Sunday, 22 April 2012

Maridalen requries a polish

In overcast, damp weather Per Christian and I had a rather unproductive three hour pre-breakfast session around Maridalen today. The wind was from the north east and this seemed to put a dampner on bird activity with little evidence of new arrivals and only a few finches and Wood Pigeons moving over.
Highlights were a drumming Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (my tone deaf ears struggle to pick out the different woodpeckers but luckily Per Christian has better tone than me) and two or possibly three Merlins with a male and female seen together at Nes and a male 3km futher north later in the morning. On the lake a male Red-breasted Merganser, 7 Black-throated Divers and a pair of Tufted Duck and a single Snipe was on "snipe marsh".
Following on from my first sighting of a Hare in Maridalen we saw one lying dead in the middle of the road also this still mostly white plus we had a fox. The cold weather is forecast for the next week or so and hopefully when it lets up we will have a surge of migrants.

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