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Northern Wheatear are a typical breeder both along the coast and in the hills in Western Norway. The species is common in Øygarden as a migrant and a breeder and is one of the typical species of Gullfjell (above the tree-line) and the Hardangervidda


Above and below: Solberg, Øygarden, August 2009


Greenland Wheatear, Herdlevær, near Bergen, Norway
Greenland Wheatear, Herdlevær, Øygarden, May 2016
Ringing and associated in-hand measurements can prove what we have always suspected - Greenland Wheatear do turn up in Øygarden.
It is incredible to think that these birds have flown all the way from Africa but are nowhere near the end of their journey - they leave Øygarden and fly all the way to GREENLAND!

Northern Wheatear Northern Wheatear
Breivik, Øygarden, 02 October 2008 (SLR & 400mm telephoto) Tjeldstø, Øygarden, 12 June 2006 (digiscoped)

Male Northern Wheatear
Male Wheatear, Breivik, Øygarden, May 2010

Male Northern Wheatear
Male Wheatear, Herdlevær, Øygarden, May 2010

Recently fledged Wheatear
Recently fledged Wheatear, Tjeldstø, Øygarden, June 2010

Juvenile Northern Wheatear
Juvenile Northern Wheatear, Skogsøy, June 2014

Northern Wheatear are one of the most regular passerines to turn up on vessels and rigs in the North Sea. All the pictures below were taken offshore without any telephoto lenses at all....

Recently fledged WheatearNorthern Wheatear, Ormen Lange
Northern Wheatear sheltering under an ROV, Ormen Lange 10 September 2006

Wheatear after resuce from entanglement Wheatear with smashed leg
Northern Wheatear, 19 Septmenber 2006, Ormen Lange This bird had become entangled and had smashed its left leg

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