Sunday, 2 January 2011

Happy New Year

After a very enjoyable christmas in England it was back to Oslo for New Year. After finishing 2010 with a respectable norwegian year list of 201 species I am off to a cracking start in 2011 with 8 species to date! (House & Tree Sparrow, Greenfinch, Robin, Blackbird, Blue & Great Tit and Magpie). Despite not being fed for a week the regular garden birds are still present around the feeders in their usual numbers.
A Glacous Gull was sighted in the city yesterday so I might look for that this week if time permits.

In England I listened out for Waxwings which are there in record numbers this winter but without luck. We stayed with friends in Oxfordshire who have a great variety of birds in their garden. Highlight was 4 Red legged Partridge which came regularly to feeders right outside the kitche window and both Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

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