Jul 10, 2014

Demoiselle Crane

On the road through southern Norway to Denmark for a family holiday. The report of a Demoiselle Crane near Larvik changed the route. Saw it on monday. Good bird, I think, as do lots of other birders. At the time of writing this post, the bird has gone. The evening spent in Kristiansand on the 10th produced a calling European Nightjar at Holskogen, another new one for my Norwegian list. Otherwise no birding. Picture taken by Anne with a small lens.

As a kind of co-hobby I watch butterflies (and damsel/dragonflies) as well, as do many other birders; they fly, migrate, wander and get lost once in a while. In the Netherlands I was used to a real twitching culture...Numbers in Norway, especially Hordaland, are low compared to warmer areas, but this summer the weather is extremely good, so may be I'll find some more species than the numerous Pieris-species. So far I have seen a staggering 27 species in Norway...

Scarce Copper/Oransjegullvinge Lycaena virgaureae in Oslo

Arran Brown/Fløyelsringvinge Erebia ligea, also in Oslo

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