Category Archives: Gullfest

Siberian Tit X Willow Tit Hybrid

How Rare? Presumed hybrid Willow Tit X Siberian Tit, Kate’s garden, Nesseby, Gullfest ll. March 2013 (taken through living room window). Svensson 1992 (ID Guide to European Passerines) say ‘reported very rarely’. Harrap and Quinn (Tits, Nuthatches and Treecreepers) 1996 says ‘…mixed pairs … Continue reading

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King Eider Harbour

Båtsfjord: the King’s Harbour Twice I have donned brightly coloured Arctic jumpsuits and headed out in a zodiac from a base in Båtsfjord Harbour on the exposed northern fringe of Varanger, Arctic Norway. Both represent unique Arctic experiences. The first was the ‘Blue Fulmar Pelagic’ in May 2011. The … Continue reading

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Arctic Alcids and Arctic Redpolls

and Arctic Weather. Thursday began in glorious winter wonderland in the Pasvik Valley and ended  in a polar blast as we arrived in Vardø on the Hurtigruten ferry. Arctic Redpoll performed marvelously in the Birkhuskey area, together with trumpeting Northern Bullfinches  Pine Grosbeaks and Siberian Jays. A heard … Continue reading

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Taiga Birding Day 2: Gullfest 2013

Hard to find words. Superlatives.oft repeated end up sounding empty. Trying to write this post I had to run out for the second night running to witness sky-filling aurora. Alongside hilarity  filled company, there was Alaskan Husky driven sleds across the Taiga, a snowmobile ride, reindeer soup and … Continue reading

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Into the Taiga Zone

Excellent ‘warm-up’ This male Pine Grosbeak (Alonza Garbett) was a new bird for 5 of our group. Rock n roll! The snow doesn’t melt, it just moves. Fierce winds have whipped the north Norwegian landscape into peaks of whipped cream. Nearer the coast … Continue reading

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