Walking the girls to school this morning in the drizzle I had a singing Willow Warbler (an early bird and my first this year) plus 4 geese flying north. This made me think that there was a big arrival happening. I therefore drove around Maridalen with great anticipation but was to be disappointed as there was nothing new from yesterday.
Continuing up to Nordre Øyeren I was hoping that there would be a new selection of waders and ducks. First stop was the river in Lillestrøm where I had a Pied Wagtail type that seemed to tick the boxes of being a genuine bird rather than intermediate/hybrid. It was not an adult (3k+) male as it lacked a jet black back but may well have been a 2k male rather than a female. It had duskier flanks and a more even dark mantle than the bird of last week. I did not see the rump properly but from what I could see it was dark.
|Pied Wagtail Lillestrøm|
Svellet is still one big mud flat and the Curlew flock numbers 204 but with no other waders other than 13 Oystercatchers and a handful of Lapwing. Conditions are obviously good for ducks now though with 420 Teal, 2 Pintail and 2 Wigeon. I had 2 Ring Ouzel and a few Brambling from where I was viewing.
Driving around to the western side I stopped at Dynovika and had my first Little Ringed Plovers of the year (3 birds) alongside 8 Green Sandpipers, 60 Teal and 9 Goosanders.
Snekkervika was the highlight of the day. The mudflats here are not as attractive to Curlew or Teal with only 7 Curlew and no Teal but there were some other waders with 8 Greenshank, my first Ruff of the year, 4 Green Sandpipers, 2 Oystercathers and 10 Lapwings. In the marsh behind the bay there were 2 displaying Snipe plus 3 others calling, a pair of Curlew were displaying in flight, the pair of Gadwall were still present and a male Merlin shot over. Through the ‘scope I picked out a Great Grey Shrike further up Årnestangen.