June 2011

16th–30th June

The Bee-eater stayed until the 16th, while Golden Oriole had its last day in the log on the 19th when two birds were seen simultaneously. Other stayers from the last period were Quail and Grasshopper Warbler.

A Red-breasted Flycatcher sat, like the other two earlier in the spring, in a net on the 18th. Meanwhile, at least one Red-backed Shrike (possibly breeding), a few Carrion Crows and Rooks lingered.

Great Cormorant, Common Kestrel, Whinchat and Common Reed Bunting turned up, species not normally occurring on Utsira at this time of year.

A Green Sandpiper flew over on the 21st, as the first for the autumn. At the birdcliff of Spannholmane 50 Common Murres and 35 Atlantic Puffins were counted on the 22nd.

As last year, any Quails and Corn Crakes got their breeding attempts ruined when a small man in a big tractor arrived on the isle in late June. So much for re-established species and Green Island.

A Hobby sat still and fine on a fence post on the 28th. One hundred and ten Lesser Black-backed Gulls were counted in one field on the same date as were twenty Eurasian Curlews.

As of the first six months of the year 170 species have been recorded. Locally, the ranking is as follows:

Geir Mobakken 149 species
Atle Grimsby 145
Øystein B. Nilsen 144
Sveinung Larsen 139

 

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European Shag had its worst breeding result since 1992.