Monday, 14 March 2011

Don't blame it on the sunshine

Today felt like a proper spring day with completely blue skies, the warmth of the sun noticeable on my ghostly white skin and temperatures which have been above zero for at least 24 hours!

A walk at lunch down to the fjord by the Opera revealed some open water but the fjord is still 99% frozen. The gulls were enjoying the open water though with much bathing and cleaning of feathers. In amongst many hundreds of Herring Gulls, the Glaucous Gull was still present along with my first Lesser Black-backed Gulls of the year and 3 Black-headed Gulls in fine summer plumage. There were also many more Common Gulls than previously. The Smew was still present along with 3 Tufted Ducks and a handful of Goldeneye

This picture gives a flavour of the scene today

and here is a picture of the Oslo Peregrine that I "found" on my camera from a few weeks ago

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