After two days of seawatching and many hours of sitting (although I do have a very comfortable chair for seawatching which Mrs Oslo Birder thoughtfully gave me for xmas!) I needed to move my body today so chose to ride up to to Maridalen which I have neglected for the last two days. I cycled up Akerselva where 5 Goldeneye and a pair of Common Sandpipers are evidence that the river is recovering after the accidental poisoning a year and a half ago. At the southern end of Maridalsvannet a grand total of five singing Wood Warblers was the largest number I have ever had here and also a singing Hawfinch. Not much on the water although a 1st summer Black-throated Diver was something I don’t remember having seen here before (its plumage looks like winter plumage).
The male Wryneck was perched outside the nest when I arrived to admire him and he then moved to feed and I also heard him sing a few times. Also here a distant singing Cuckoo which is always a scarce Oslo bird, an overflying Yellow Wagtail, singing Icterine Warbler and feeding Garden Warbler – nearly all the summer migrants have returned now!
Also today, the garden Great Tits hatched. Click here for pictures.
Now that I have had some time to go through them properly, here are a few more pictures from yesterday's outing.
|Reedbed at Hellesjøvannet. Marsh Harriers breed in this reedbed, Hobbies were hunting over it, the Whooper Swan nest can just be seen in the middle and did a Bittern boom here?|
|Kragtorpvika, Hemnessjøen. Black-headed Gulls and Great Crested Grebes are nesting colonially in the reeds at the back and a flock of 11 Temminsk's Stints were feeding on the mud to the right.|