THE NORWEGIAN BIRD REPORT 2006 - a report on locally uncommon and scarce birds in Norway in 2006, by the Norwegian Birds Records Committee (NFKF)
The basis of this report is the annual reports produced by the county rarities committees. For 2006 all the counties on the mainland are represented in the report, although Finnmark, Troms, Sogn & Fjordane, Rogaland, Vest-Agder 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 observations from Norway in 2006. 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. Letters in the tables stated in the beginning of the review of the different species should not be cited as real occurrences. The Norwegian Birds Records Committee (NFKF) has been publishing annual reports since 1991. The occurrence of Bewick’s Swan Cygnus columbianus was the poorest in NFKFs history, and the occurence of Lesser White-fronted Geese Anser erythropus at the traditional feeding and roosting site Valdakmyra, Porsanger (FI) continued to be very low. Bean Geese Anser fabalis had a record high occurrence while Bar-headed Geese Anser indicus had the third best occurrence since 1991. Record high numbers of Dark-bellied Brent Geese Branta bernicla bernicla were observed in southern parts of the Norway during the autumn. Gadwall Anas strepera have occurred in steadily increasing numbers in Norway in recent years, and 2006 was the third best year to date for this species. Garganey Anas quequedula occurred in record high number, while the occurrence of Smew Mergellus albellus was the second best since 1991. Quail Coturnix coturnix occurred in good numbers for the fifth year in succession. Yellow-billed Diver Gavia adamsii experienced the third best year since 1991. 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 2006 was the best year ever. The occurrence of Corncrakes Crex crex was
the poorest since 1998 and the occurrence of Avocets Recurvirostra avosetta was the second poorest since 1991. Jack Snipes Lymnocryptes minima were recorded in record high numbers during January to March and the number of spring migrating Great Snipes Gallinago media were record high. The occurrence of Little Gulls Larus minutus reached record high numbers while the occurrence of Sandwich Terns Sterna sandvicensis was very poor. In northern parts of its distribution range many Stock Doves Columba oenas were observed in 2006. Wood Larks Lullula arborea occurred in second best numbers since 1991. The negative trend related
to migrating Horned Larks Eremophila alpestris was broken in 2006 and this year was the third best since 1991. Stonechats Saxicola torquata occurred in good numbers and eleven confirmed breeding pairs were recorded from the coastal areas of Sogn og Fjordane county. The number of singing Common Grasshopper Warblers Locustella naevia and Marsh Warblers Acrocephalus palustris was the third best since 1991. The occurrence of Yellow-browed Warblers Phylloscopus inornatus was the best ever recorded. The number of Golden Orioles Oriolus oriolus was very poor. The occurrence of Arctic Redpolls Carduelis hornemanni was the third best since 1991, and in late autumn a major influx of Pine Grosbeaks Pinicola enucleator took place in many parts of southern Norway. Many Lapland Buntings Calcarius lapponicus were observed during the winter months. The number of Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana continued to drop and Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica was observed in record low numbers.