THE NORWEGIAN BIRD REPORT 2007 a report on locally uncommon and scarce birds in Norway in 2007, by the Norwegian Bird Records Committee (NFKF)
This report is based upon the annual reports produced by the various county rarities committees. For 2007 all the counties on the mainland are represented in the report, although Finnmark, Troms, Møre & Romsdal, Sogn & Fjordane, Rogaland, Vest-Agder, Telemark and Oppland counties did not publish own county reports. Svalbard archipelago and Jan Mayen did not contribute to this report. We believe this report reflects fairly well bird observations from Norway in 2007. Readers should take care to note the geographical or time delimitation of the records stated for the different species, as stated in codes immediately after the scientific name of the species. The Norwegian Birds Records Committee (NFKF) has published annual reports since 1991. The occurrence of Bewick's Swan Cygnus columbianus was much better than the two previous years, whereas the occurence of Lesser White-fronted Geese Anser erythropus at the traditional feeding and roosting site at Valdakmyra, Porsanger (FI) continued to be very low in springtime. However, the autumn occurrence was the best since 1995 in terms of total numbers. Bean Geese Anser fabalis and White-fronted Geese Anser albifrons had a very poor occurrence, while Bar-headed Geese Anser indicus had the fourth best occurrence since 1991. Mandarin Ducks Aix galericulata were observed in record high numbers. Smew Mergellus albellus had the third best occurence since 1991. Quail Coturnix coturnix occurred in very good numbers for the sixth year in succession and this year was the best since 2002. Yellow-billed Divers Gavia adamsii experienced the fourth best year since 1991. Manx Shearwaters Puffinus puffinus occurred in record high numbers. Many Rough-legged Buzzards Buteo lagopus were seen during the winter months. The Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo is a raptor that has occurred in high numbers in recent years, and 2007 was the second best year ever. The occurrence of Corncrakes Crex crex was the third best since 1991, while the occurrence of Avocets Recurvirostra avosetta was the second poorest since 1991. Migrating Broad-billed Sandpipers Limicola falcinellus were recorded in record high numbers, and the occurrence of Black-tailed Godwits Limosa limosa was second best since 1991. Migrating Pomarine Skuas Stercorarius pomarinus were recorded in record high numbers. The occurrence of Little Gulls Larus minutus was good, and in recent years new breeding areas has been discovered, including in Hedmark county for the first time in 2007. The occurrence of Iceland Gulls Larus glaucoides was the third best since 1991. Brünnich's Guillemots Uria lomvia had a good occurrence and in late September a major influx of Razorbills Alca torda took place at inland locations in southeastern parts of the country. Four breeding pairs of Snowy Owls Bubo scandiacus were detected in Finnmark county, but only one single Great Grey Owl Strix nebulosa was observed. Wood Larks Lullula arborea occurred in record high numbers and many individuals wintered in 2007. The occurrence of Richard's Pipits Anthus richardi was the third best since 1991, while the occurrence of migrating Red-throated Pipits Anthus cervinus and Yellow Wagtails Motacilla flava flavissima was very poor. Stonechats Saxicola torquata occurred in good numbers and the number of singing Common Grasshopper Warblers Locustella naevia and Marsh Warblers Acrocephalus palustris was the best ever. In January and February many Pine Grosbeaks Pinicola enucleator were recorded, and the annual occurrence was the best ever. Many Lapland Buntings Calcarius lapponicus were observed during the winter months. The occurence of Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana and Rustic Buntings Emberiza rustica continued the negative trend observed recent years.