Aug 29, 2022

Herdla again, another Citrine!!

 Beautiful weather, less birds on Herdla today. I saw a Citrine Wagtail again, but this time it was a juvenile/first winter. It had no yellow and a very pronounced head pattern with a dark border above the eyebrow and the cheeks were surrounded by white. In the field I was convinced it was a young bird and thus another one than the adult present before in august. But of course I was puzzled, because there had been an adult in the same area, often feeding on the same spot prior to this bird; could it be worn, so that the yellow in the feathers on the underparts was gone due to wear? But adult birds have a complete post-breeding moult, so that would seem strange to happen so early in the season. 

Young birds undergo a partial moult when they change from juvenile to first-winter plumage. These birds moult their body and some wing coverts. The tertials of my bird look a bit abraded, but the coverts seem quite fresh. This contrast fits a young bird better than an adult...Also the pattern of the greater coverts with their dark centers contrasting sharp with the white tips fits young birds better than adults (which have less contrasting borders in this pattern). I sound-recorded the bird today too...

Although I initially was puzzled, I think that today's bird is young (and thus a different) one. I will submit this sighting to the local rarities committee and I hope they will agree. This bird being a different one, I could count it as an edelkryss...

Further quiet, but there were still two Wood Sandpipers present, which were singing and two beautiful, juvenile Spotted Redshanks were present as well as a young Curlew Sandpiper.

1k Citrine Wagtail. Lacking yellow and the head pattern is typical of a 1k

1k Spotted Reshank. One of the two birds present today

🎤 Citrine Wagtail

🎤 Spotted Redshank

Aug 26, 2022

Citrine seen and (even better) heard on Herdla

 Saw the female Citrine Wagtail this morning on Herdla. Heard it calling and saw it distantly through the telescope, short and it flew away before I could get closer. But I managed to record the call😃

The time of the year is very good for waders. Five Temmincks Stints, one Little Stint, still five Black-tailed Godwits and two Wood Sandpipers being best. Further around 200 Ruff, a few Bar-tailed Godwits and the like.

         young Wood Sandpiper, born this year

islandica Black-tailed Godwit. Same bird as on Wednesday, wonder if it is ill

Temminck's Stint, young bird

🎤 Citrine Wagtail

🎤 Temminck's Stint

🎤 White Wagtail

Aug 24, 2022

Waders, but no Citrine...

 Tried for the Citrine Wagtail on Herdla today. Although it was seen by Egil and Laila Frantzen just before I came, I failed to see it...

Well, enough waders about to enjoy being there anyhow. Best birds a distant flyby Spotted Redshank, a Wood Sandpiper, 11 Black-tailed Godwits (I presume islandica...) and otherwise the usual suspects with still a Yellow Wagtail present.

juvenile Dunlin

                                              juvenile Black-tailed Godwit, islandica I guess; quite rufous on the neck 
                                                                        and breast and not a very long bill

🎤 Temminck's Stint


Aug 23, 2022

Eurasian Curlew at Flesland gård

 Tried for Herdla today, but the bridge to the island was closed😑. Had to turn and visited Flesland gård in stead. There the Eurasian Curlew was still present. Further quiet with two migrating Tree Pipits and two Linnets worth mentioning. No other waders...

juvenile Eurasian Curlew (clearly visible notches on the scapulars and terials, as well as short bill)

Aug 22, 2022

Marvellous seawatch

 This morning I spent three hours at Geitingneset at Herdlevær for a seawatch. Terje Hansen, Laila and Egil Frantzen were already there when I came. Winds came from the southwest and were moderate. These circumstances delivered very good numbers of shearwaters. I saw 10 Sooty Shearwaters (new for my Norwegian list and thus for Hordaland as well) and 29 Manx Shearwaters with a group of 16 birds together!!!

Terje Hansen did spend a few hours more and saw over 100 shearwaters!! Further worth mentioning were 4 Ruddy Turnstones, a adult Black-headed Gull and seven Twites

Aug 15, 2022

Waders on the move

 The last few days I visited Herdla twice. Visiting the wetland in august always deliveres a boost to the "yearlist". Indeed a nice variety of waders present. Best being a group of 16 Black-tailed Godwits (islandica I presume), a Temmincks Snipe, Spotted Redshank, Wood Sandpiper and Red Knot. Today I saw a flyby Little Ringed Plover (at least I thought so), calling briefly, sounding good for that species and showing plain wings without white wing bars. I couldn't find it back, so let it be...

Further the first Barnacle Goose of the autumn, a Kestrel and a Peregrine 

Aug 3, 2022


The last week of July I had a family trip to Iceland. Although it was primarily a family trip, I had the opportunity to do some birdwatching (as always). It was a successful trip, although Harlequin Duck was not easy (saw five, of which one from a driving car that couldn't stop at that place). Anyhow, I saw what I wanted to see and we did a short whale watching tour at Húsavik.

Most important birds were of course Harlequin Duck Histrionicus histrionicus and Barrow's Goldeneye Bucephala islandica. The Harlequin Duck cost me one-and-a-half hour to find at the famous spot where the Láxa rivers meets Myvatn (probably because they had young and spent time in the vegetation). Barrow's Goldeneye was easy with a few males still in breeding plumage.

Otherwise holds Iceland a few endemic taxa, most of which I did see. Black-tailed Godwit islandica, Merlin subaesalon, Wren islandicus and Snow Bunting insulae. Further loads of Atlantic Puffins, beautiful Great Northern Divers, Arctic and Great Skuas and quite a few Red-necked Phalaropes...

Mammals we saw were Humpback Whale, Grey Seal, Harbour Seal, Arctic Fox and Rabbit...


Harlequin Duck female with three ducklings

Barrow's Goldeneye male

Barrow's goldeneye male eclips

Barrow's Goldeneye female

Redwing coburni

Eider borealis

European Golden Plover

Great Northern Diver, which I heard sometimes

Slavonian Grebe


black beach with Robin at Vik



And below the sounds one hears all the time in the right habitat

                                                              🎤 European Golden Plover