Sunday, 29 April 2012

Family bike ride

Whilst out in the garden today I heard a Willow Warbler singing nearby and had a House Martin low over heading to the local breeding colony. Last year I had the first bird over the house on 28 April which was the first record in Oslo so it seems that the local breeding birds are part of the first wave of migrants.
At the feeding station in the garden the a fine male Brambling was the first of the year here and a female Chaffinch which joined two males was the first of her gender.
A family bike ride took us up into Maridalen which is the longest we have ever managed and bodes well for the future. With blue, cloudless skies there was little happening on the bird front although I did make out 4 Teal and 3 resting Whooper Swans on the lake and 6 House Martins feeding over a field. Also the first marsh marigolds in flower.

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