For the fourth time this year I had a seawatch at Geitingneset at Herdlevær. I'd very much like to see Manx Shearwater here, but so far I don't succeed. Anyhow today not many birds, but there were two Great Skua's and a very nice Pomarine Skua today which were slowly migrating. I guess the Pomarine was a female because of the broad breastband...Otherwise some Gannets and a flyby Common Eider as well as the usual Shags...
Jun 8, 2021
I had to make a try for the Blyth's Reed Warbler at the golf course on Herdla after seeing the stunning photo's. It would be a opportunity for some sound recordings as well. I did not have the views and songs the others had earlier on the day. Probably I was too early in the night, but I had to work the following day and was already tired after a busy working weekend. Anyhow, it was singing only three or four short phrases. I managed to make a recording with some song and you can hear the call at the end of the recording. I also saw it two or three times very shortly...
Otherwise a flyby Yellow Wagtail, probably one of the flava's reported before on the nature reserve
Jun 7, 2021
Jun 6, 2021
May 23, 2021
Today early morning a trip to Herdla. Anything possible in may. Best bird was a singing Common Quail on the fields near the observation tower. I managed to make a sound recording, listen below. Otherwise some waders with four adult Black-tailed Godwits, always at a distance. I couldn't determine if it were islandica or nominates. Three Whimbrels on the fields and a flyby Wood Sandpiper made the walk nice.
At another spot on the island a pair of Wrynecks, that behaved as if they are planning to breed: lots of noise and a bit of drumming or hacking...listen below. A fine singing Spotted Flycatcher as well
May 15, 2021
Today rather warm and cloudy, lots of new birds about. I had four singing Pied Flycatchers at Kismul and (another) one singing near my garden. The Sedge Warblers coming in with two at Kalandsvatnet as well five House Martins there. This was all early morning. In the afternoon I twitched Wood Warbler near Flesland, which was singing quite well. Listen by clicking the link below!
May 13, 2021
I was awake very early, so I made a quick trip to Flesland. On the airstrip a distant Carrion Crow was present with a Hooded Crow. It flew off, but may still be there somewhere...The Pink-footed Goose was still there with a group of Greylags. Otherwise the usual suspects with singing Linnet and Lesser Redpoll as well as two Northern Wheatears. On the way back tried for the Glaucous Gull at the Tveitevannet which I digiscoped. I have to practice a bit , but it's fun!
May 12, 2021
At the Arboretum at Milde Anne and me had a short walk to look at the rhododendrons in bloom. While doing so I saw and heard a singing Hawfinch at Mildevatnet. Suppose it's breeding there. Further an early Icterine Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Whitethroat and a singing Tree Pipit. Seem the weather change with southerly winds bring the birds!
At home I keep tried some digiscoping from the balcony and watched this Ring-necked Dove near it's nesting tree
May 7, 2021
May 2, 2021
Not even 200 meters from my house lies Christieparken. I often go there with Hickman early morning before work, not wearing bins or camera. Doing so I often hear the Grey Wagtails that are residing there. They breed there somewhere in or around the Christieelven too. Today I spent an hour or so trying to find their exact whereabouts and to get some pictures. It was rather crowded with children but I managed to get a few shots.
May 1, 2021
I presume the same Pink-footed Goose is still on Flesland. It wasn't reported since last week though. Anyhow, full spring despite the northern winds with Barn Swallows, Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and Lesser Redpolls returning...
Listen to a Common Chiffchaff singing at the Skeievatnet
Apr 28, 2021
Apr 24, 2021
This morning a quick check at Flesland gård. Found a Pink-footed Goose along with 24 Greylags. Not that common in Bergen. Further spring migrants as Northern Wheatear, Twite, Common Linnet and three Eurasian Golden plovers...