Dec 2, 2016

California november 2016

In november we travelled southern California. We hired a RV and drove from San Francisco to San Francisco, roughly through Yosemite, Mojave and Joshua Tree deserts, San Diego and the Californian coast back. It was a family holiday and the birding was great; the avian highlight was a visit to Santa Cruz! 75 lifers and some 175 species during the trip.
Saw the two endemics Yellow-billed Magpie and Island Scrub Jay. Managed also to see Californian Gnatcatcher, Scripp's Murrelet, thousands of Black-vented Shearwaters and Cassin's Auklet. And of course Greater Roadrunner.
Commonest birds were Acorn WoodpeckerWhite-throated Sparrow, Audubon's Warbler (extremely abundant), Eurasian StarlingHouse Sparrow and House Finch.

Under a few highlights with more under the world button!

Greater Roadrunner


Island Scrub Jay

Yellow-billed Magpie

California Scrub Jay

White-crowned Sparrow

Western (left) and Clark's Grebe

Black-throated Sparrow

Black Oystercatcher

Brandt's Cormorant

Glaucous-winged Gull

Herman's Gull

Hermit Thrush

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Northern Elephant Seal

Sea Otter

Harbour Seal

Oct 9, 2016

Hawk Owl

There is a big invasion going on of Hawk Owls in southern Norway. Didn't see them so far, but today two showed well on Radøy!

one of the two Hawk Owls

Oct 5, 2016

YBW still present

The Yellow-browed Warbler was (as it was yesterday) today present i my garden!

Yellow-browed Warbler again

Oct 3, 2016

Yellow-browed Warbler again!

After I heard one Yellow-browed Warbler FROM my house two weeks ago, I had one IN my garden today!! It called only once...The fourth in my neighbourhood this year so far!

Oct 2, 2016


After a week of very bad weather, a nice day with lots of sunshine. Went out to Herdlevær for two hours of birding. The nets were out and I missed on a new Little Bunting, but I got this nice autumn gem. Don't see it that often in the hand...

Yellow- browed Warbler