Flugsnappare - Lille Fluesnapper
were taken 17th September 2006, onboard a survey / construction vessel
on the Ormen Lange
gas field, some 150 km NW of Kristiansund, Norway.
plenty of evidence that this bird must have come
onboard the previous day along with some other migrants.
This unfortunate vagrant may have been especially unlucky. When it
arrived onboard there were in fact quite a lot of insects on the boat -
one particular species of bug seemed especially common (see below). I
found this superb bird stuck to the newly painted deck by its wing and
tail. Although I cannot be 100% certain that it didn't blow there after
it died it seems that it landed on the new paint, became stuck to it
and succumbed - just when there seemed to be enough food onboard to
keep it going.
At the time the cold clear mornings meant that there was fresh water
condensing on deck before the sun and wind dried it off so dehydration
should not have been a problem.....
of the many bugs onboard
Flycatcher are relatively rare in Øygarden given the status
of other sibes such as Yellow-browed Warbler. However, this is at least
as much to do with observer effort than anything else. The pictures
below were taken on Hernar in September 2014 on a day with at least two