Had a walk on Turøy before work. Not many birds, but always nice to be on Turøy and always something possible. The weather was fine, but the only birds worth mentioning were a flyby Grey Wagtail, three Chiffchaffs (collybita), three migrating Dunnocks and a migrating Tree Pipit. This last one I recorded well (use headphones)
Sep 16, 2021
Tuesday free, so I decided to go to Herdlevær. On the 16th of September autumn migration should be in full swing and so it was today. A continuous, gentle rain produced rather a lot of birds "on the ground". Best bird was a Western Yellow Wagtail (I think a first-winter flava) together with a group of Meadow Pipits. Further lots of Fieldfares, a few Redwings, Song Thrushes, 4 Goldfinches, Linnets and Twites. A Blackcap, one Willow Warbler and three Chiffchaffs on the Phylloscopus- front and a flyby Merlin was quite a long time ago for me. Waders included a few Golden Plovers, a Grey Plover and a Common Sand Plover, all flyby's.
Aug 28, 2021
Around 12:00 today Eirik Adolfsen reported a probable Honeybuzzard over Fyllingsdalen, flying south to Bergensdalen. That is where I live and I was at home. Of course I went up to the balcony and, believe it or not, there it was flying over my head, 10 minutes after the report. All went very quick, but it was a Honeybuzzard indeed, and a dark-colored one!!!
At first I could see it around 10 seconds in my bins gliding to the south and turning once, spreading its tail. Then I tried to photograph it, but it flew too quick. After that I found it back, I could see the bird gliding and flying for about one minute through my telescope, but against strong sunlight. All in all I could see enough details (characteristic silhouette, quite long tail, head and wings and an extra band on the tail when still in good light, as well as the flight silhouette with downcurved wings and flying like a kite) to make a positive ID. Now I have to convince the local committee also. But what an experience!
Made a description after the event. The detail drawing of the tail shows more contrast than the bird actually had, but the idea is to show the bird had a band on the tail and not many small stripes as Buzzard would show). Sorry for the bad quality..
In the morning I made a walk with Hickman at the biological station. Quiet there, but a migrating Greenshank was nice.
Aug 11, 2021
Quiet walk on Herdla today before work, nice weather and some waders. Best being juvenile Curlew Sandpiper. Further four Little Stints, some Dunlins, a lot of Common Ringed Plovers, 15 Ruff and flyby Common Greenshanks...
Aug 8, 2021
Jul 24, 2021
In July we were on Rømø, Denmark. Rømø is the southernmost wadden-isle of the country. No serious birding, but the island holds some nice breeding species, such as Little Tern and Kentish Plover. Both species are protected. Saw a total of 108 species during the holiday. One wetland produced good numbers of waders (beautiful Spotted Redshanks amongst others), a lot more than I am used to these days. Distant views though...😑
📡 Lesser Whitethroat (song)
📡 Lesser Whitethroat (call)
Jun 24, 2021
I had to make a sound recording of the Marsh Warbler that was on Austrheim. Listen below!
I couldn't find the other Marsh Warbler that was reported earlier in the week at Leirvåg. Otherwise during this night session the usual suspects with some Sedge Warblers, Woodcocks and three or four Tawny Owls...
Jun 23, 2021
After the breeding season ducks need time to moult. Almost every year one or two nice species turn up in this period. This year a nice, but shy drake Gadwall is at Tveitevannet. Yesterday I saw it only in flight, but today it showed quite nice. The Mallard below is less shy...also a calling Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, probably the same as reported early may nearby...
Jun 17, 2021
This morning I went to Herdla early morning for the Blyth's Reed Warbler at the golf course. Still singing and still showing itself rather good...Listen below some variations of the song: slow, fast and mimicry. Sound recorded a singing Twite as well.
On the reserve quiet with only the Blue-headed Wagtail worth mentioning. Otherwise a few Dunlins and lots of young birds...
Jun 13, 2021
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...