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Red-breasted Flycatcher - Dvergfluesnapper - Ficedula parva
Mindre Flugsnappare - Lille Fluesnapper - Pikkusieppo

One majorly unlucky vagrant....
Red-breasted Flycatcher

These pictures were taken 17th September 2006, onboard a survey / construction vessel on the Ormen Lange gas field, some 150 km NW of Kristiansund, Norway.
There is 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.....

Red-breasted Flycatcher, Ormen Lange

Bugs onboard....
Two of the many bugs onboard

Red-breasted 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 birds present.

Red-breasted Flycatcher, Hernar, Øygarden, September 2014

Red-breasted Flycatcher, Hernar, Øygarden, September 2014

Red-breasted Flycatcher, Hernar, Øygarden, September 2014
First year Red-breasted Flycatcher, Hernar, Øygarden, September 2014

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