Thursday, 22 December 2011
As the good son I offered to pick my parents up from the airport. That they were flying into Rygge which is close to Kurefjorden of course had nothing to do with it! But if the chance arises.... Leaving nice and early in case there was bad traffic I suddenly found i had a couple of hours to fill with... birding. A quick stop at Brentetangen revealed a fairly calm sea and no movement of birds. Never-the-less 8 Kittiwakes were feeding offshore and a handful of Guillemots, Razorbills, Common Scoters amd Red-breasted Mergansers sat on the sea. Moving on to Kurefjorden it was already grtting dark at 1430. There were few birds to see and ice had formed around the edges of the inner fjord. There were still 3 Slavonian Grebes and 14 Great Crested Grebes managing to find food and 9 Velvet Scoter, 3 Common Scoter, 2 Guillemots, 20 R-b Mergansers and 100 or so Goldeneyes. Unfortunately no raptors or shrikes to see today.