Saturday, January 13, 2018

Herdlevær & Nautnes 13 January 2018 - Migration

Cold and sunny with light southerly winds

Today was a day of mass migration - enough for a decent autumn day in fact. Flocks of Fieldfare gråtrost headed south pretty much all day with approximately 1000 birds flying over during the couple of hours I spent at Herdlevær. This was no doubt a cold weather movement now that the record numbers that have been overwintering further north are no doubt running out of berries.....

Part of a southbound Fieldfare gråtrost flock

One of a few Rock Pipits skjærepiplerke seen at Herdlevær

Other highlights at Herdlevær were a Peregrine vandrefalk, the first Woodcock rugde of the year, a Snipe enkeltbekkasin and a Razorbill alke. A few Rock Pipit skjærpiplerke, a White-tailed Eagle havørn and many of the usual suspects were also present here.

Male Teal krikkand on the sea in front of my house with a couple of Mallard stokkand

Back home at Nautnes was almost as good with best bird being a male Teal krikkand on the sea in front of the house, the first Bullfinches dompap I have seen locally this year and a flock of seven Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt seen from the terrace. More thrushes, a couple more White-tailed Eagle havørn and a couple of flocks of Redpoll gråsisik were among the other species seen from the terrace.

Other new birds in Øygarden for me this year were a Common Gull fiskemåke and a couple of Jays nøtteskrike.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Hjelme Vest 09 January 2018 - FIrst White-billed of the year

Clear, cold and sunny with a fresh SE breeze.

A quick scan of the sea at Hjelme Vest really did the place justice today with the highlight being a White-billed Diver gulnebblom feeding just with photo range. First of the year in Hordaland.


White-billed Diver gulnebblom

At least two Great Northern Divers islom, a Red-necked Grebe gråstrupedykker, several Black Guillemot teist, around 35 Long-tailed Duck havelle, a nice flock of Purple Sandpipers fjæreplytt, a Rock Pipit skjærpiplerke and a few Crested Tits toppmeis were among the other new birds for me this year here. A couple of Snipe enkeltbekkasin

Small flocks of Fieldfare gråtrost and Redwing rødvingetrost more or less everywhere and at Tjeldstø one of these flocks was joined by the first Starling stær of the year. I also added Chaffinch bokfink and House Sparrow gråspurv to my Øygarden year list here among other things.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Øygarden 08 January 2018 - Self-cropping Eagles

I didn't get home until after 1400 so there was very little left in the way of light.

Slavonian Grebe horndykker - massively cropped by myself

White-tailed Eagle havørn cropped by itself.

White-tailed Eagle havørn far enough away to fit in the frame

I popped in at Dåvøy where the White-tailed Eagles havørn autocropped their own images by coming too close to fit in the frame. However, I only took a few seconds out to photograph them as some kind of Pavlovian response. I was a lot more interested in the sea where the regular overwintering Slavonian Grebe horndykker was together with a few Red-breasted Mergansers. At least four Common Snipe enkeltbekkasin were also present here.

Other than the grebe the best birds were a Water Rail vannrikse (Tjeldstø) and a large Peregrine vandrefalk (Solberg) which has something of a Gyr-vibe and may be the same bird I saw a few times late last year.

Elsewhere a couple of small flocks of Parrot Crossbill furukorsnebb, a few Willow Tit granmeis and lots of both Redwing rødvingetrost and Fieldfare gråtrost about.

Hedmark / Oslo 01-07 January 2018 - Eastern kick-start

I spent the first week of January in the east of Norway. Birding came well down the list as there has been a lot of other stuff going on.

Best bird on the first day of the year was an inland Common Scoter svartand along with a number of more expected species.

Arctic Redpoll polarsisik in the Botanical Gardens, Oslo

On 3rd January a short stroll in the Botanical Gardens in Oslo produced at least two Arctic Redpoll polarsisik along with the usual Hawfinch kjernebiter and a variety of other finches.

Firecrest rødtoppfuglekonge at Fornebu

A walk at Fornebu with Rixy on 5th saw us refinding the Firecrest rødtoppfuglekonge that has settled in for the winter there. Fingers crossed it will survive....

Downtown Dipper fossekall, Oslo

Other than that some pleasant strolls in and around the city gave the usual selection of stuff including auks, a Dipper fossekall in the city centre and some cracking views of Goshawk hønsehauk chasing gulls and pigeons.