November has been a month with a lot of jobbing, bad weather and dark outside, so not much birding. Last Saturday, though, I saw a Firecrest at Milde, that was a new Bergen species for me. It was also nr 149 for my Bergen yearlist, meaning that I have December to try to get 150. White-tailed Eagle still missing...
Oct 28, 2020
Many birds today at Herdlevær but only a few species. Thrushes and finches...
Got some nice recording of a Brambling. Hear below (best with headphones). The first with only the nasal call, on the second recording below you can hear the soft "tep" as well
Oct 23, 2020
Today after a period with heavy rains tried on Herdlevær. Lots of birds. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker best bird with two flyby Grey Wagtails coming in second place. Further lots of Robins, wrens, thrushes and so on, but all usual suspects...heard three times a call which reminded me of Humes Leaf Warbler, but I couldn't find the bird...I don't want to claim that one, but it sounded really good.
Nice recording of a Redwing below
Oct 21, 2020
Much rain today and loads of thrushes on the ground. Fieldfares, Blackbirds, Redwings and a few Song Thrushes at Flesland gård and the Marin biological Station. Further a Goldfinch and four Tree Sparrows. Below a recorded of a Eurasian Treecreeper
Oct 19, 2020
Today a visit to Herdla. It is October, so have to get out when possible😊. It was nice, but no shocking events...
A group of 24 Pink-footed Geese, two Northern Pintails, some 80 Wigeons, three Grey Plovers and some Dunlins on the fields. A walk at Herdla Fort produced a very vocal male Grey-headed Woodpecker, some Common Crossbills, two Nuthatches(!) and a flyby Goldfinch. Lots of Fieldfares, Common Starlings and Robins, as well as a few Willow Tits made the trip worth wile. Listen some sound recordings below.
I think it's difficult to judge which type crossbill is involved here. There are described 6 different types, based on differences in calls (A, B, C, D, E and F). I think the recorded crossbills are type A...or C...
One can read and hear more about this in Dutch Birding 22:61-107 and the CD Introduction to vocalizations of crossbills in north-western Europe, both by Magnus Robb, both published in 2000
Oct 15, 2020
It was fantastic weather today...tried Herdlevær, but it was as expected very quiet. The only birds worth mentioning were a Grey-headed Woodpecker, which was calling a lot and flying around and a few Goldfinches...and of course Robins and Wrens I around very corner😊
Oct 8, 2020
I missed on a little group of three Bearded Reedlings at Herdlevær yesterday😑. I wasn't able to visit, so I went to Herdlevær today without any expectations or hope at all, because they were not seen after 15:00 on wednesday. It was by the way a group of Norwegian birds, ringed this year in southern Norway...
But at a totally different place I found them back. It went quick. I couldn't believe my ears first. I only heard them vaguely and couldn't locate them. Then I decided to get a bit closer as they were calling again. After that I could make a few sound recordings. Then the four (!) birds flew away after about ten minutes, during which I could take more sound recordings. Searching afterwards with a few present birders was fruitless. It could well be that they slept on the spot and flew away after my encounter...
The sound recordings are quite distant and not very good as I could not get closer than about 50 meters, but one can hear the unmistakable calls of the birds😊
Further rather quiet with among others one Lesser Whitethroat (curruca), 10 Goldfinches, only one Chiffchaff (collybita) and lots of Goldcrests. At Breivik I saw one Northern Pintail and further the group of Pink-footed Geese with two Barnacles still present.
Oct 1, 2020
Went to Herdlevær this morning and arrived when it was still a bit dark. Started with a fly-over Hawfinch at Breivik. Spent almost three hours which produced no less than six Yellow-browed Warblers! They were calling good, but difficult to see. Tried to get some pics, but didn't get good enough result to publish here.
Lots of birds about with two migrating Grey Wagtails, groups of seven and six Goldfinches, two Blackcaps, three Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler. Further at Breivik a group of 61 Pink-footed Geese...
Later on the day I paid a visit to the Mandarin Duck in Bergen, which was nr 140 for the Bergen yearlist (countable in Norway). Only one short now for a record😊 (the Stonechat at Kalandsvannet yesterday was a new bird for Bergen for me...). To make the day even more special I heard another YBW at Christieparken, totaling the day number at 7!
Sep 29, 2020
Sep 10, 2020
The adult Yellow-legged Gull is still present at Davøy for the third year in succession. It looks very much like a michahellis, but according to some gull specialists there is something wrong with the black at the tip of the wings p5-p10...Indeed, it seems that there is not enough black in the wing for a typical michahellis. Could it be one of the baltic yellow-legged Herring Gulls (formerly omissus?, or a hybrid?) I am not a gull specialist. I think the Norwegian rarity committee has the last word, I don't know if this individual will be accepted...
Nice bird and easy to find with the white head, red orbital ring, big bill, dark upper parts and yellow legs!
Earlier in the morning I found a Rose-coloured Starling between the common ones. I was too slow to get decent pictures. Later on the day it was seen by Terje Hansen and Jørn Opsal as well
Aug 26, 2020
The last few weeks very quiet, but yesterday a Black-tailed Godwit and a Ruff on the airport fields of Flesland. Two new birds for the year in Bergen. Long distance, so no pics. At the biological station a flyby Kestrel, which was also a new bird for the year in Bergen, totaling 134 now. Don't know if it's going to be a record this year...
Aug 9, 2020
Last night I joined a session of luring and catching European Storm Petrels at Herdlevær. We watched and ringed twelve birds. Nice result!! All these beauties were second calendar year birds. These are identifiable because of the pointed (and not rounded) p2.
After ringing and measuring the birds stay on the stone they are placed upon for a short minute, giving good photo opportunities.
Jul 14, 2020
In Danmark bad weather, but a short visit to a wetland produced no less than 20 (!) Red-necked Grebes, three summer-plumaged Spotted Redshanks, some Ruffs end a few Wood Sandpipers, among others. Always nice for a Bergen-based birder😊
|Male Red-backed Shrike|
|Coals Tits, the adult feeding the juvenile|
|juvenile Coal Tit|
Jun 26, 2020
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Jun 19, 2020
Jun 18, 2020
Well, it was OK with some nice birds but nothing out of the ordinary. Best birds were two, may be three Blue-headed Wagtails (breeding birds), a couple of Barnacle Geese, a Greenshank and a Ruddy Turnstone as well as a lone Golden Plover (no, not the rare one) an two flyby Eurasian Curlews...
Jun 15, 2020
Jun 11, 2020
Jun 7, 2020
Below a video with the characteristic song
Jun 4, 2020
As a good bonus a Blyth's Reed Warbler was singing as well, that one found by Terje Hansen. I heard it singing shortly on the way to the wader and not on the way back. I think it was raining to hard. May be I'll go back for that one in the weekend...
Further a flyby Spotted Redshank, a Knot, a Turnstone, a few Dunlin's and a Blue-headed Wagtail. Nice afternoon with two new species for the county list with 263 now!
By the way, The Blyth's reed W was not heard again...Lucky I was!
May 30, 2020
Further a lot of birding in Bergen, but no shocking things...
May 14, 2020
May 10, 2020
It was of course a new Vestland-species (formerly Hordaland), a total now of 260!
May 1, 2020
Apr 18, 2020
Not bad and during the two-and-a-half years we've been living here I have seen and heard some good birds, among others a flyby Common Moorhen at night, Pine Grosbeak, Green Woodpecker and Black-bellied Dipper all flying by. Other birds that are worth mentioning are Woodcock in the house, Siberian Chiffchaff and Yellow-browed Warbler!!
Apr 7, 2020
At Unnelandsneset I saw a touch and go male Pied Wagtail. No pic of that one...
Apr 6, 2020
Feb 17, 2020
Otherwise a (sub)singing Hawfinch this morning in my garden. Yesterday a flyby Peregrine over my house and last week the Hawk Owl of Trengereidåsen. Not many pictures lately though. Bad weather!!