Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Helgoland again

First weekend of November. Although migration season is ending there was much activity: many hundreds of Goldcrest, 2 Little Buntings, Great Grey Shrike, Pomarine Skuas, Woodcock, Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl, Lesser Whitethroat sp, Barred Warbler and Red Phalarope to name a few. We missed the best bird unfortunately; a very confiding Subalpine Warbler was found on Dune while we were packing to leave.
colour-ringed BHGull in Cuxhaven
Chiffchaff in dull light
Goldcrest - at least 400 were ringed, there must have been 1000+ on the island
a late Willow Warbler in last light
another late Willow Warbler enjoying the sun, shelter and kelp flies at NOMole
another Blackcap
Black Redstart
part of the huge flock of Chaffinch, Brambling and Snow Bunting @Aade
same flock (chased by Peregrine)
Red Phalarope - Dune Nordstrand
migrant Wren in typical habitat
Goldcrests were everywhere, this one was at Unterland
and now we are getting to the rarer species; Barred Warbler
and one of the 2 Little Buntings at Jugendherberg, a tame but skulking bird
same bird
and again same bird, they are so nice!