BIRD GUIDING AROUND OSLO

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Maridalen slowly improving

The Great Tits have clearly lost the fight with the Blue Tits but have not given up on the garden. This morning they were inspecting the second tit nesting box which has not yet been hang up as I was thinking of waiting until May when the Pied Flys are back. It actually went in so I wonder whether they will start using it?!

After dinner I took the girls up to Maridalen and met Per Christian and his daughter. We passed away nearly 2 hours in lovely sunny conditions and notched up a few birds aswell. The highlights were a singing Lesser Spotted Woodpecker which was my first for the year and showed well although only sang a couple of times - they really can be very unobtrusive. The Great Grey Shrike was also seen again and the supporting cast were 3 Whooper Swans, 3 Teal, 2 Green Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail, singing Hawfinch, Goosander, Goldeneye, 3 Chiffchaff and 8 Lapwings with 2 birds displaying.

There was a lot of evidence of Beaver activity and this tree was right by the road and if it fell towards the road would not only block the road but also take down some overhead wires.

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Whooper Swans
My best beaver impression

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