Jun 20, 2017

Trumpeter Finch near Bergen

Wicked stuff as Eirik Nydal Adolfsen discovered a Trumpeter Finch yesterday at Breivik on Øygarden. Luckily it was still present today!! And lucky to get some shots of this erratic bird...

Trumpeter Finch Bucanetes githagineus

Jun 16, 2017

a week in Turkey

From 3rd to 10th of june I spent a week in southern Turkey with Enno Ebels, Lodi Nauta and turkish resident Gernant Magnin. The first two days Kerem Boyla joined us.
Our main goal was to see Turkish Fish Owl Bubo semenowi, at  lake Ogmapinar near Akseki. This species was re-discovered some ten years ago after being absent for some 30 years. It was until recently considered (and still is by most authorities) a subspecies of Brown Fish Owl Bubo zeylonensis, but it was split recently by the Dutch (see Owls by the Sound Approach)...
We travelled from Antalya to Adana and had six days of excellent birding in the Taurus mountains, concentrating on mountain species like Caspian Snowcock Tetraogallus caspius and Radde's Accentor Prunella ocularis at the  known spot near Demirkazik. Caucasian Horned Lark Eremophila penicillata, Red-fronted Serin Serinus pusillus and Asian Crimson-winged Finch Rhodopechys sanguineus we saw at some other places as well. And more! I had a total of eleven new species and one additional for my WP-list.
Other birds worth mentioning are Levant Sparrowhawk Accipiter brevipes, Black Francolin Francolinus francolinus, White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis, Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis, Sombre Tit Poecile lugubris, Upcher's Warbler Hippolais languida, Olive Tree Warbler Hippolais olivetorum, Caspian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus (scirpaceus) caspiusFinch's Wheatear Oenanthe finchii Kruper's Nuthatch Sitta krueperi and Caucasian Water Pipit Anthus (spinoletta) coutelli.

Turkish Fish Owl Bubo semenowi

chick on the nest (picture by Kerem Boyla with Lodi Nauta's camera)

Radde's Accentor

Caucasian Horned Lark

Red-fronted Serin

and off course


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May 22, 2017

Wood Warbler

Yesterday I visited a little farm at Fjøsanger in Bergen with my daughter Robin. While playing and walking around I heard a Wood Warbler sing a few times. Didn't have any things with me, so no documentation, but this morning the bird was reported again. Anyhow, it is heard by other people as well.

May 12, 2017

Grasshopper Warbler

This Grasshopper Warbler is holding territory at Åsane, Bergen

Grasshopper Warbler Locustella naevia

Apr 16, 2017

Dutch Birding

A midweek in the Netherlands to visit family gave me some time to bird. A trip with my brother produced some dutch birds. Not much special though. However, a fine White-spotted Bluethroat Luscinia svecica cyanecula showed well at Nooitgedacht...White Stork has become a common bird in the Netherlands again.

White-spotted Bluethroat

White Stork

Both pictures by my brother Sybrand

Apr 7, 2017

a little bit of spring

I was at the biologisk stasjon today and it tasted as spring as two Dunnocks, a Chiffchaff and a Song Thrush were singing...Further a Long-tailed Duck at sea at quite a distance.

Mar 27, 2017

Tundra Bean Geese still present

The two Tundra Bean Geese were still present today at Skeie, Rådal in Bergen. Didn't get any pics before though. Further the first singing Skylark at Flesland!

Otherwise not much birding lately...

Feb 5, 2017

Bergen birding

Last week I was home "sick" with a hurt shoulder. Painful, but it didn't keep me from birding. Nice weather and nice birds in Bergen community: Hawk Owl, King Eider, a pair of Tundra Bean Geese and a Common Pochard being best. Furthermore A Rough-legged Buzzard at Åsane, eight Purple Sandpipers at Flesland and a flyby Hawfinch at Stadped.

Jan 22, 2017

Short-eared Owl at last

I have always missed on Short-eared Owl in Hordaland. The last few winters one was reported at Flesland. Recently, even two are reported regularly, flying around at the airport.
Missed it until today! After trying five times this week I finally saw one of them today, flying for a short period. This is species nr 250 for Hordaland and nr 175 for Bergen!
Also, the two Tundra Bean Geese still present at the golf course at Fana...

Jan 13, 2017

Hawk Owl in Bergen

This winter there are a few about in Bergen. I saw this one today at Flesland airport.