|The view from our accommodation at BIRK Husky across to Russia on our last morning|
By the time we had loaded up our car, light snow had started and the conditions deteriorated further as we continued north. By the time we reached Kirkenes the conditions had deteriorated further and so we decided to head for the airport and call an end to our trip.
In the six days we had seen 70 species (see list below), although I didn't see the Lesser Spot (in italics, below). Our tally included two new birds for Simon (Steller's Eider and Pine Grosbeak) and one (Ivory Gull) for me. We had some very variable weather with temperatures in the north ranging from -3 to -15, fortunately that did not hamper our birding. The highlight for me was undoubtedly the Ivory Gull, as it was a bird I had wanted to see for a long time, but did not fancy twitching one in the UK. Seeing one in the snow at Svartnes was for me the perfect setting for me.
Bean Goose (Taiga)
Rock Dove (Feral Pigeon)
Lesser Black-backed Gull
European Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Thick-billed Murre (Brunnich's Guillemot)
Common Murre (Common Guillemot)
Eurasian Green Woodpecker
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Common Blue Tit
Great Grey Shrike