Midsummer birding in Eastern Finnmark

This years trip to Finnmark started in the Pasvik Valley the last week of June, where nightly search for owls was the main focus. It was rewarded with a nice clutch of newly fledged Northern Hawk Owls.

The Pine Grosbeak is typical for the valley.

Not only birds to see on the nightly excursions

To our surprise we found a Swallowtail near Neiden. This beautiful butterfly is a rare visitor to Finnmark, but it seemed to be a small influx this summer.

Along the coast of the Varanger Peninsula, we found more rodent specialists, with among others breeding Rough-legged Buzzards and Long-tailed Skua.

A group of three Steelers Eide was a nice encounter.

Some typical species for the peninsula; Arctic Tern, Red-necked Phalarope, Red-throated Pipit and Arctic Redpoll.

A visit to Hornøya is always exciting; thousands of Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills and Shags, and one of the best places in mainland Norway to look for Brünnichs Guillemot.

A hike in the higher altitudes gave some nice encounters with Rock Ptarmigans