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Back Home In Norway

Hallo All,
It was good to be back home and roaming around Chat Moss watching Common Buzzard, visiting Woolstone Eye to see the Black-necked Grebes and seeing a Kingfisher at Pennington Flash. But I had to return to Norway to cover a guiding job I had said yes to. This time it was Jśren just south of Stavanger, one of Norway's better birding localities. On the way to Stavanger I have to cross Boknfjord, usually it is a welcome break from the driving. Usually the half hour crossing is an uneventful trip but this time I had two Arctic Skuas, a good start. The 15/7 started wet and got even wetter during the day. The 16 birders I was guiding experienced their first rainy day in Norway. Though the rain poured down we still managed to see some good birds including Temminck's Stint and Black-tailed Godwits. On the 16th there were hints of blue sky's but there were strong winds from the west. Good for some seawatching, and I was not disappointed. Manx Shearwaters and Gannets were passing by waders were also on the move, small flocks of Red Knot, and Bar-tailed Godwit joined the already good numbers of Ringed Plover, Sanderling and Dunlin. Intermingled amongst these flocks was the odd Grey Plover and Ruff. The strong winds had whipped up the sea sending small flocks of Common Eider, Common Scoter, Velvet Scoter and Red-breasted Merganser into the shelter of the many small bays that can be found along this stretch of coastline. In a few months these same bays will have divers and grebes but I saw none. I didn't spend much time looking for passerines, July tends to be a quiet month with most species well into their breeding season. However on the 16th I experienced something I have never seen in all my 40+ years of birding 1000's of Common Swift, and I do mean 1000's there was no way I could even count the numbers. Where they came from I haven't a clue but on the 17th there was only about 500 knocking around. It made the trip a very special experience, tomorrow it is the Hardangervidda, but later I am off down to my local patch here at Voss to look at a 2cy Glaucous Gull.

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