Røst – week 37

After two rather slow weeks, we were seriously ready for a mega – a rarity of national dimensions! And on Wednesday our wish came through, in the shape of a long-legged beauty from America: a Lesser Yellowlegs!

Another highlight from the start of the week was a Turtle Dove discovered on a farm on the north of the island. It has been stabile around the farm all week, and an observation on the opposite side of the island on Sunday, made us speculate if there are two different individuals.

Most of the waders have left over the week, but still good numbers of Bar-tailed Godwits, Golden Plovers and Knots. A few Grey Plovers have also been around trough the week.

Bar-tailed Godwit

Grey Plover

At least one of the Gyrfalcons are still around and performing nicely, accompanied by both Peregrines, Merlins and Kestrels.

Still low numbers of most passerines, but a little peak came with easterly winds before the weekend. The first Barred Warbler for the season was ringed on Saturday – a nice catch in a relatively slow week for ringing. Other nice birds in the nets counts a Redstart and a couple of Lesser Whitethroats.

Young Barred Warbler

Young male Redstart

Lesser Whitethroat

Garden Warblers seems to have an extraordinarily good season; 15 birds ringed so far and many seen in the field daily.

A single Spotted Flycatcher was present the last days of the week.