Nov 21, 2019

Herdla 21th of November

Well, November on Herdla with grey and mild weather can be nice and it was today. Not many birds but a nice juvenile Goshawk made the day. It was feasting on a Wigeon, together with two Hooded Crows patiently waiting for their turn.
Further the usual suspects with Common and Velvet Scoters, a few Long-tailed Ducks and a Great Northern Diver.
At Kjerreide a group of seven flyby Two-barred Crossbills.

young Goshawk protecting it's prey

Nov 2, 2019

Siberian Chiffchaff on the house list

This morning a tristis was calling when I got out of the house with Hickman. It was calling good, but I didn't have camera or telefone on me, so no documentation so far. A quick search afterwards did not produce. May be later...
And yes, I found it back in the afternoon! Only calling twice then, but showing well.

Phylloscopus tristis

This bird shows all the characteristics of tristis, being a light and grey warbler, with no green and yellow in it's plumage.  Only on the closed wing is a little bit green visible, formed by the fringes of the secondaries. No yellow tones on the eyebrow, a white eye-ring and a faint wing bar are otherwise good characters, as well as the very dark bare parts. The call, which I would describe as a plaintive and high "seep" reminiscent of a down chick, makes the ID safe and sound.

Nov 1, 2019


Today I had to try for more, even though I am ill. Succeeded in finding (probably) new birds at Smøråsfjellet. Made some satisfying pictures this time, together with Kjetil Salomonsen and Petter Thornes. The only male we saw came down for drinking! A total of 20 birds today and 20 Two-barred Crossbills there as well. Below some of the day's results...
Further 12 Two-barred Crossbills at Skagetjern. That species is around in good numbers!

stunning male Pine Grosbeak