torsdag 17. april 2014

A windy day in the Arctic

I finally got to do some birdwatching again after a long winter without any activity from me. And I did get to see a couple of good birds for up here. Two adult European Herring Gulls (Gråmåke) was a nice sight. One of them flew right next to teh car and gave great views. The only bad thing is that due to the heavy winds today I didnt bother to bring my camera with me, and hence I didnt get any photos of it. Other than these about 20 Glaucous Gulls (polarmåke), 20 Kittiwakes (krykkjer) and 10 Common Eiders (ærfugl) were aobut the numbers I was expecting, but the massive number og more than 1500 Northern Fulmars (havhest) was a really nice view.

I hope for better weather soon so that the Snow Buntings (snøspurv) will arrive in numbers so that I can start the ringing-season. I have also lately seen European Blackbird (svarttrost) and Snow Bunting (snøspurv) in the neighbour-town, Barentsburg, so there are things happening now in the early spring in the High Arctic.