spring N.Norway: birdlist 24-26 april

Subject: spring N.Norway: birdlist 24-26 april
From: "Wim Vader" <>
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2004 14:28:29 +0200


Below I have listed the birds I saw this last weekend (x signifies that
this was the first time this year in the Tromsø area---but remember I was
abroad in 2 weeks). I have also added, for your information, the median
arrival dates for the area (and thus not the first!), cribbed from a paper
by my colleague here at the museum Rob Barrett ("The phenology of spring
bird migration to north Norway." Bird Study 49, 2002, 270-277.) The order
used is that of the British Birds list of palaearctic birds.

*Red-necked Grebe               Podiceps grisegena
*Slavonian Grebe                P. auritus                              11 Apr
Cormorant                       Phalacrocorax carbo                     res.
Grey Heron                      Ardea cinerea                           res.
*Pink-footed Goose              Anser brachyrhynchus
*Greylag Goose          A. anser                                16 Apr.
Shelduck                        Tadorna tadorna                         5 Apr
*Wigeon                 Anas penelope                           25 Apr.
* Teal                          A. crecca                               27 Apr.
Mallard                 A. platyrhynchos                        partly res.
*Tufted Duck                    Aythya fuligula                         4 May
Common Eider                    Somateria mollissima                    res.
King Eider                      S. spectabilis                          winter 
Long-tailed Duck                Clangula hyemalis                       res.
Common Scoter           Melanitta nigra                         res.
Velvet Scoter                   M- fusca                                res.
*Goldeneye                      Bucephala clangula
Red-breasted Merganser  Mergus serrator                         res.
White-tailed Sea Eagle          Haliaaetus albicilla                    res.
Oystercatcher                   Haematopus ostralegus                   16 Mar
Lapwing                 Vanellus vanellus                       28 Mar
*Whimbrel                       Numenius phaeopus                       18 Apr.
Curlew                  N. arquata                              winters occ.
*Redshank                       Tringa totanus                          26 Apr.
Common Gull                     L. canus                                16 Mar
Herring Gull                    L. argentatus                           res.
Glaucous Gull                   L. hyperboreus                          winter 
Great Black-backed Gull L. marinus                              res.
Razorbill                       Alcas torda                             res.
Black Guillemot         Cepphus grylle                          res.
Rock Pigeon                     Columba livia                           res.
*Woodpigeon                     C. palumbus                             15 Apr.
*Skylark                        Alauda arvensis                         28 Apr.
*Meadow pipit                   Anthus pratensis                        1 May
White Wagtail                   Motacilla alba                          20 Apr.
*Dunnock                        Prunella modularis                      1 May
Eur. Robin                      Erithacus rubecula                      20 Apr
*Eur. Blackbird         Turdus merula                           winters
*Fieldfare                      T. pilaris                              1 May
*Song Thrush                    T. philomelos                           4 May
*Redwing                        T. iliacus                              29 Apr.
Willow Tit                      Parus montanus                  res.
Great Tit                       P. major                                res.
Blue Tit                        P. caeruleus                            res.
Magpie                  Pica pica                               res.
Hooded Crow                     Corvus cornix                           res.
N.Raven                 C. corax                                res.
Starling                        Sturnis vulgaris                                
21 Mar
House Sparrow           Passer domesticus                       res.
*Chaffinch                      Fringilla coelebs
Greenfinch                      Chloris chloris                         res.
Siskin                          Carduelis spinus                        nomadic
Bullfinch                       Pyrrhula pyrrhula                       res.

                                                Wim Vader, Tromsø Museum
                                                9037 Tromsø, Norway

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