Thursday, December 14, 2006

Nordvikvågen square format

Nordvikvågen square format
Originally uploaded by atgrims.
At least I solved the squear format problem in picasa. My favorite picture editor picasa don't support 100% square croping tools!

Tell you how? Perhaps an other time?

A click on the picture will lead you to my flickr-page.

Actually it's the preinstalled Jasc Paint Shop Poto Album 4.0 deliverered on my Dell. Where I can crop squares in open view. Still Picasa is the Best!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

One bird makes a lot of fuss - Sykes's Warbler

This bird was the first known Sykes's Warbler in Norway. It's origeon and final statment has been interesting and ended as a paper in 2005. I'm greatfull for Lars Svenssons ecpertise and help.

Original paper is publiced here


Sykes Warbler Hippolais rama new to Norway at Mønstermyr nearby Flekkefjord in Vest-Agder County, the 20. September 1997.

Being situated resident at Utsira it’s regarded as direct stupid to leave the island in end of September. But life is empty without a trip to Flekkefjord in Vest-Agder my home county. Need too have a week with studies of migrating Raptors and take part in ringing activity at Mønstermyr, my local patch in Flekkefjord. This trip resulted in a ringed Sykes Warbler and new specie for Norway .

Only three weeks earlier I had sighted the third record of Booted Warbler for Utsira on the 29. and 31. August. 1997. The Mønstermyr – bird showed similarities with the Booted Warbler on Utsira in coloration, white on outermost tail-feathers and light edgings on secondaries. But the bird also showed total difference in jizz, shape and colour of bill, and primary projection. When the bird was realised it came with a soft Silvia-like ’tak’ sound.

Measurements, size, and shape of bill concluded that the bird showed character of a Syke’s Warbler.

The paper also involves geographical dispersal, and other records in Western parts of Western Palearctic. The paper involves accepted Syke’s Warblers, birds with staus like Syke’s/Booted, and Syke’s like birds accepted as Booted Warblers.

The identification are based on:

1. The Acro-impression, jizz and structure with flat forehead fine and long bill. Angrier faced expression due to flat forehead, light on lores, short supercilium, in field without coronal-stripe and broken and not obvious eye-ring. Total different from the more kindly expression of Booted Warbler that shows more Phylloscopus-impression

2. Shape and structure of bill, bright yellow out on tip of under-mandible.

3. White edgings on outermost tail feather, and light wing-panel on secondaries.

4. Longer primary-projection than the Booted Warbler at Utsira..

A short introduction of my local patch in Flekkefjord:

The former mire/marshland are newly opened with open dikes and are today a landscape for producing grass for cattle. Mønstermyr stands out as a green oasis in the gold coastal landscape 300 meters above sea level. There are free sights to Lista fyr in Vest-Agder County and Sokendal in Rogaland County . During the autumn seasons from 1990 to 1995 there are ringed over 32.600 birds which gives 97 birds’ pr day. Main species are Willow Warbler, Redpoll, Goldcrest, Robin, Reed Bunting, and Redwing all represented with over 2000 ind. during the six years. My local patch has also produced three firsts for Vest-Agder County : one Arctic Warbler ringed 1. Sept. 1991, one Yellow-breasted Bunting ringed 2. Sept. 1991, and an Olive-backed Pipit ringed on the 25. Sept. 1993. Mønstermyr is also one of Norway ’s best sites for counting migrating Raptors. During autumn seasons 1990 to 1995 there passed over 8000 migrating Raptors.

Atle Grimsby, 5547 Utsira,

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Winsnap a handy tool

Winsnap is good indeed for use in helpforums. In terms of managing and education of newcommers on the inhabitants portal. Utsira Municipal sites are devided in three different PLONE portals. One official, a tourist portal and one for the inhabitants of Utsira.

The ultimate tool thoug is PLONE.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

My Favoritebird -The Hooded Crow

Hooded Crow Corvus corone cornix has been a projectbird for Utsira Birding station since 1993. We've colourringed chics in their nest since 93 and a total of 79 chics and two adults has been ringed up to year 2000. I've done a tribute to the Hooded crow on the municipal web. And presented the ringing data here. red (Killed), black (no records of chics since 1999), seen last in year 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2006.

Main results from the project: (read: 'seems to' or 'major tends shows..')
The chics stay in their nesting territoials until they are getting into their p
uberty 2 years old, supporting in their parens task, surch as finding food an beeng aggressive into intuders. (I've made a sycklic-Hooded-Crow-yearclock wich shows when agression take part. In winthertime all Crows cooporate and do'nt defend a territorial).
Their parents are "Apha-pairs" and stays together as long they live (about 20-25 years?) There are about 15 breeding pairs at Utsira. And the best alphapairs breeds 4 chics a year. Staturs report is publiced in Yearbok 00-01 of Utsira Birdstation. Only two Utsira chicks has been found at Mainland in Haugesund killed two and four years old.
Intra harmony (may-late august) harmony among relatives in the territorial.
Inter harmony (november-mid february) harmony among all crows (exept weak indiviuals who get killed by other crows!).
highest aggresion period (in mid february-may) Aggression towards non territorial crows (the young mob) and less aggresion periode september-november aggession towards their chics (prepearing them for what's to come?)

The SoutWestEuropeean subspecie Carrion Crow Corvus corone corone are also represented in high numbers at Utsira and we think that they are Scottish or Shetlenders youngsters who are been defeted by their parents an yonger brothers/sisters from their home terriotorials som later than the Hooded Crow in april/may (Hooded in february/march)

Also started the Norwegian Page on Hooded Crow on Wikipendia

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Thanks for generator-tip Eirik

Friday, November 24, 2006

Me and the Grimsby link

Grimsby is a name of a fotball club and a Town in Great Britain. But it's also a Viking name of a place in Farsund municipal in Norway where my fathers father lived. My father vas born at Kjørrefjord in Farsund and moved to Flekkefjord, where I lived before I moved to Utsira

As you can see in the Norwegian Fanpage many fans are named Grimsby. Including two relatives from my uncle who moved to Lyngdal. Lars Kåre Grimsby and Eivind Grimsby Haarr.

Norwegians know Eivind from the sientist NRK program Schrødingers Katt

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

My photos in Explore top 500

3 photos in explore (top 500 interestingness) is a great improvment for me! Lots of pictures from Utsira are posted in my Flicker page. Allso got a set called Utsira as way of Life and a set called Birding Utsira. Click for slideshow Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Faster frontpage on the municipal web

Added new frontpage on the municipal frontpage today. =Stormy weather and spectacular light at Utsira added on Utsira Kommune In order to get a higer score on 'Kvalitet 2006' Quality in Norwegian official webpages. Previous page was heavy on 400kb nowdays pages on your cellarphone get slow to start over 9 kb. I managed to get the frontpage down to 20 kb! Im pleased and the off. Judgement will probably be publiced on on the 1'st of Desember.

Love Firefox and Bill Gates freestuff... more to come