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Old Thursday 21st October 2004, 20:46   #1
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Lista, Norway 4-8th Oct part 3

Our last day started with a low-flying Buzzard over the barrack square. Back at the lighthouse for the final time, we were treated to the sight of 3 Sparrowhawks harrying the the finch flock above the pine copse.
New birds for the trip came in the shape of 7 Common Snipe flying over with a possible Jack Snipe, but moving too fast for a definite i.d.
On our way back for the ferry we diverted off the E39 near Farsund to

look for woodpeckers in the pine forests above Farsund.
With heavy rain squalls falling, hopes were not high of finding any, but a Nuthatch and Red Squirrel lifted our spirits.
A relatively smooth crossing back to Newcastle gave us our last birds of the trip, Puffins just off the Northumbrian coast, Little Gulls and Turnstone as we entered the harbour.
All in all an exhilarating taster of birdwatching in Norway.

checklist of birds

Red-throated Diver Bird bay & Lista
Black-throated Diver "
Great Northen Diver "
Great Crested Grebe "
Slavonian Grebe "
Northen Fulmar Common
Northen Gannet "
Great Cormorant "
European Shag Bird bay
Grey Heron common
Mute Swan fairly common
Pink-footed Goose 30 flying near Lista Fyr
Greylag Goose 50 near Vanse
Canada Goose 10-15 0n lake near Vanse
Dark-bellied Brent Goose 1 Bird bay
Wigeon common
Eurasian Teal "
Mallard "
Common Pochard "
Tufted Duck "
Greater Scaup 1 Bird bay
Common Eider common
Long-tailed Duck 1 Bird bay
Common Scoter "
Velvet Scoter very common
Red-breasted Merganser 2 Bird bay
Eurasian Sparrowhawk fairly common
Common Buzzard "
Common Kestrel "
Merlin 1 at Lista
Peregrine Falcon 1 at Bird bay
Eurasian Coot 10 on lake nr Vanse
Eurasian Golden Plover fairly common
Grey Plover "
Northen Lapwing "
Red Knot Bird bay
Sanderling "
Dunlin " & Lista
Ruff "
Common Snipe "
Bar-tailed Godwit " "
Eurasian Curlew "
Common Redshank " "
Ruddy Turnstone 1 at Newcastle docks
Artic Skua Bird bay & Lista
Great Skua " & from ferry
Long- tailed Skua ( juv) Lista
Great Black-backed Gull common
Lesser Black-backed Gull "
Herring Gull "
Common Gull "
Glaucous Gull 1 at Lista
Little Gull 5 at Newcastle
Black-headed Gull common
Black-legged Kittiwake "
Artic Tern 1 near Bird bay
Razorbill common
Common Guillemot "
Atlantic Puffin 2 from ferry
Common Wood Pigeon fairly common
Collared Dove "
SkyLark common
Barn Swallow small flocks around Vanse & coast
Sand Martin 3-4 on coast nr Bird bay
Richards Pipit 1 at Lista
Rock Pipit fairly common
Pied/White Wagtail "
Grey Wagtail 1 at Lista
Winter Wren fairly common
Hedge Accentor "
European Robin "
Stonechat 2-3 around coast
Northen Wheatear "
Common Blackbird "
Song Thrush Fairly common
Redwing "
Mistle Thrush "
Blackcap 1 nr Bird bay
Common Chiffchaff "
Goldcrest common
Coal Tit " around Lista
Blue Tit "
Great Tit "
Wood Nuthatch 1 in woods nr Farsund
Short-toed Treecreeper 1 nr Lista
Eurasian Jay 1 nr Farsund
Black-billed Magpie common
Carrion Crow Newcastle
Hooded Crow common
Common Starling "
House Sparrow fairly common
Eurasian Tree Sparrow " nr Lista
Chaffiinch common
Brambling "
European Greenfinch "
" Goldfinch fairly common
Eurasian Siskin common
Common Linnet fairly common
Lesser Redpoll 3-4 with finch flock at Lista
Lapland Bunting 2-3 at Lista
Yellowhammer fairly common
Reed Bunting 2-3 at Lista

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Old Friday 22nd October 2004, 17:41   #2
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Good report, thank you.
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Yes, rain is what I expected in Norway. I would go in summer.

Good list.
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Thanks for sharing your Norwegian report with us!
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