BIRD GUIDING AROUND OSLO

Friday, 24 February 2012

Short-eared Owl

Just incidental birding today. I took the girls swimming at the nice new pool at Fornebu and on the way back i noticed a bird circling and being mobbed by two crows. After stopping as soon as possible and jumping out of the car with binoculars in hand it turned out to be a Short-eared Owl. In beautiful sunshine it would have made for a great, if distant, photo subject if only I had my camera with me. The last week of mild weather has resulted in large areas of snow free ground at Fornebu just waiting for the first spring migrants. Spring seems to have arrived very early this year and it will be interesting to see if the birds also arrive early. Driving down to Rygge airport in the afternoon i had one of the five possible Great Grey Shrikes along the road. Hopefully it will be as easy during Sunday's bird race.

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