Whooper SwanThe Woodlark from November was also seen on the first day of December, thereby becoming the first record of the species for this month. Eurasian Wigeon, Bohemian Waxwing and Coal Tit were other birds on show the same day, in addition to a Peregrine Falcon hunting the flock of Common Redpolls.

A young Whooper Swan had a rest in the southern harbour on the 13th. The flock of geese now consists of 11 Greylags; the Pink-foot have chosen other fields afar.

On the 20th there were also 11 Canada Geese on the snow-covered fields in the north. A small arrival of Mallards are noted.

Both White-tailed Eagle and Northern Goshawk have been seen several times.

On the bird feeders Blue Tits and Great Tits flocks, while two resident Coal Tits prefer the plantations for food searching. A Dunnock at one of the outdoor restaurants was the most exclusive of the guests.

A Common Wood Pigeon on the 25th was the only one recorded in December.

Three white Whooper Swans arrived on the 25th, with another a couple of days later. More of the voluminous sort on the 29th with a young Mute Swan in the north haven, followed by a similar the next day, the first records since 2005.

Whooper Swans

One of few Mew Gulls in December flew by on the 29th. A Waxwing the next day.

In all snow and cold it was somehow a relief with the Northern Fulmars back on territories on the ultimate day of the year.

A total of 204 species were recorded on Utsira in 2010. Most were seen by Geir Mobakken with 190 species.


Here are some images giving the taste of a wintry December on Utsira:




All photos by Eivind Sande.