Afternoon on Turøy. The usual with Mealy Redpolls, Waxwings, a Blackcap and a Grey-headed Woodpecker.
Oct 24, 2010
23 october 2010: my first visit to Hernar. Had a full day with Håvard Husebø on this tiny island between Øygarden and Fedje. We didn't find rare birds, but it was quite OK with several Waxwings, two Woodcock, a group of 25 Jackdaw (!) flying over, a few Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap. Mealy Redpolls (some with much white on the rump), Blue Tits and Wrens all over the place. The redpolls were all too nervous to get good views...
And off course White-tailed Eagles. On "mainland" Øygarden several hundreds of waxwing and Fieldfare.
Oct 21, 2010
Went out today with Håvard Husebø, Terje Hansen and Egil Frantzen to Herdla. In fact the first wintertrip with snow! We saw the same stuff as usual with Goldfinch, Jack Snipe, Lapland Longspur, Barnacle Goose, several Waxwings and Mealy Redpolls being worth to mention.
At home I had a Nutcracker flying by. It was a new species for my house-list.
Oct 15, 2010
Today an afternoon trip to Herdla. Beautiful autumn weather, but (as a result) rather quiet, but Waxwings were on the move, with 75 flying by. Also a Goldfinch, which is rather scarce in Hordaland. Further 4 Slavonian Grebes, a Jacksnipe , Grey Wagtail, Treecreeper, Bullfinch and to Nutcrackers at Ravnanger, Askøy. No Richards Pipit!!!!
Oct 11, 2010
Today spent a couple of hours on Breivik and Herdlevær. Not bad with a fly by Red-throated Pipit (has to be submitted to the local rarities committee), Waxwing and quite a lot of Common Redpolls. Also no less than five Mistle Thrush.
Two pics of Common Redpoll flammea. Grey birds with white wingbars and rather white rump. These days Arctic Redpolls are also being reported! Hope to find one soon.
Anne and I spent the weekend on Utsira. It was loaded with birds, at least on friday and saturday. On friday no less than four(!!!) Red-flanked Bluetails were found and on saturday (possibly) a new one.
On friday we arrived 17:30. Before dark I managed to see Little Bunting, Great Grey Shrike, RFB and Red-breasted Flycatcher. On saturday another RFB and an Olive-backed Pipit just before dark. The latter gave just short views.
On saturday a Bairds Sandpiper was reported in Jæren. Hot bird in Norway and for the majority of the hardcore twitchers a new bird, so what to do with the provided ferry schedules. No problem. A novelty for the norwegian twitching scene: helicopter! Both on saturday and sunday the listers made it to Jæren and back, succesfully.
Oct 6, 2010
A second-day twitch in steady rain for the White Stork on Lindås. It was resting on a wet, wet rubbish dump. WS is a rarity in Norway (I'm from a country where you don't twitch this species...). Anyhow, a new bird for my norwegian list.
Got a Black-bellied Dipper (the national norwegian bird) on the way back near Gullfjellet. A ring is visible on the left leg.