This is the 28th annual report and the 29th announcement from the Norwegian Rarities Committee (NSKF). Most of the records treated here are from 2003, but older records are also included. The systematic list of accepted records is set out in the following system: (1) The bird’s Norwegian name, (2) scientific name, (3) the numbers in brackets, e.g. (30/32 - 1), refers respectively to the total number of records/total number of individuals up to and including 2002, and in 2003, (4) any limitations given of (3), (5) any breeding, (6) year, (7) county, (8) number of individuals, age (1K = first calendar year etc.), sex (if known) and sometimes circumstances («ringmerket» means that the bird was ringed), (9) site and municipality, (10) date, (11) * indicates if the record was complemented by positive evidence, and type of the evidence (F = photo, V = video-recorded, L = tape-recorded, D = found dead), (12) observers names in brackets, main observer is specified first and emphasized with *, (13) roughly gives the species general distribution and (14) comments concerning the records.
This year was the second best in the history of NSKF concerning number of accepted records. Several species reached record numbers. Most significant were the influxes of Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta (17 records) and Hume’s Warbler Phylloscopus humei (10 records) during autumn. Five records of Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis, two records of Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanopris, four records of Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus, six records of Bittern Botaurus stellaris, nine records of Red Kite Milvus milvus, two records of Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata, six records of Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus, two records of Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans and five records of Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica were all maximum records for one single year. Four records of White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis and two records of Isabelline Shrike Lanius isabellinus were equal to previous maximum number of records. New accepted records from 2002 resulted in an increase in the maximum number of records for Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus (9 records) and Blyth’s Reed Warbler Acrocephalus dumetorum (7 records). Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus (6 records), Montagu’s Harrier Circus pygargus (6 records), Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos (12 records), Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni (4 records) and Pallas’s Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus proregulus (20 records) were also recorded in relatively high numbers.
Species and subspecies new to the Norwegian list:
Two species were added to the Norwegian category A list: Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis and Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapillus. A record of Masked Wagtail Motacilla alba personata added a new subspecies to the Norwegian list. A record of Lammergeier Gypaetus barbatus was placed in category D and a record of Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura from 2002 was placed in category E. With these new records the official Norwegian bird list consists of 466 species. In 2003, Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis was recorded breeding in Norway for the first time with one brood successfully raised, and Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus was recorded breeding for the first time on the Norwegian mainland excluding Svalbard).