The last two days I have been guiding Kathy and Mike from Oregon. After a stop to see Maridalen’s highlights we headed off to find the best that Oppland County has to offer around Beitostølen and Valdresflya. We had to contend with a day of heavy rain and strong winds on Thursday but despite this had a very enjoyable and successful trip.
Highlights were many but good views of a Blyth’s Reed Warbler on the way up (a, for once, successful twitch), lekking Great Snipes, Dotterel, Long-tailed Skua, Purple Sandpiper, Lapland Bunting, Bluethroat, Rough-legged Buzzard and Red-breasted Flycatcher were stand outs.
I took few photos due to the bad weather and also because I was guiding but here is a flavour of how good it was.
|Long-tailed Skue (fjelljo). One of a minimum of 10 that we saw which is a very high number in southern Norway|
|2 distant skuas against the cluod covered mountains|
|Valdresflya with Bitihorn in the distance. Very little snow this year|
|Great Snipe (dobbeltbekkasin)|
|Purple Sandpiper (fjæreplytt)|
|Rough-legged Buzzard (fjellvåk)|
|Arctic Tern (rødnebbterne) - small numbers breed high in the mountains|
|Blyth's Reed Warbler (busksanger)|