Wednesday, 11 May 2011


Up at 4am again for a seawatch at Brentetangen. Yesterday a migrating Great Northern Diver and 5 Arctic Skuas had been recorded there so I thought it worth a try. When I arrived at 0530 there was no wind and a flat sea which is not normally too conducive to passage and indeed it wasn't. I held out for 2 hours with a handful of Common and Velvet Scoters, one each of Black-throated and Red-throated Diver to show for my efforts. The Red-throated Diver actually turned round and headed back south - so impressed it was with the conditions.
Onto Kurefjorden where things were not much better. Hardly any waders to see although a Spotted Redshank was new for the year as were 4 Gadwall and a singing Garden Warbler. Lesser and Common Whitethroat are now back in good numbers and Reed Warblers are also now singing from the reeds. A five minute period of sky watching proved very productive with a female Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk and Hobby going over.
Back in Oslo I popped in at Maridalen again to see even lower water levels but the same waders as yesterday. New in were 5 Yellow (Grey-headed) Wagtails.

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