Monday, 19 December 2011

Gull dip

Yesterday afternoon a Mediterranean Gull turned up in Frogner Park which is Oslo's main park and was docu. photoed by one lucky observer. Assuming it is the same bird from October (given their scarcity this must be more likely than it being a new bird) then I wonder what it has been doing for the last 2 months? Possibly it has been hanging around parks all the time avoiding birders?
Just after 9am this morning I was at Frognerpark with the company of 3 others. It was cold (about -5C) and the two ponds were about 90% frozen. Very few gulls to see though with just a few overflying Herring and a couple of Common Gulls. I have a theory that there are more gulls here at weekends when the fish quay on the fjord is not active and there were certainly far fewer gulls today than were reported yesterday afternoon. I could only stay 45 minutes and the gull didn't turn up in that time and was not seen later in the day either. I'm sure it will turn up though over xmas.
There were a few other birds to see though confirming that Frogner Park is a prime (all is relative) Oslo winter birding localilty. Amongst the 60 or so Mallards was a female Teal, 2 Tufted Ducks and 2 Goldeneye. Overhead a  Sparrowhawk, Nutcracker and in the trees 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 40 Siskin and 8 Bullfinches.

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