Blyth´s Reed Warbler 1st–15th September

The period opened with Eurasian Wryneck, Eurasian Reed Warbler and Common Rosefinch in the nets.

From the 2nd westerlies meant that Pedleneset was the given place to be. Three consecutive days at the headland gave besides the usual species (where also Great Skua resides) two Velvet Scoters, one Red-throated Loon, 34 Sooty Shearwaters and three Manx Shearwaters; only two Black-legged Kittiwakes were seen during 25 hours of seawatching.  

It was also a certain presence of shorebirds these days, with among those migrating Little Stint, Dunlin, Ruff and Bar-tailed Godwit, and among those resting Sanderling, Purple Sandpiper and Dunlin.

An adult White-tailed Eagle showed on the 7th and 14th.

On the 10th the ringing forests turned alive once again with, in south strong wind and overcast, a Blyth´s Reed Warbler (Øystein B. Nilsen et al.) found in the net. It stayed until the 14th at least and is the earliest autumn record for Utsira.

Being a classic LBJ (little brown job), an overwhelming majority of the more than one hundred Norwegian records stems from birds found singing in spring/summer or found trapped, but the very first record was of a bird discovered in the field in autumn:

1975 Rogaland: first-year, trapped, doc., Utsira, 27th September–9th October (Nils Gundersen, Viggo Ree et al.)

The days from the 10th to 15th also produced six Barred Warblers, distributed between the lighthouse, the ringing forests and the south harbour. Little Stint, Dunlin and seven Eurasian Teals foraged on the west on the 10th.

Twenty-one Great Skuas passed the headland on the 12th. Seven Sooty Shearwaters at the same place on the same date. The autumn´s first Snow Bunting also on the 12th. A Common Ringed Plover walked the streets in the middle of the island. Black-throated Loon past the headland on the 14th.

The year´s first Gyrfalcon appeared on the 14th, the first since 2010.

On the last day of the period under review there were two each of Black-throated Loon, Sooty Shearwater and Pomarine Skua, seen from Pedleneset and the watchpoint on the east.