Feb 12, 2018

at home

Not much birding lately due to work, a lot to do at home and so on...
But these two are about all the time.

pair of Collared Doves

Jan 7, 2018

a blue flash

Today, in very bad weather,  I tried for the Kingfisher in Hamreelven. It was found yesterday and seen well by many observers, but not me. Didn't have the time yesterday, but today I could pay a visit. After half an hour of walking and looking I suddenly saw it fly over the water in the little river and disappear. I reckon it can be hard to find and the area where it can hold is rather big... Anyhow, new for my Bergen list. Maybe I try for it on tuesday again.

Nov 13, 2017

Black-bellied Dipper

Walking home with my daughter from the kindergarten I had a fly-over Black-bellied Dipper Cinclus cinclus cinclus. I heard it's typical electric call five or six times and saw the bird in the twilight. I never have seen this phenomenon before. Nice and nr 43 for the houselist!

Nov 2, 2017

Turøy, Parrot Crossbills and beautiful weather

The second of november had beautiful weather on Turøy, but not many birds about. Heard and saw some ten Parrot Crossbills Loxia pytyopsittacus, as well as a few flyby Common Crossbills L curvirostra. Finally I could take some shots of the first.
Further very quiet, but worth mentioning are two White-tailed Eagles Haliaeetus albicilla and two Greater Spotted Woodpeckers Dendrocopus major...

male Parrot Crossbill

female Parrot Crossbill

male Greater Spotted Woodpecker

first-year White-tailed Eagle

Oct 25, 2017

Bergen list: Gadwall

A pair of Gadwalls Anas strepera was reported the day before yesterday (but not yesterday) at Muthaugtjern near Flesland in Bergen. As the species is new for my Bergen list, I checked anyhow today. Still present!
Didn't get decent photo's, only record shot of the male...

Oct 18, 2017

Yellow-browed on my house list

This morning, while walking with Hickman I heard a Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus in Christieparken. Christieparken lies some 200 meters from my house and surprise: ten minutes later I heard it calling from my house! Only species nr 38 for my houselist!!

Oct 17, 2017

Yellow-legged Gull!!

A Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis is being present since the end of september on Øygarden, but only the last few days it is being seen regularly at Hatlestad, near Tjeldstø on Øygarden. Couldn't visit last weekend, so I went monday morning. I found it first flying at Straumsundet, but half an hour later I found it back sitting together with two Herring Gulls on a rock at quite a distance, much to the relief of those who were searching; a huge crowd of four other birders(!) managed to see it there after being warned...The bird flew away after some ten minutes.
There is some discussion about the ID (good p5, but not enough black on the outer primaries...). I am not a gull-guru, but I think that it looks like a very good candidate for michahellis. We'll see how the rarity committee decides...it would be a new bird for me on my Norwegian list.
On Herdlevær the female Red-baked Shrike was still present, together with a calling Yellow-browed Warbler, some flyby Parrot Crossbills, Common Redpolls and the usual Tree Sparrows.

Not the best picture: record shot of the Yellow-legged Gull (bird on the right). 
Large bill with red gonydeal angle-spot and completely white head visible here.
It also has a red orbital ring, visible only when clicking on the picture...

Red-backed Shrike, adult female as it seems

one of the noisy Tree Sparrows

Oct 7, 2017

Parrot Crossbills around

The last weeks an invasion of Parrot Crossbills Loxia pytyopsittacus is going on. Had a few over our new house and at Herdlevær the last few times I visited as well as on Turøy and the biological station in Bergen. The two on Turøy I could identify by bill structure.
However, taxonomy isn't stable in the Loxia- genus. It seems there are a few types of crossbill and some of them are like Parrot in structure and call. For the moment we call the birds of the last few weeks here and in north-western europa pytyopsittacus calling typical with an  almost wader-like quality as I would call it.

Further yesterday a Yellow-browed Warbler there and lot of thrushes in the air. Not much else on the warbler front, though...One Chiffchaff, a Blackcap and a rather late Pied Flycatcher...

Sep 26, 2017


Yesterday for the first time this autumn out to check on migration. Due to moving to a new house I didn't have much time so far and won't have much time further...
I checked Breivik and Herdlevær in beautiful weather. There were some birds about, but not many, most being up in the skies, I presume... Best were a calling Yellow-browed Warbler (reported five on saturday) on Herdlevær and a Jack Snipe on Breivik. Further some Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, a group of Parrot Crossbills and two Tree Sparrows. Friday again...

Aug 6, 2017

another day in the top of holland

The second saturday of our holiday in the Netherlands I spent again with my brother Sybrand and Lazar Brinkhuizen. This time we checked the wetlands around Groningen and the Lauwersmeer. Around the Zuidlaardermeer we saw to Baillon's Crakes, a breeding bird there and lots of Whiskered Terns. There have been breeding more than 30 pairs...
Further several Caspian Terns, Black-winged Stilts, Black-necked Grebes and a couple of White-tailed Eagles.

Baillon's Crake

juvenile Whiskered Terns

adult Whiskered Tern

Black-necked Grebe with chick


Jul 29, 2017

Pallid Harrier breeding in the Netherlands

Family holiday in the Netherlands again, Three weeks on the waddenisle Schiermonnikoog means lots of time on the beach with Robin and her cousins, but also a day or two birding with my brother and my good friend Lazar Brinkhuizen.
As it happens a pair of Pallid Harriers is breeding in the Netherlands for the first time ever. It is kept secret, but I was so happy to get information about the exact spot and saw today adult male and female and three crisp juveniles. Difficult circumstances for photography, though. Anyhow, here are some results...

the male, very worn

female, always difficult to identify

and one of the juveniles

Jul 4, 2017

Pacific Golden Plovers on Herdla

Yesterday Egil Frantzen discovered a Pacific Golden plover on Herdla, a fulva as I use to call them.
He reported it on Bird Alarm and the local system. When he saw another one, he was confused at first. But it were really two cracking adult birds, with the important diagnostics well visible; grey axilaries, long legs, very long tertials, boldly, golden spotted upperparts and the contrasting black-and -white underparts as well as (in flight) a slight toe projection beyond the tail.
During the day they held together with a European Golden Plover and were easy to find for those who came during the day. I even heard one call (a bit like a Spotted Redshank).

Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva

the grey axillary visible on the right bird

the two birds together

Jun 25, 2017

American Black Duck

Twitched the American Black Duck Anas rubripes this weekend at Hagavågen near Stavanger. Lifer as the other one I saw eight years ago proved to be a hybrid...Thanks to Bjørn Mo for helping me finding the bird.
Species number 300 for my Norwegian list, according to the very conservative Norwegian taxonomic rules...

record shots of the American Black Duck near Stavanger