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Voss area, Norway, late August 2006,
This trip was primarily for sightseeing purposes, though one eye was always kept on the wildlife and a trip was made to the nature reserve at Reppen which held several wader species but nothing unfamiliar to British birders. It was not possible to use a local guide for a day or half a day as none were available. Overall the number of birds (rather than species) seen without the local knowledge of a guide was low, and some omissions were very surprising (e.g. Dippers despite looking at several apparently suitable rivers).
We stayed at the Park Hotel in Voss, which was an ideal venue close to a lake shore and some conifers which held different birds on different days as migrants presumably passed through, including Icterine Warbler, Willow Tit and Yellow Wagtail. Elsewhere Nutcrackers were relatively conspicuous, being seen on most days.
The ferry crossing from Newcastle on the first day was very productive, with a whale, dolphins and porpoises seen as well as birds including Long-tailed Skua and Sooty Shearwaters. The return journey was less productive due to the conditions being less calm but still produced two shearwater species and Great Skuas.
Bird list (including all species seen from the ferry):
Cetaceans – Minke whale, presumed Bottle-nosed Dolphins and several pods of porpoises on the ferry over. Two pods of porpoises also seen in the fjords on the Norway in a Nutshell cruise from Flam.
Butterflies – Brimstone, Green Veined White, Red Admiral, Peacock, Painted Lady
Dragonflies - none