Jan 13, 2015

Wandering Glaucous Gull

I saw the first-winter Glaucous Gull today at the Tveitevannet. Looked for it in the city centre, where it was ringed earlier this year. After that it was seen at the Ortuvannet, but couldn't find it yesterday either.

first-winter Glaucous Gull

Jan 4, 2015

King Eider

Bird of the day without doubt a male King Eider at Meland. It's bill was not very swollen, so it may be a subadult bird. It was foraging in a large group of Common Eiders. Too far away for pictures. A week later I could tick it for my Bergen list at Salhus!
Further at the Ortuvannet the Carrion Crow still present, as well as a Water Rail. At Flesland a flyby Goldfinch and a group of seven Mute Swans.

Water Rail

Carrion Crow

Jan 3, 2015

Pink-footed Goose in Bergen

Started the year good with a Pink-footed Goose, new for my Bergen list. It was still present at Bahus bru near Kalandsvannet. Bird nr 164.
A little bit of birding in the area also resulted in a Water Rail at Mildevannet, the wintering Pintail at Birkelandsvannet, 14 Goldfinches and two Chaffinches at Kismul, several Whooper Swans, a few Long-tailed Tits and other common winter birds. On the way back home two flyby geese near Nesttun, while driving...Wonder which species these may have been

Pink-footed Goose. Shy, but showing well

Jan 1, 2015

New Year

After night shift a stroll at the biological station at Espeland, which proved very quiet with five Red-breasted Mergansers, a few Wrens and Blackbirds. At Espeland at the feeding station a Tree Sparrow was present together with some 100 or so House Sparrows, a couple of Yellowhammers, two Wood Pigeons and a Ring-necked Dove. Didn't see Tree sparrow in 2014 in Bergen...