Friday, 31 May 2013

Rix and Zak day 1

A quick update from my trip with Rune (a fuller report with pictures and video will come later). We left Oslo at 5pm yesterday and less than a full day into the trip highlights are as follows:
A very lively Great Snipe (dobbeltbekkasin)  lek with birds as close as 5 metres, Long-tailed Skua (fjelljo), multiple Dotterel (boltit), Rough-legged Buzzard (fjellvåk) and Short-eared Owls (jordugle), Temmincks Stint, both Ptarmign (ryppe) species, Shore Lark (fjellerke), Lapland Bunting (lappspurv), Bluethroat (blåstrupe), Long-tailed Duck (havelle) and Crane (trane).
We haven't been able to follow the intended route over the mountains as the mountain road is still closed for the winter!
Compared to last year there is an awful lot less snow and on Valdresflya there was considerably more bare ground now than a month later last year which meant birds were widespread but more difficult to pin down.

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