Monthly report July 2018

General: coverage and weather
Average temperature was 14.9degC, 1.9degC over the normal. Highest temperature was 27.6 degC (28th) and lowest was 10.2 degC (9th). Total rainfall was 38.0mm. Most rainfall in one day was 18.3mm (25th). A total unrepresentative 58 species were noted during the month, the same number as the same month the previous year. The month can be summarised as warm and boring birdwice.

July is not known as a raptor month and this year did not disappoint. A Kestrel on the 28th, the local Peregrines and a flyover White-tailed Eagle on the 2nd were the only records.

This year no ringing of petrels, no surveys of Spannholmene or good days of seabird passage. Towards the end the month there was influx of tringa waders and a Wood Sandpiper was around Måkeskittmyr on the 27th and 28th. Otherwise there were the expected species recorded during the month.

A young Cuckoo was seen by Austre plantning on the 17th. Both in Herberg on the 11th, a singing Common Rosefinch and a Hawfinch were unusual.
No ringing activity during the month.

Year ticks:
Wood Sandpiper on the 27th was the only year tick for the month.

Rarities/local scarcities:

In lack of birding news here are some photos from other activities during July (all photoes Atle Grimsby):

Hummingbird hawk-moth
Hummingbird hawk-moth, always a nice find

Even the harcore birders could paint their house in July - no birds in sight - here Geir Mobakken in action

Waiting for the total lunar eclipse 

Utsira is the new metropol for Street Art in Norway