Monthly Report February 2017
General: coverage and weather
Average temperature was 3.5 degC, 1.8 degC over the normal. Highest temperature was 7.5 degC (20th), and lowest -4.6 degC (8th). Total precipitation was 103.5 mm. Most rainfall in one day was 20.3 mm (26th). Strongest wind speed was 25.6 m/s (22nd). Total number of species for February ended on 43 versus 54 in the same month in 2016.
The month’s most notable raptor was a Merlin which hunted in Nordvik on the 8th, a new juvenile Goshawk or the bird from January was seen feeding on the 27th. The largest congregation of White-tailed Eagles was four over Koltemyr on the 7th, otherwise one to three were seen daily as well as various reports of the local adult Peregrine Falcons.
Two Pinkfeet and five Greylags from January were also seen in the first few days of the month. In the cold period geese numbers increased in the form of 8 Bean Geese between the 6th and 10th and a White-fronted goose from 8th-10th. Two Greylags from the 20th and three from the 26th were present at the months end. Otherwise it was a poor month for seabirds compared to January. Waders consisted only of a few reports of Woodcock and Snipe as well as two Lapwings on the last day of the month in Sørevågen.
Good numbers of Robin, Wren and Blackbird throughout, but otherwise few other species. The highlight was a Little Bunting in Grotlebu on the 14th. A hunting Short-eared Owl was in Nordvik on the 10th and another at Koltemyr on the 17th.
There was no ringing activity during the month.
February resulted in only eight new species for the year: Black-headed Gull (1st), Skylark (6th), Woodpigeon (7th), Merlin (8th), Short-eared Owl (10th), Little Bunting and Brambling (14th) and Lapwing (28th).
Earliest ‘spring’ occurrence of Merlin (previous 26th February 1978).
First February record of Little Bunting.
Some February captures by Atle Grimsby: