Fw: Phalarope bonan

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From: Willem Jan Marinus Vader <>
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2018 20:07:29 +0000

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Subject: Phalarope bonan

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                   Most of NW Europe has suffered an exceptionally hot and dry 
summer in 2018, creating many problems for the farmers, and causing many forest 
fires. But here at 70*N our summer has been mixed: May very nice and 
warm---little snow left in the Mountains--, June grim, cold and wet, and July 
very much up and down, but with a few wiffs of the hot summer of the rest of 
Europe for 2-3 days in a row, and even the first ever ‘tropical night’ (i.e. 
temp. never below 20*C all night) in Tromsø and even on the outlying island of 
Vannøy, where Riet and I just then spent a few days. Now we are back to normal: 
temperatures of 9-15*C at midday, and regular rain showers.

                    It is typical late summer. The many luxuriant flowers of 
midsummer: The enormous Tromsø-palms (an exotic Hogweed Heracleum), Meadowsweet 
Filipendula , Alpine Sow Thistle Cicerbita and Rosebay (or Fireweed) Chamaerion 
 have lost most of their flowers, and the many different shades of green of 
spring have melted together to a more monotonous green, which soon will 
differentiate again into the many golden and red colours of autumn. A few 
flowers have waited until now to come into full lower: white Grass of Parnassus 
Parnassia, and the beautiful blue Field Gentians Gentianella, which every late 
summer I search for and find.

                     July has as always been a somewhat dull time for birding: 
there is very litle bird song---a few Willow Warblers and the always 
irrepressible Greenfinches, and many waterbirds have young and/or are moulting 
and hide. So driving along our roads one mostly meets Magpies, of those we have 
any number, Hooded Crows, gulls and often also White Wagtails. But today the 
shorebird autumn migration clearly had got started. At the wetland, or rather 
wet meadows, of Tisnes some 30 km from Tromsø on the island of Kvaløya, about 
which I have probably written too many times already, there now were Ruffs 
everywhere and all three pools held phalaropes, 10 altogether, more than I ever 
have seen before here on Tisnes, where they do not nest; these are Red-necked 
Phalaropes, Ph. lobatus,  our local breeders, and I see a few here in late 
summer most years. There were also a few ducks in the pools, mostly Mallards 
and a few wigeons, and of course the local Common Gulls, that have a large 
colony here. Tens of swallows foraged over the wet meadows and the shoreline 
(We have several species of ‘intertidal midges’ here); to my surprise the flock 
did not only contain the usual Sand Martins (Bank Swallows, in the ever 
mediating Norway called Sandsvale= Sand Swallow!), but also Barn Swallows—of 
which a few pairs nest in a barn here on Tisnes--, and even quite a number of 
House Martins, which nest nowhere closer than N. Finland. They will all 
probably soon leave us. An Arctic Skua (Parasitic Jaeger) used the flood waters 
for a thorough bath and clean-up.

In the innermost bight, where the flood was just coming in, there were  more 
shorebirds: more Ruffs, Ringed Plovers, Dunlins, with a single Little Stint,  
and I also heard the tju-WEET of the Spotted Redshank

On the way back I stopped and walked a small round on the Langnes peninsula 
near the airport, where there is a small sandy beach, which often attracts 
shorebirds at high water. Here earlier in the season it is complicated to walk, 
as the local Arctic Terns are quite aggressive; Ringed Plovers also nest here. 
Now there were tens of Ringed Plovers, and more than 100 Dunlins, again with 2 
Little Stints in the flock. Also here most flowers were gone, but I discovered 
two clumps of a plant I have never seen here before, a Speedwell Veronica 
species with very long flowers; maybe a garden escape? I’ll have to ask my 
colleagues at Botany.

Wim Vader, Tromsø, Norway

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