European Storm Petrel (Sveinung Larsen)The beginning of July held some leftovers from June, with the European Stonechat staying until the 5th and the Yellow Wagtail until 6th. There were also other species unusual for Utsira in mid-summer occurring: Red-backed Shrike, Eurasian Skylark, Spotted Flycatcher and Hawfinch.

Autumn´s first Common Greenshank was seen on the 3rd followed by Green Sandpiper on 5th.

On Spannholmane the ordinary Calidris species were present on the 5th. The Common Scoter flock had increased to some 850 birds, more than doubling the previous max and also constituting a nationally high number. The Long-tailed Duck from June was still among them.

The first European Storm Petrels were caught on the night to 14th.  

A Grey Wagtail on the 22nd was a rare summer occurrence for Utsira. An adult and a young Whinchat simultaneously at the same place indicate local breeding.

From Pedleneset, one Manx Shearwater and nine Great Skuas were seen on the 23rd.

Six Green Sandpipers on the 27th.

A European Pied Flycatcher on the 28th was the first migrant caught for a long time.

At the end of the month the youngsters from the local pair of Peregrine Falcons were seen airborne, and this first breeding of any raptor on Utsira was thus successful.

On the last day of July Sanderling and Ruddy Turnstone appeared as new species for the year at our only shorebird-friendly spot: Spannholmane.

Peregrine Falcon