mandag den 24. oktober 2011

Mandø - where dreams come true!

Mandø is one of the best places for out-of-place passerines in Denmark. In spite of only being sporadically birded most of the year the list of this Wadden Sea island e.g. includes Western Bonellis Warbler, Black-headed Bunting, Pacific Golden Plover, Night Heron, two Humes Leaf Warbler and Denmarks only Blackpoll Warbler.
On October the 19th the first Red-eyed Vireo of Denmark was found on Mandø by Eva Foss Henriksen. It has been massively twitched and on Sunday the 23rd my father and I went to see this bird. As seen on the picture below we succeeded.

The first danish and scandinavian Red-eyed Vireo, Mandø, 23/10-2011.

Little Bunting, Mandø, 23/10-11.

This somewhat late wheatear had my hart pumping briefly but turned out just be a rather pale Common Wheatear, Mandø, 23/10-2011. Its left leg was injured and it will probably not survive for long.

Also on Mandø this weekend a juvenile Gyrfalcon, a Great White Egret, a very late Red-necked Phalarope, a Richard´s Pipit, two Yellow-browed Warblers and several Lapland Buntings were seen.

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