Jæren hasn’t proven that exciting so far although 15 year ticks within the first 24 hours is not something I could have expected in Oslo this weekend. We split into 2 groups this morning (before doing committee work in the afternoon and evening) and the group I was not in experienced a mini fall of passerines including a singing Red-breasted Flycatcher (dvergfluesnapper) whereas my group (group is probably the wrong word as it was just Tor and I – more like a deadly duo) concentrated on seawatching and were rewarded by 3 White-billed Divers (gulnebblom) alongside over 200 Red-throated Divers (smålom) migrating north, 2 Glaucous Gulls (polarmåke) and the long-staying Surf Scoter (brilleand). I also had a couple of personal birding firsts with displaying Black-tailed Godwits (svarthalespove) plus also for the first time close views of summer plumaged Great Northern Divers (islom).
Buoyed by our couple of Glaucous Gulls Tor and I spent some time looking through a large flock of gulls on some fields and reckoned we should be able to find a Caspian Gull. Seconds later Tor found an interesting bird but its small size and when it flew all dark primaries pointed towards it being a 2cy Lesser Black-backed Gull (sildemåke) but non-the-less a smart gull.
We are staying as usual at Kjell Mjølsnes house which I have said before is undoubtedly the best placed house a birder could dream of having. Best bird for me so far from the house was a singing Grasshopper Warbler (gresshoppesanger) when I walked out but it wouldn’t surprise me if we turned up a national rarity before the weekend is done.
|the closest of the migrating White-billed Divers - what a bird!|
|male Surf Scoter|
|a very white and large Glaucous Gull, presumed 2cy|
Video of the Surf Scoter:
Year ticks:Great Northern Diver, White-billed Diver, Shag, Purple Sandpiper, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Turnstone, Glaucous Gull, Black Guillemot, Razorbill, Rock Pipit, Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Rook plus a flava Yellow Wagtail from the living room window in the evening whilst doing committee work!