Bird of the week - Common Whitethroat
Common Whitethroat -Sylvia communis-
The Common Whitethroat is a characteristic species of bushes and shrubs in the cultural landscape of Lista, and the harsh, rattling song can be heard in many places in early summer, after returning from the winter quarters in the sub-Saharan Africa. The first birds may appear in late April, but most of them will turn up in May.
From this species it is easy to recognize, among other things, from its distinct white throat, blue-grey head and rich chestnut coloured wings.
In Norway, the Common Whitethroat breeds from the lowlands north to Helgeland.
Data from Lista Fuglestasjon since 1990:
Figure 1. Timing of migration at Lista Bird Observatory
This graph shows the timing of migration throughout the year, taken from the observations of our daily counts. The number is the total number of years for all years. Note: our counts in spring are from March 15 to June 10 and in autumn from July 15 to November 15.
Figure 2. Observations per year at Lista Bird Observatory
This graph shows the number of observations distributed by years. The yellow line is the average for all years. Note that the observations for 2018 will be completed in November.