Saturday, 13 August 2011

I haven't managed much birding recently but have been on some bike rides (the 96km Birkebeiner race which has been my goal is only 2 weeks away so i need to get into shape...). Today whilst cycling back through Maridalen a large bird of prey flying over a feed which was being harvested turned out to be a Common Buzzard and not a kite as i had hoped. Otherwise i've seen a couple of Sparrowhawks and a Goshawk which will hopefully recover their numbers with a good breeding season.
Two-barred Crossbills are turning up at many (coastal) sites in Norway at the moment. But none have been reported around Oslo and I have even noted any Common Crossbills recently - they are so nomadic.

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