Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Little new

The cold weather and north easterly winds continued this morning but luckily there was no rain.
No obvious new arrivals on Maridalsvannet but a Rough-legged Buzzard making its way north and a single Swallow were my first records here this year. A Black-throated Diver that flew in from the fjord joined 2 pairs on the water.  Two Crossbills heading north maybe a sign of a new influx after the species has been more or less absent since last year and a Long-tailed Tit was a rare sighting this year.
At Lillestrøm there was a pair of Little Ringed Plovers on the river and at Svellet Curlew numbers have fallen to 88 but 400 Teal remained. Single Greenshank and Redshank were new in and are hopefully the first of many hundred in the coming weeks. Also here 3 Swallows and 2 House Martins were a welcome sight. Snekkervika held 9 Greenshank and a Ruff suggesting little movement compared with two days ago. A pair of Ospreys over a nearby forest looked like they were looking for a suitable nesting site and singles of Kestrel and Rough-legged Buzzard headed north.
Bramblings were very noticeable today with over 300 noted at Snekkervika and many flocks of finches noted from the car that were most likely also Bramblings.

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