National first records on Utsira

altCompiled by Geir Mobakken


Few localities in Norway can claim a longer list than Utsira, and none such a catalogue of additions to the Norwegian list. Tiny Utsira have to date produced no less than 26 firsts for Norway – from a Rustic Bunting way back in 1934 to the Cape May Warbler in 2020. Together with subspecies and low-category species this number swell to 37 taxa. In the following list the additions are presented according to status, starting with species on Category A (in descending order), then subspecies and ending with species on Categories D and E.



Cape May Warbler Setophaga tigrina 23rd September 2020
Siberian Accentor Prunella montanella 6th August 2011
Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus 2nd October 2006
Siberian Rubythroat Calliope calliope 6th October 2005
Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus 2nd October 2005
Thick-billed Warbler Iduna aedon 6th October 2004
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius 28th May 1997
Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata 8th October 1996
Pallas´s Grasshopper Warbler Locustella certhiola 28th September 1986
Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula 13th May 1986
Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina 29th September 1977
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus 13th May 1977
Pechora Pipit Anthus gustavi 29th September 1976
Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus 19th October 1975
Blyth´s Reed Warbler Acrocephalus dumetorum 27th September 1975
Chestnut Bunting Emberiza rutila 13th October 1974
Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus 10th October 1974
Isabelline Shrike Lanius isabellinus 30th September 1974
Swainson´s Thrush Catharus ustulatus 20th September 1974
Grey-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus 28th October 1973
Southern Grey Shrike Lanius meridionalis 5th September 1953
Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni 8th October 1937
Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus 20th September 1937
Eurasian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus 7th September 1937
Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla 28th September 1936
Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica 6th October 1934
Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava feldegg 3rd June 2008
Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator badius 26th September 1972
Arctic Redpoll Acanthis hornemanni hornemanni 21st September 1952
Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita tristis 4th October 1937
Common Redpoll Acanthis flammea rostrata 2nd October 1936
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus (D) 13th June 2003
Yellow-fronted Canary Serinus mozambicus (E) 3rd August 2002
Yellow-throated Bunting Emberiza elegans (E) 9th April 2000
Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor (E) 22nd April 1986
Lazuli Bunting Passerina amoena (E) 29th May 1980
Red-headed Bunting Emberiza bruniceps (E) 7th September 1937

Also, one hybrid combination have been recorded for the first time in Norway on Utsira:

Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava x Citrine Wagtail M. citreola 1st October 1990