Monday, 11 June 2012

No terns today

I went to Nordre Øyeren today to see if either of the rare terns were hanging around. I started at Svindal which gives a good view over the delta but without luck. I was joined by Erling Hobøl who was one of the finders of the Little Tern (dvergterne) on Saturday and he invited me to join him on the Nordre Øyeren Fuglestasjons small boat for a trip out to Årnestangen. And a very enjoyable trip it was too! No rare terns to see although we did have a 1st summer Little Gull (dvergmåke), 30 odd Common Terns (Makrellterne) which are not yet breeding but looked like they might soon start, and a few waders with 6 Redshank (rødstilk), 2 Greenshank (gluttsnipe) and a single Spotted Redshank (sotsnipe) flying around although it was not possible to make out if they were late northerly migrants or early southerly ones. Also a distant singing Sedge Warbler (sivsanger) and a female Yellow Wagtail (gulerle) that was possibly a hybrid between the thunbergi race and the flava race.
Female Yellow Wagtail but I'm uncertain of which race
 This Roe Deer (rådyr) also swan across 150m of water ahead of the boat.

Buck Roe Deer
The view from the boat heading south to the tip of Årnestangen

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