Today was finally a day worthy of being called summer with the temperature up to 25C and blue skies. Mrs. Oslo Birder joined me for a ride around Maridalen. We had great views of the male Red-backed Shrike busily finding food and returning to the presumed nest site. No sign of the female, though I read that females brood continually until the young are at least 6 days old.
At the Wryneck nest both parents were regularly in and out of the nest with food (they seemed to have balls of ants in their beaks/throats) and often left with poo-sacks. Finally undeniable proof of succesful breeding.
Also spoke with a nature interested local who had heard a Corncrake last night so that gives me another reason for a nocturnal wander :-)