit and 30+ at high tide at Bonanza and La Algaida on 5th and 6th.
Ruff- a few noted around Bonanza.
Black-headed Gull-common at the salinas
Slender-billed Gull- common at the salinas.
Mediterranean Gull-seen around Cadiz harbour.
Yellow-legged Gull- very common around the coast and salinas.
Sandwich Tern-seen when on the beaches.

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Iceland 14-19 June 2012 Birds and Cetaceans trip report

Iceland 14-19 June 2012 Birding and cetaceans

Humpback Whale

A brief summary of what we saw, more images on the gallery on link below.

http://www.anserbirding.com/photos/svmanager/g7/

Summary of areas covered (does not include stopping for the odd bird here and there).
14th Landed at Keflavik, stopped for food outside Reykjavik, headed for Seltjarnarnes and birded the Bakkatjorn lake area, headed for the north stopping on the estuary at Borgarnes, Blonduos (river mouth, sea, coffee shop and bakery), Akureyri (airport lagoons and mudflats) until reaching destination of Laugur where we were stay for two nights.
15th Headed to the River Laxa and Lake Myvatn for pre-breakfast session, explored Bardardalur valley, Husavik midday departure for Whale watch, checked a few pools at Nes, viewed the Godafoss waterfall,
16th Pre breakfast 0500 start for visit to Lake Myvatn and view the volcanic active areas. Back to Lake Myvatn post breakfast for a full tour around the lake, time on the River Laxa, drove to Varmalhid for refuel, Blonduos and then on to Hellnar on the Snaefellsnes peninsula, arrived at 7.30pm where we stayed for two nights.
17th Up early for 0630 breakfast, on to Stykkisholmur, refuel at Vegamot, picked up two Germans who had a puncture, ferry Baldur to Flatey Island, back to Stykkis for Pizza lunch, drove out along the north shore of Snaefellsnes stopping at Kolgrafafjordur, Grundarfjordur, Olafsvik, Rif and Onverdarnes lighthouse, back to hotel for 7.00pm.
18th Left after breakfast followed the road around the tip of Snaefellsnes to Hellisandur, stopped at bakery in Olafsvik, crossed over the peninsula to south side, on to Borgarnes to look over the estuary, back to Seltjarnarnes, had and evening meal in central Reykjavik on to Vogar where we stayed for the last night.
19th Left after breakfast to Gardur to refuel and head for morning flight, arrived back in Luton early afternoon.

The Cetaceans/mammals
HUMPBACK WHALE-one feeding in the bay off Husavik on 15th

where we were able spend some time watching it from our boat.
MINKE WHALE-at least five maybe ten feeding in the same area as the Humpback on 15th
HARBOUR PORPOISE-two feeding in a fjord on the N side of the Snaefellsnes peninsula.
KILLER WHALE (ORCA)- a pod showed very well on both nights from Hellnar 16th and 17th and another pod were off Onverdarnes on 17th.
WHITE-SIDED DOLPIN-a few off Hellnar on 17th.
ARCTIC FOX- one was spotted by Theresa in the valley of Bardardalur on 15th and another spotted by Tim at the west end of the Snaefellsnes peninsula.

Orca

The Birds
WHOOPER SWAN- seen at many sites from central Reykjavik, river valleys and adjacent meadows to remote highland pools, many pairs had cygnets and were fairly well grown.
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE- flocks noted moving inland over Lake Myvatn on 15/16th , nervous flocks seen on the Myvatndheidi with a few closer individuals to study on 15th. Best of all were the 50 or so broods many in formed crèches along the river Heradsvatn. Most memorable were one close crèche involving a lot of goslings battling the rapids near the bridge (Solvellir).


GREYLAG GOOSE- A very common bird in the lowland coastal areas, large parties of non-breeders and creches of goslings were a delight to see near towns, homesteads and farms. Fairly confiding birds and certainly used to living near humans, these birds migrate to Britain for the winter.
CANADA GOOSE- at Laugarbrekka, Beryl Smith spotted the head of a Canada Goose peeking over when we stopped briefly on the road to look at the Red-throated Diver pair on a small lake. After a quick look at the nearby monument we returned to view this bird.


LIGHT (PALE) BELLIED BRENT GOOSE- a few straglers that has not made it yet to Canada seen at Bakkatjorn and Seltjarnarnes.
SHELDUCK- small numbers seen on the estuary at Borgarnes
MALLARD-noted at many sites, no counts made.
GADWALL-seen at Lake Myvatn, often among the Wigeon flock.
PINTAIL-seen on the pools around Nes and Lake Myvatn.
SHOVELER-recorded at Lake Myvatn.
EURASIAN WIGEON- large flocks of hundreds noted at Myvatn and seen at a variety of sites. An aberrant, very pale headed male was noted here.
AMERCIAN WIGEON-two males were among the Wigeon flock along the west shore at Lake Myvatn.


TEAL- seen commonly.
GREATER SCAUP-seen on many pools and lakes, very common especially at Lake Myvatn.
TUFTED DUCK- thousands seen at Lake Myvatn and noted at many sites.
EIDER- common around the coast, thousands noted along the north shore of Snaefellsnes peninsula where we scanned for King Eider. Also noted in large numbers at Akureyri and Seltjarnarnes with many ducklings.


COMMON SCOTER- a dozen or more seen along the west shore of Lake Myvatn.
LONG-TAILED DUCK- seen every day at most wetland sites, some males were still in full non-breeding (winter) plumage, most were in breeding plumage allowing comparison and for you to decide which is your favourite. I have to go with non-breeding.
HARLEQUIN- the target bird for most people and the highlight of the trip too. We had to drive on past the first that were sighted (bad place to park/weather) but special time was set aside to be in the company of this splendid duck in its natural habitat. They were noted from all the streams and rivers around the Myvatn area and the River Laxa. This tough little duck was also seen along the seafront at Akureyri and taking in the violent rapids and falls at Godafoss like it was a millpond. Some of us scoped a male from the outdoor hottub below our accommodation, others watched, the duck that is from their rooms.


BARROW’S GOLDENEYE- another spectacular duck with its European breeding presence represented in Iceland, we observed them very well on the River Laxa and Lake Myvatn.


GOOSANDER-a female was seen with two ducklings along River Heradsvotn. It was seen from the bus on a roadside pool. Chris Stone saw a male from the bus on a stream near Dalur (Snaefellsnes).
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER- commonly seen at most sites, all the males ahd begun the eclipse moult so none were in pristine plumage.
ROCK PTARMIGAN- The first was spotted on slopes (Midvikurfjall) above the N1 by Theresa Stone, it was not a good place to stop though. Twenty minutes later she found another in a more convenient place near Godafoss so we walked up to it and got great views. We also watched two males scrapping with the victor showing off atop a rock at the west end of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.


RED-THROATED DIVER- seen on many roadside pools and rivers, notable birds were a close one on the Laxa bridge, a non-breeding plumage bird at Olafsvik, pairs with young on Snaefellsnes from Road 54 and a trio at Rif Pools.


GREAT NORTHERN DIVER-these magnificent birds were enjoyed at Flodid and Lake Myvatn.


SLAVONIAN GREBE- again seen from many roadside pools but the best views were at Lake Myvatn where it is common.


FULMAR-commonly seen whilst travelling around the country on inland breeding cliffs and breeding on coastal cliffs.


GANNET-seen from the Whale Watch boat and off Hellnar.
CORMORANT-seen around the coast.
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE-an adult seen perched and soaring around the estuary at Borgarnes on 18th.
MERLIN-unbelievably we never connected with this bird as a group, only seen once from the bus by Beryl adjacent to Vatsnhlid.
GYRFALCON-two were seen, excellent views of perched in the valley of Bardardalur on 15th and another perched and mobbing Raven at Lake Myvatn on 16th.


OYSTERCATCHER-noted at several sites.
RINGED PLOVER-noted a few sites, broken winged displays aimed at a dogwalker at Blonduos was notable.
GOLDEN PLOVER-lovely to see them daily in most places or at least hearing them, often feeding in the meadows allowing views next to the roads and breeding on the hills and slopes. Some noted on roundabouts, at the foot of peoples driveways and at Keflavik airport.
RED KNOT- seven were seen on Flatey Island on 17th.
SANDERLING-one at Bakkatjorn, Seltjarnarnes on 14th, a breeding plumaged bird entertained us at Husavik.
PURPLE SANDPIPER-a few seen on Flatey Island, two at Olafsvik and one at Bakkatjorn, all in breeding plumage.
TURNSTONE- noted at Bakkatjorn.
DUNLIN-a common bird, seen in aggressive and competitive flights over the Laxa, at Myatn and small flocks on the flats at Akureyri.
REDSHANK-delightfully common in lowland areas.


BLACK-TAILED GODWIT- also very common in lowland areas, lots of display flights witnessed.
WHIMBREL- another common wader seen in most areas.
SNIPE-a very common bird in the lowland areas, seen daily in display, a parent led two chicks across the road in front of us a Laugar on 15th. We made sure they got into cover.


RED (GREY) PHALAROPE- at least two females and one male on Flatey Island on 17th, possibly four individuals in total. The females were squabbling, maybe territorial, we saw a female settle on the nest probably to lay with her and the male spending time on guard or feeding in the grass nearby. They had chose a spot near the Arctic Terns possibly for protection.
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE-seen daily, very common and delightful birds to be with as they are so confiding.


GREAT SKUA-seen on the Whale Watch on 15th.
ARCTIC SKUA-a fairly common bird, seen just about everywhere and every day.
BLACK-HEADED GULL-we searched the Husavik flock for a recent Bonaparte’s Gull without luck.
COMMON GULL
HERRING GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL
LITTLE GULL- a first summer was found on Rif Pools by Chris Stone


KITTIWAKE- a common bird around the coast, often being chased by Arctic Skuas.
GLAUCOUS GULL- noted at Blonduos, Husavik and Snaefellsnes.
ICELAND GULL- seen at Blonduos and Husavik.
ARCTIC TERN- the ‘Kriaa’ was everywhere.


PUFFIN-common around the coast.
BLACK-GUILLEMOT-seen from Blonduos, the Whale trip from Husavik and on Flatey Island and Stykkisholmur.


GUILLEMOT-good views of bridled and unbridled birds with Brunnich’s at Onverdarnes.
BRUNNICH’S GUILLEMOT-seen very well on ledges at Onverdarnes on 17th.

RAZORBILL-seen at Onverdarnes.
SHORT-EARED OWL-singles noted just after leaving the tunnel at Kuludalsa and another during the day en-route to Laugar. One at Laugar in the evening, all on 14th.
MEADOW PIPIT-common.
WHITE WAGTAIL-common
PIED WAGTAIL- I saw one well as I was driving, it was flycatching from on a fence next the road and next to a pool between Langaholt and Glumbaer on the Snaefellsnes peninsula. Despite stopping and reversing back it had flown off toward a farm and could not be refound. Only nine accepted records for Iceland.
WHEATEAR-a total of about 12 birds noted during the visit.
REDWING-a common bird, a few were in song at Laugar and heard at the airport.
WREN- One seen by Roberta.
RAVEN-seen daily.
STARLING- seen around Reykjavik.
COMMON REDPOLL- a few flew over us at Laugar on 16th.
SNOW BUNTING- singing and displaying males on Flatey Island, seen at Rif also.

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