Citrine Wagtail (Photo: Egil Ween)In reasonably good weather during the first days of the month both shorebirds and passerines were evident. A Wood Sandpiper on the 2nd was followed by a Spotted Redshank on the 3rd. Eurasian Reed Warbler and Icterine Warbler were found in the nets on the 2nd. A Barred Warbler the next day is the earliest ever autumn occurrence for Utsira.

A Great Cormorant in the lake on the 3rd was of the subspecies sinensis (Geir Mobakken et al.). It is only two previous confirmed records on Utsira of this continental form of Cormorant, partly because it is an expanding taxon and partly because it is regarded as a subspecies.

While trapping European Storm Petrels in the first part of August one of the nights gave a Purple Sandpiper as a bycatch.

On Spannholmane ten species of shorebirds were present on the 5th. On land there were Barred Warbler and Common Rosefinch in the nets, the latter already had a ring signed Belgium.

Red-backed Shrike (Photo: Egil Ween)After two blank years Common Shelduck made a visit with a young bird back and forth over the northern harbour on the 5th.

Marsh and Icterine Warblers in the nets on the 6th. A garden in Nordvik hosted simultaneously in a tiny tree one Barred Warbler and three Rosefinches (inc. a red male). A Great Skua passed over the isle. A good twenty Common Swifts were seen.

Migrants on the 8th appeared in the form of Common Redstart and Yellow Wagtail. The first Great Spotted Woodpeckers for the autumn (and the year) started to show on the 11th.

A new period with favourable weather from the 12th gave the first day Wood, Barred and Icterine Warblers in the nets. Next day more of the same plus Marsh and Reed Warblers. Another Spotted Redshank on the 12th. Spannholmane also hosted a Spotted three days later in addition to five Red Knots, ten Sanderlings and one Little Stint.

Early showings mid-month were represented by White-tailed Eagle (on the 14th), Northern Goshawk (14th), Water Rail (15th), Short-eared Owl (14th), Red-breasted Flycatcher (18th), Black Redstart (18th) and Hawfinch (17th).

Wood Warbler (Photo: Egil Ween)The migration through the ringing forests peaked on the 16th with a total of 279 birds caught. Best bird was an Ortolan Bunting, but there were also Eurasian Wryneck and Red-backed Shrike plus Wood, Reed and Icterine Warblers in the nets.

A Citrine Wagtail (Geir Mobakken et al.) in the northern fields on the 18th was standby in the vicinity until 24th. The theme of early arrivals continued with this bird also occurring earlier than the previous records of a species that still has Utsira as premier location in Norway.

Two Ruff and four Red-backed Shrikes on the 19th. A Rosefinch graced the rubbish tip on the 20th. A Eurasian Hobby flew over the northern harbour on the 22nd. On the same day ten Great Skuas passed the headland of Pedleneset and three passed Spannholmane.

The first Barred Warbler for a while was in a garden in the north on the 24th. Next day the first Common Grasshopper Warbler for the year was located, in the nets, after a rare spring with none. The Grey Wagtail from July popped up again towards the end of the month.

Autumn´s first Red-throated Loon and Eurasian Sparrowhawk appeared on the 28th and 27th, respectively. Grey Heron proved yet another addition to the ringing list for the ever expanding Utsira Ringing Group.

The only shearwaters during August were one Sooty on the 26th and two Manx on the 29th. On the penultimate day of the month a crake was flushed from near the lake, unfortunately not identified to species.

Ortolan Bunting (Photo: Eivind Sande)

Black Redstart (Photo: Egil Ween)