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Radde's Warbler
The first Radde's Warbler for Øygarden, Toft, Øygarden, 14 October 2014

This Radde's Warbler turned up near Toft in Øygarden on 14 October 2014, it was caught by a local ringer and was the first record for Øygarden. I heard about it whilst preparing to go to offshore - and is so often with these rarities presented a major dilemma about how to get to see it. No one responded to calls - not surprisingly most normal people were at work. After several changes in contingency plans the other local birder in Øygarden came through and we set off to see it - finding a Turtle Dove just a few hundred metres from my house on the way.

A few twitchers from the city dropped everything and made it out before it was released.

Radde's Warbler
Toft, Øygarden, 14 October 2014
A 400mm telephoto lens wasn't the best thing to take an in-hand picture with but it was all I had with me.

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