Monthly report September 2022

General: coverage and weather
Highest temperature was 19.7 degC (7th) and lowest was 7.9 degC (27th). Total rainfall was 84.8mm. Most rainfall in one day was 31.1mm (23rd). Strongest wind speed was 23.8 m/s (15th) and strongest gust was 29.9 m/s (16th). A total of 122 species were registered versus 126 in 2021, above average of 120.

Eight different raptor species in a normally good raptor month. A flyover Osprey on the 5th was the most notable record. White-tailed Eagle were noted with one to two daily. Sparrowhawk were well represented with large passage numbers early in the month with a maximum of 248 on the 3rd and 130 the following day. Otherwise, double figure counts until the 23rd and then one to five daily until the end of the month. A juvenile Goshawk paid a brief visit on the 9th. Kestrel was noted with a maximum of 14 on the 6th otherwise daily with one to five birds. Merlin was noted with two birds on the 8th and 9th. Hen Harrier was represented with a female on the 3rd and 4th and another bird on the 8th and 9th. Otherwise, there were reports of the local Peregrine falcons throughout the month.

Nine flyover Barnacle Geese on the 21st and a Greylag Goose on the 30th were the only geese records of the month. A female Pintail found by Geir Mobakken was on Måkskittmyr between the 28th and 30th. A Water Rail was in Merkeskogen on the 3rd and 4th followed by other singles at various locations from the 27th until months end. A young Grey Plover was on Spannholmane on the 3rd, then singles on the 7th, 11th and from the 28th until the end of the month. Golden Plover was noted with one to seven birds throughout the month with a maximum of 15 on the 28th. A Bar-tailed Godwit was within a flock of Curlew on the 2nd. Turnstone were noted with a maximum of ten on the 2nd and 3rd on Spannholmane and Lausingen respectively. Ruff was reported with a maximum of nine between the 8th and 10th.

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Sanderling were reported with a maximum of 51 on the 5th and Spannholmane, Dunlin with a maximum of 45 on the 3rd, Purple Sandpiper with a maximum of 22 on the 10th on Lausingen and Little Stint with a maximum of five on the 3rd. The most notable find was a Buff-breasted Sandpiper Håkon had flying over Hovland towards Klovning on the morning of the 10th. The first Woodcock of the autumn was in Jupevikshaugen on the 27th. Jack Snipe were noted with a bird on the 22nd, one ringed in Merkeskogen on the 23rd, followed by various reports from the 28th until the end of the month. Tringa species increased from the start of the month. Redshank were noted with one to six birds until the 10th. A Wood Sandpiper flew over on the 4th while another was on Pedlestemmen on the 8th. There was a flyover Spotted Redshank on the 4th and the Greenshank was on the 5th. There was no days with notable seabird passage during the month, but 2 Arctic Skua rested on Spannholmane mid month.

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A Wryneck was ringed in Merkeskogen on the 4th while a another was around Hålandsmarkje. Great-spotted Woodpecker were well represented continuing from the good numbers from August with a maximum of 25 on the 3rd. A Jackdaw arrived on the 30th and the five Carrion Crow were present throughout. Swallow reached a maximum of 120 on the 10th. Wood Warbler were noted with only birds ringed in Merkeskogen on the 7th and 10th. The best find in this group was the Western Bonelli’s Warbler Atle found in Sveinungshagen on the 24th. The bird was stable in the three gardens of Herberg until the end of the month.

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The first Yellow-browed Warbler was in Helgesenhagen on the 12th, and were then daily in various numbers with a maximum of ten on the 29th. The was a good maximum for Willow warbler of 200 in Merkeskogen on the 7th and an early eastern Chiffchaff on the 3rd. Icterine Warbler was represented with one bird ringed in Merkeskogen on the 11th. A Barred Warbler was by the church on the 4th while two were ringed in Merkeskogen on the 23rd and 25th. One of these was re-found by Siratun on the 26th. Goldcrest numbers increased throughout the month with a maximum of 60 on the 30th. Treecreeper were noted with singles from the 7th until the end of the month. The only report of Ring Ousel was three flying over Herberg on the 29th. The years first Bluethroat was at Nordvik on the 21st and the years first Red-flanked Bluetail was in Helgesenhagen on the 29th.

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A Red-breasted Flycatcher was ringed in Sveinunghagen on the 11th. A new bird was in Helgesenhagen on the 25th and was joined by another on the 28th. One of there was present until the 29th.

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Blue-headed Wagtail were present in good numbers early in the month, with a maximum of 32 on the same field in Nordvik on the 6th. A Citrine Wagtail was seen by a single observer in Nordvik also on the 6th. The years first Olive-backed Pipit was ringed in Merkeskogen on the 10th while another was at the Søppelplassen on the 30th.

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A Hawfinch was seen in Sjoarskogen on the 30th and a Hornemanni Arctic Redpoll on the same day and same location. Crossbill were noted in small flocks from the 3rd until the months end with a maximum of 34 on the 25th. Parrot Crossbill arrived from the 29th with a maximum of 60 the following day. Goldfinch were also present in small flocks of one to seven birds throughout the month. Lapland Bunting were noted with singles at Klovning on the 27th, and Vestremarkje on the 29th. Snow Bunting were reported with a single on the 26th and 27th. A Little Bunting was by Austre Plantning on the 30th.

There were 16 days of ringing during the month in Merkeskogen. A total of 632 birds of 33 species were ringed. The best day was the 7th with 178 birds, of which Willow Warbler (110), Garden Warbler (32) and Blackcap were the most numerous. Most notable records were an Olive-backed Pipit, two Barred Warbler, two Wood Warbler, an Icterine Warbler, six Yellow-browed warblers and 15 Great Spotted Woodpeckers. This year was under the previous years total when 1098 birds of 38 species were ringed in 14 days of ringing.

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Year ticks:
14 new birds for the year: Water rail (3rd), Hobby (5th), Treecreeper (7th), Goshawk (9th), Olive-backed Pipit and Buff-breasted Sandpiper (10th), Yellow-browed Warbler (11th), Bluethroat (21st), Jack Snipe (22nd), Western Bonelli’s Warbler (24th), Pintail (28th), Parrot Crossbill and Red-flanked Bluetail (29th) and finally Arctic Redpoll (30th).

Rarities/local scarcities:
Second record of Buff-breasted Sandpiper, last in September 1978
Sixth record of Western Bonelli’s Warbler, last in October 2015
27th record of Pintail, last in September 2021
33rd record of Red-flanked Bluetail, last in October 2021