Norwegian house © Iordan Hristov

Bird survey in Norway: day 8&9

I just realised it’s been a week since i have arrived. Well it’s been a week of many challenges, lots of water and scenic views. So was my route. It started with a little bit of rain but that is normal for here. It was fairly quiet in the beginning but soon i started recording some birds. There weren’t any new additions. Once i got higher up i recorded a few Willow Grouses and a Ring Ouzel but that was it. I descended fairly quickly and once i sat down i started feeling the exhaustion. In addition to this was the tight atmosphere of being stuck here waiting for the ferry to collect me. It is really a strange feeling to be somewhere and can’t do anything to change a situation but wait. Here come the saving ferry for a trip to the other side of the peninsula which should be a bit more urbanized.

Norwegian house © Iordan Hristov

Norwegian house © Iordan Hristov

Well, it should be, but it is not. Here there is no even network service to make a phone call. Luckily i managed to talk to my beloved who gave me some confidence to carry on. Thinking about it i will be here for less than 24 hours and if everything goes fine i should be able to get the morning ferry at 10.30. However this would all depend on the route. I think it would be an early retirement this evening. It is only 6 p.m. but my eyes are closing.

Day 9

Today was a really wet day. It didn’t stop raining and the route wasn’t easy at all. There were ups and downs all the time but what made it very difficult was the we and slippery hillsides. Luckily birds were active so i did manage to do the job. The highlight for me was a Black Grouse that i don’t see often. Other delights were two Elk with a cub and a Roe Deer also with a cub. These were really spectacular.

on the way to the north

on the way to the north

I managed to get to the ferry on time and crossed the fjord for about an hour. Thus i was on the mainland at about 11.30 which gave me enough time for the trip to the north. That was a long trip. I pressed on a didn’t stop much aiming to arrive at a small village north of Bjerkvik. It took me 11 hours driving for over 600km. Yes Norway is huge. I was pretty tired so crashed quickly into the tent for an early start tomorrow.

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