Thursday, 1 December 2011

DANISH Rare Bird News - November 2011

Hereby November 2011 Danish Bird News:

A new Danish record of 42 Pygmy Owls (far from annual in Denmark) were logged during 9th October to 29th November including four in NE Nordjylland and 38 at Sjælland, with most in the NE. No less than four male Desert Wheatears were seen during 1st-22nd including a record two together at Hanstholm, Nordjylland on 5th. The 2nd ever Western Black-eared Wheatear, a 1st cal male, was well twitched atThorsminde Harbor during 1st-8th. The first ever wintering Pied Wheatear was a 1st cal male at Strandby Harbor, Nordjylland during 28th-30th. Denmark's (and Blåvand's) 2nd ever Desert Lesser Whitethroat was a 1st-cal heard and ringed at Grønningen, Vestjylland during 5th-9th. An adult Bonaparte's Gulls in transitional plumage was at Hirtshals Harbor, Nordjylland during 10th-30th moulting into winter plumage (the 4th ever seen in Denmark, all during 1988-2011 in Nordjylland including three at this harbour alone!).

Other November records include four White-billed Divers past Skagen,Nordjylland during 1st-17th, eight Great Northern Divers, five late British Storm-petrels (two inland near the coast) during 27th-30th including two dead, a new Danish record 67 Great White Egrets including a record 13 at Rømødæmningen, Sønderjylland on 12th, two adult Black Brants, three Red-breasted Geese, just one (an adult male) King Eider, a (adult) pair of Surf Scoters at Skagen,Nordjylland during 19th-20th, a 1st winter male Ferruginous Duck new to Langeland, Fyn at Tryggelev Nor during 31st October to 13th November and a hybrid female type Ferruginous Duck x Pochard at Stege, Møn during 11th-14th, nine Red-crested Pochards, two or three juvenile Gyr Falcons, five Grey Phalaropes, a record late Red-necked Phalarope on 17th, four Mediterranian Gulls, three 1st-cal Baltic Gulls, four Yellow-legged Gulls, one 2nd winter Iceland Gull, three migrant Tengmalm's Owls, one Hoopoe, four Crested Larks remaining at the sole breeding site at Hirtshals, Nordjylland on 21st, no less than seven Richard's Pipits, a record late Tree Pipit on 13th, a late Whinchat on 2nd, just onePallas's Warbler, one Nutcracker, a new Danish record 668 Two-barred Crossbills during the autumn's second wave of Russian migrants including a Sjælland record 71 at Gribskov, Nordsjælland on 29th, and four late Serins.

Source: DK500Club, ornitolog, Rolf Christensen

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