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Subject: 2015!
From: Vader Willem Jan Marinus <>
Date: Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:46:42 +0000
Dear friends,

                               Even though I no longer write regularly about 
birds and seasons in Tromsø, N.Norway, I stil lurk on the lists, and want to 
wish you all a happy, healthy and bird-rich 2015.

                                  As you may remember , Tromsø is at 70*N, 
which means that  in the Christmas holidays we have hardly any daylight at all, 
and the sun is 'a month away' in both directions. In addition, our far North, 
but coastal situation brings long, but not particularly severe winters, with 
relatively few land birds wintering here, but lots of waterbirds on the open 
fjords (but little daylight to see them in). This winter we had beautiful calm 
clear winter days, with clear skies, spectacular Northern Lights, but little 
snow on the ground, followed just after Christmas Eve by some days of quite 
heavy snowfall (maybe 70 cm in 2-3 days, something not unusual in our area, so 
the town is well prepared and the streets are cleared within a few hours), to 
the great pleasure of my grandchildren, that were here for Christmas. But it 
did not last long: the last two days it has blown and rained a lot, much of the 
snow has disappeared, and the streets went through a period of very dangerous 

                                Under these circumstances the new year list has 
a very modest start. No birds have been on my feeders today as yet (Now it is 
13 45 and again pitch dark), but as usual i saw both Hooded Crow and Eurasian 
Magpie in the garden; they are virtually always there. A Herring Gull flew 
overhead, and when we drove my lady to the airport for her return to Holland, I 
saw a Great Cormorant and lots of Common Eiders on the sound. And that is all 
as yet for 2015!

                            All the best to all of you!

Wim Vader, Vesterliv. 23,9013 Tromsø, norway

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