Friday, 26 July 2013

Waders waders waders

In scorching heat I guided Jim and Linda from California yesterday taking in Årnestangen and Maridalen. For the time of the year and given the temperatures I was quite happy with 60 plus species.
Highlights were Red-backed Shrike (tornskate), Little Gull (dvergmåke), Crane (trane), Curlew Sandpiper (tundrasnipe), Knot (polarsnipe), Little Stint (dvergsnipe), Temminck's Stint, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (dvergspett) and at least 9 Ospreys (fiskeørn).
I added to the 17 species of wader that we had at Årnestangen on Tuesday with an adult Little Stint, 3 summer plumaged Curlew Sandpipers and a few Snipe (enkeltbekkasin) to make it 20 species at this locality in the course of 3 days - not bad at all. There were also a few Ruff (brushane) although not the hoped for summer plumged male, a couple of Dunlin (myrsnipe), four Knot and a single Temminck's Stint. It is quite a walk out to the end of Årnestangen but it is well worth it at this time of the year and there were no mosquitos!! 
Three juvenile Little Gulls were probably not locally bred but can't have come too far.
Ospreys were the only raptor but were very obvious with at least nine birds including six visible together at one point. There was much calling and it looked like there were three different family groups in the air. Passerines were quite hard to come by but we did see Icterine Warbler (gulsanger), Garden Warbler (hagesanger) and Marsh Tit (løvmeis).

Maridalen didn't disappoint in the heat of the afternoon. A juvenile Red-backed Shrike showed well and hopefully is a sign of succesful breeding close by (I haven't seen any sign of the aduts since the end of June). Two shreeking raptors turned out to be recently fledged Goshawks that seemed to be testing their flying skills. In the bay at Nes there were also five species of waders which is VERY encouraging for the weeks ahead: Greenshank, Snipe, Wood, Green and Common Sandpipers.

Now are we in Bodø as the weather forecast (and actual weather) changed to sun and warmth, so we will enjoy a few days in the arctic (well it is north of the circle that name). It will actually be nice to get away from the warmth of Oslo.

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