Category Archives: Varanger

Lesser Short-toed Lark in the Arctic

Hornøya! 30th May 2013 Hornøya is one of the must see destinations during Gullfest in Varanger, Arctic Norway. It’s the last island… Tormod and I have mused on where to look for the big rarities in Varanger and Hornøya is right … Continue reading

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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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Gyr Falcon: Grey Morph

Answer: Spot the Arctic Bird Yes it was a tad tricky. Well done to all who braved having a go. Hopefully you had a laugh too, at least at some of the wry comments. And the answer? Circled: an adult … 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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Join Us: The Next Two Weeks

Map of Tour and Words of Tormod Stories from Varanger – a nature destination in the making For the next two weeks Martin Garner / Birding Frontiers and I, Tormod / Biotope, will tour a series of bird clubs in … Continue reading

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