Jul 14, 2020


A family holiday-trip to Danmark (Falser) and Norway (Jeløy in Moss-municipality). Not birding actively, but in the garden of the Jeløy house a pair of Red-backed Shrikes with three juveniles and a Wryneck were present!
In Danmark bad weather, but a short visit to a wetland produced no less than 20 (!) Red-necked Grebes, three summer-plumaged Spotted Redshanks, some Ruffs end a few Wood Sandpipers, among  others. Always nice for a Bergen-based birder😊

Male Red-backed Shrike

juvenile RBS

calling RBS

Coals Tits, the adult feeding the juvenile

juvenile Coal Tit

Jun 26, 2020

Northern Pintail in Bergen

Summer and the ducks are coming. After the Shoveler at Nestun, a Northern Pintail was on the Tveitevannet. It was found by Ottar Osaland. Rather shy bird... it came out of the reed some minutes after I arrived, but unfortunately it was chased away by dogs. Managed to take some pictures, though...

eclips male Northern Pintail

Jun 23, 2020

Northern Shoveler in Bergen

Still present: Northern Shoveler on Nestunvannet. Scarce visitor to Bergen...

male Northern Shoveler

Jun 19, 2020

Blyth's Reed Warbler during day time at Hamre

City birding. The Blyth's RW is also singing during day time. Lots of traffic noise and other birds...


Jun 18, 2020

Herdla 180620

The plan was to visit Breivik and Herdlevær on Øygarden to find something big, but there was a full traffic stop due to an accident. So I had to change plans and visited Herdla instead.
Well, it was OK with some nice birds but nothing out of the ordinary. Best birds were two, may be three Blue-headed Wagtails (breeding birds), a couple of  Barnacle Geese, a Greenshank and a Ruddy Turnstone as well as a lone Golden Plover (no, not the rare one) an two flyby Eurasian Curlews...

 Barnacle Geese

Male Northern Wheatear. On this picture you can see it's a second year bird, because of the brown and worn flight feathers

Blue-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava calling

Jun 15, 2020

Blyth's Reed Warbler number three!!

Yet another Blyth's Reed Warbler. Now at Hamre, Kalandsvannet. Heard it on Saturday evening, but there was so much traffic. Went back on Sunday for this recording. This one has a very slow song...

Jun 11, 2020

Blyth's Reed Warbler in Bergen!!

Since Sunday a Blyh's Reed Warbler is present in Fana, Bergen. The first one for the community. Recorded it with my phone. Hear it on this video

Jun 7, 2020

Greenish Warbler

Bjornard Skjold (who else?) discovered a Greenish Warbler yesterday evening on Skjold, Øygarden. It was still present this morning, singing actively, albeit a bit south of the original spot. Good quality this spring  with yet another new one for me!
Below a video with the characteristic song

Jun 4, 2020

Lesser Yellowlegs

A Lesser Yellowlegs was found yesterday late in the evening at Herdla by Lars-Henrik Jensen and was present today as well. I couldn't go before after work, but due to the rain it was still present when I was there (all alone, by the way). The last one was seen in 2004, also on Herdla.
As a good bonus a Blyth's Reed Warbler was singing as well, that one found by Terje Hansen. I heard it singing shortly on the way to the wader and not on the way back. I think it was raining to hard. May be I'll go back for that one in the weekend...
Further a flyby Spotted Redshank, a Knot, a Turnstone, a few Dunlin's and a Blue-headed Wagtail. Nice afternoon with two new species for the county list with 263 now!
By the way, The Blyth's reed W was not heard again...Lucky I was!

adult Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes

May 30, 2020

Little Egret

A little Egret is present in Bergen at Kviturspollen. It's there since the 14th of May. I saw it on the 18th and yesterday. I didn't get decent pictures, only this distant shot, but at least it's mine.
Further a lot of birding in Bergen, but no shocking things...

distant shot

nice adult Common Gull

alba White Wagtail

first summer (?) Mute Swan

May 14, 2020

Herdla 140520

Free today and tried for Herdla. Quiet, but some quality birds around. Northern Pintail, Pied Wagtail and Wood Sandpiper being the best birds. Further quite a lot Ringed Plovers, Golden Plovers, two Whimbrels and a singing Dunlin...and loads of Norther Wheatears!!

Pied Wagtail Motacilla yarrellii

May 10, 2020

Three-toed Woodpecker and more!!

Kjell Arne Pedersen found a Three-toed Woodpecker on Askøy a couple of weeks ago. Very rare in south-western Norway! It is quite territorial and drumming a lot. Saw it this morning with the help of Kjell Arne, as well as a pair of White-backed Woodpeckers, the male calling and drumming, the female on the nest. Spectaculair morning with these two species together!!
It was of course a new Vestland-species (formerly Hordaland), a total now of 260!

male Three-toed Woodpecker

female White-backed Woodpecker on nest

May 1, 2020


Short trip with Hickman to Flesland Gård produced some Barn Swallows, a female Northern Wheatear and two fine Skylarks.