Jan 092017
 
Starting the New Year

The New Year was spent in England with birding definitely not on the menu – I was on holiday. Back in Norway I started my 2017 birding with a much needed walking and public transport tour of Oslo yesterday where highlights were the Shag (which hadn’t been reported since 14 Nov although I don’t think […]

Nov 232016
 
Pintail on ice

A new day and a new weather system. Overnight rain, clouds and a fresh southerly wind were not the best birding conditions and wasn’t eve sure I would bother but eventually decided that it might be worth checking the sea off Fornebu. Not much to write down in the notebook here except for a few […]

Sep 042016
 
Nutcracker

Each August Nutcrackers descend on Oslo from the surrounding forests (where they are very anonymous in the breeding season) in the search of easy food and hazel nuts are much sought after. We have a few hazel trees in the garden which always attract Nutcrackers although they can be very secretive. This evening there were […]

Feb 232016
 
Live track migrating birds using "Animal Tracker" APP

With Animal Tracker, you can follow the movements of wild animals all over the world that are being tracked in near-real time! These movements are collected by tiny GPS tags carried by the animals and are stored at Movebank, a free online infrastructure used by hundreds of researchers to manage, share, analyze, and archive animal […]

Nov 222013
 
Review: The Bird Atlas tracks changes of Britain and Ireland’s birds

A new atlas of 1,300 maps shows the patterns of distribution, abundance and change among 296 bird species in Britain and Ireland. The Bird Atlas 2007-11 is a partnership between British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Scottish Ornithologists’ Club and Birdwatch Ireland and involved the work of more than 40,000 volunteers over four years. BTO used […]

Nov 092013
 
WWT-ringed goose makes record journey south

A barnacle goose who failed to turn up at his overwintering grounds at WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre in Scotland has turned up safe and well – a record 900 miles further south in Spain! It’s the furthest south that a barnacle goose has ever been recorded. The goose had migrated safely for six years running […]

Oct 302013
 
Swans beat storm to find sanctuary at WWT

Seven Bewick’s swans made it through the major storm sweeping Britain and completed their migration from the arctic to WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre in Gloucestershire just as the worst of the violent weather hit. Migrating birds are facing 80mph southeasterly winds in their faces as they make the 2,500 mile journey in a south east […]

Apr 222013
 
UK nature reserves attract new bird species

The UK’s nature reserves act as ‘ecological welcome mats’ to new species, according to scientists. Since the 1960s, there has been a natural influx of wetland bird species from continental Europe. Species such as whooper swans, Cetti’s warblers and little egrets have used the nature reserves to colonise new areas of the UK, found the […]

Apr 202013
 
Blandade bilder

När man är ute och rör på sig så ser man många djur men kanske inte alltid på det fotoavstånd man vill och man kanske inte har med sig de brännvidder (objektiv) som man önskar, men man vill ändå dokumentera det man ser. Här lite bilder som tillkommit senaste veckan och då bara på det […]

Dec 132012
 
Whooper Swans Cygnus cygnus, Caerlaverock, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

Probably one of the best sites to see whooper swans in the UK is Caerlaverock Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust on the Solway Coast in Dumfries and Galloway which is in south west Scotland. They have in the region of 160 whoopers on the site and the views of these magnificent swans here is second to  […]