Friday, 16 December 2011

Whooper Swans in Maridalen

An inch or so of snow this morning gave a reminder that it is December and also a hope that we will have a white christmas. The winds have now switched to northerlies so not particularly conducive to good birding. I managed a lightening tour of Maridalen today (my first in a long while) with a vague hope of a lingering storm blown Kittiwake to add to my site list but I really should have been looking a couple of days ago. On the water a small group of Herring Gulls, 5 Goldeneye and best of all a pair of Whooper Swans. Few passerines were evident but a single Yellowhammer flew over and a flock of 20 Greenfinches were managing to find food.
I guess that garden birding will feature more over the next couple of months and it will be interesting to see if the current Robin hangs around. Very little else in the garden though, just the usual House and Tree Sparrows, Blue and Great Tits and a single Blackbird today.
The Great Grey Owl is still present down on Hvaler - with luck it will hang around into January and will merit itself another visit.

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