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Breeding bird survey in Norway: day 8

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The day started as usual. The weather looked promising. The mountain was still there so no way around it. We have to do it. I was doing point counts every 300m from the route and had to do about 20 of those. The beginning was ok – the usual bunch of bushes, bogs, river and wet places. Slight ups and downs but then came the hard bit. It was only 300m but took us more than an hour to do it. Steep hills with snow, trees, cliffs and what not. It was really difficult. This was perhaps the hardest bit so far. We had to go around the steep cliffs, around the snow which was going straight down into the bottom of the hill so pretty dangerous to walk across. Once we were on the plateau everything looked a bit better. Still some snow and cliffs bit at least it wasn’t steep. Luckily we had this Rock Ptarmigan which made it all worthy. I don’t need much to be happy. Just a bird or two

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