søndag 28. juni 2009

The last week as a Tromsø citizen.

My last week as a citizen of Tromsø I spent travelling around in Troms looking at birds and doing fieldwork for the project TOV-E, a terrestrial bird-population surveilance project. The county of Troms has got lots of nice bird-localities, but not many are using them nearly as much as they deserve. Friday the 12th of june I went to do fieldwork on the island Senja, and on the way there I saw a male garganey and two male and a female gadwall on the way south from Tromsø, these birds are rare up here in the north so I was very pleased with my sightings.

When we finally arrived at the location of the fieldwork we put up the tent, and I put Lisa, my girlfriend, in the tent and headed of to count birds. This was her first ever overnight out in the wild in a tent, so I was quite interested in how it would go. And when I arrived back at the tent seven hours later she complained about the absence of comfort sleeping on the ground in a sleepingbag, and the scary sheep that surrounded the tent during the night (they had bells on! -note from Lisa). But i'm kind of proud of her for having spent her first ever night in a tent outside a camping-site.

On the way back home I saw an osprey when driving through Finnsnes, and this is the first sighting I have had of this species in Troms.

Throughout the week I got to see around 90 species of birds around in the county. In addition to the species already metioned I can add some of the ones that I find interesting: one adult male smew, several pairs and singing males of slavonian grebes, two pairs of ring ouzels, male wood warbler, three male mistle thrush, and 15 male lapland longspur, all on possible breeding grounds.

Lapland longspur male in Gapherus, Nordreisa
Ring ouzel male at Oksen, Lyngen.

Slavonian grebe in the last rays of sunlight.

1 kommentar:

  1. Hello!
    First of all, congratulations for your blog, it's very interesting. I'm a bird ringer and Biology Student from Navarra, in the North of Spain. Inthe 2012-2013 i'll go to Tromso for finnishing my studies and to do a Degree. Therefore, I'd like to know i you could help me to find good birding areas in Norway, but specially in the surroundings of Tromso. And if you know anybody that is involved in bird ringing around there or in the University, it would be great!
    One more question, is it possible to see Capercailles and black grouses in the forests around Tromso?
    Thanks a million!
    could yo send me your replay to this email address: insideout_8@hotmail.com ?
    Iñigo López