Slow spring in the Lofoten Islands

In general, this spring has been quite slow and cold in our region. May have probably been of the worst for decades weatherwise with gales, rain and even snow showers and temperatures below 7° Celsius. And the Willow Ptarmigan seems to hesitate to change to summer plumage.

Despite the weather, most migratory waders, like Golden Plover, Red Knot and Bar-tailed Godwit arrived as usual. 

Of more unusual species we had a flock of White-fronted Geese and a single Yellow Wagtail, at Gimsøy.

The weather even caused some strange downfalls. Like a couple of Garganeys and a flock of Turnstones with a single Little Stint at an unusual location at Ørsnes, near Kabelvåg.

In the wetlands near Leknes the Shovelers and Slavonian Greebes seems to be in route for the breeding season.