first bird

Subject: first bird
From: Jude Latt <>
Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2014 03:50:44 -0500 (EST)
Hi Wim
Hope to hear all the news of Tromso in 2014

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From: Vader Willem Jan Marinus <>
To: birding-aus <>
Sent: Wed, Jan 1, 2014 10:13 pm
Subject: [Birding-Aus] first bird

In Tromsø, N. Norway, there is not all that much choice this time a year, nor 
there much daylight. This year the Black-billed Magpie won ut over the Hooded 
Crow ,and these are the two birds I have seen hitherto; on the other hand, 
are many of them. We have overcast weather, light frost, after we have had 
temperatures just above freezing for most of the Christmas holidays---first 
in my 40 years here--, and there is about 2 ft of snow on the ground. Few land 
birds, although the occasional Great and Willow Tit show up at my feeders, and 
there are House Sparrows here and there in town.

Yesterday Riet and i walked along the shore of the sound here (That never 
freezes over) and there are more birds there: Flocks of Northern Eider, a few 
Common Scoters, a Red-breasted Merganser. Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls 
and Great Cormorants. A Winter-clad Black Guillemot was unexpected, we rarely 
see them in town.

I wish all Birding-Aussers an excellent 2014, at home, at work and at play.

Wim Vader, Tromsø Museum

9037 Tromsø, Norway

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