May 31, 2011

a day at home

After 15 days of working (some of them 15 hours), Abdullah and I spent the day at home. Did some reading and checked the garden for birds. Only breeding Blue Tits present, noisy and alarming because of Abdullah, who barely noticed them (too small a bit, I think).

May 27, 2011


White Wagtail
A few firsts of the year at Kallandsvannet. The usual stuff, though: singing Grasshopper Warbler, House Martin and Winchat. Further five singing Sedge Warblers.

May 26, 2011


Between activities an hour at Myrdalsvannet, wich produced a fine Wood Warbler, which showed quite well (new county species for me), three Icterine Warblers, to Common Sandpipers and a Cuckoo. No pics.

May 17, 2011

Dutch Birding

Lazar and Dusan Brinkhuizen helping me counting sheep

Was in the Netherlands for the traditional Big Day (team: Jan van der Laan, Leo Heemskerk, Roelof de Beer and I) on the 14th of May. Because of that missed on the Crag Martin on Hernar. The weather was quite good on the week before the 14th, but on the day itself it was bad with lots of wind and it was very cold, so we didn't get a new record. Usualy we manage to see 180+, but this year we had 162 species (and not the 190 or so we were going for). The record is 187 species in 2003. Maybe next year...

Wood Sandpiper
Middle Spotted Woodpecker
Angry Middle Spotted Woodpecker
My brother taking pics og Mute Swan
White Stork
Barn Swallow

Black Redstart

Black Tern
Above a minor impression of some typical dutch species.

May 2, 2011


This morning at home a calling Wryneck! I presume it is a migrant. No pics off course.