Sunday, 18 September 2011


This weekend we stayed again at the cabin in Hulvik about 45 minutes drive south of Oslo. Unfortunately the weather was far too good for there to be anything happening on the sea although a Kittiwake and a Common Tern were not too bad. Far more exciting though were a seal and a porpoise.

Around the cabin there were quite a few passerines with Crested, Willow, Marsh, Coal, Great and Blue Tits and both Great and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker along with Goldcrest, Nuthatch and Chiffchaff. A Grass Snake was in exactly the same place as the Smooth Snake we saw in July meaning I have seen all three species of Norwegian snake this year.

A Buzzard this afternoon flew north and then crossed the fjord which is exactly the opposite of what I would expect it to be doing at this time of the year - they should be heading south east for the winter.

I had hoped to spend some time on the island of Værøy around now and it is a shame I wasn't able to. A group of birders has just arrived there and have already found Citrine Wagtail, Olive-backed Pipit and 10 Yellow-browed Warblers.

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