The sightings and occasional thoughts of an English birder in Oslo
BIRD GUIDING AROUND OSLO
Saturday, 19 May 2012
Took the kids to Maridalen and Fornebu today. Maridalen had 22 Tufted Ducks (toppand) in the middle of the lake - presmuably part of a second wave of migration perhaps headed for small lakes high in the mountains which will soon be ice free. Also a resting flock of 20 Pink-footed (kortnebbgås) and 8 Greylag Goose (grågås). An unseen raptor put up all the ducks and geese at one stage - must have been a big one! The breeding pair of Greylags showed themselves with three young and a Stock Dove (skogdue) was an indication that they are perhaps breeding after my sighting a couple of weeks ago.
At Fornebu little to be seen but the Eider (ærfugl) ducks have many young and a Whitethroat (tornsanger) showed itself.
Eider ducks with young
The first Common Rosefinches (rosenfink) were seen in the Oslo area today and the first Red-backed Shrikes (tornskate) yesterday so I look forward to finding some next week.