This stunning Ovenbird, a first for Norway, was discovered by Frank Steinkjellå on October 25th. 2003, at Karmøy in Rogaland county. Being found during a week-end, the news initiated one of the largest twitches ever in Norway. The pointed tail feathers indicate a first-year bird. It was extremely confiding, probably because of poor condition. Anyway, it fed on the ground and gave breathtaking views when these photos were taken on the 26th.
Fedje, a small island on the west coast of Norway, 15 October 2003: Lanceolated Warbler! The seventh Norwegian record, and the first for Hordaland county. Full story about the record and more on identification here (in Norwegian).
A field-shot of the Lanceolated Warbler Locustella lanceolata at Fedje. The bird preferred to run in the grass, rather than use its wings when flushed. Note the thin contrasty border on the tertials. A good feature to use when separating difficult individuals from Grasshopper Warblers Locustella naevia.
This specific individual did not show very pronounced streaking on the chest, being rather similar to a Grasshopper Warbler. Note the sharp contrast between the narrow pale borders and the black centred tertials. This field mark is good for identification compared to Grasshopper Warbler Locustella naevia which has more diffuse borders.
The picture below show the habitat where it stayed. And after having been found in the field it was caught and ringed.
Juvenile Turtle Dove in Øygarden, Hordaland county October 13th. 2003. Note that it has only moulted a few wing-coverts, scapulars and mantle feathers. Turtle Doves are annual in low numbers in Norway.
November 2018: Fieldwork in three IBA's in Nepal