Friday, 5 September 2014

All quiet on the Oslo front

A rather peaceful couple of hours in Maridalen this morning failed to reveal much signs of visible migration. A hunting Kestrel (tærnfalk) and flyover Hawfinch (kjernebiter) were the highlights of an otherwise uneventful outing. 120 Greylag Geese (grågås) feeding on a stubble field was a high count for the sight and they demonstrated how unwild they are in comparison to the Bean Geese by only getting anxious by my presence when I walked within 20 metres of them.

The day did start with a highpoint though as a Hobby (lerkefalk) flew over as  I dropped my youngest off at school.
Greylag Geese have become incredibly common around Oslo especially in September when many thousand appear on suitable stubble fields

Kestrel (tårnfalk) - this is, i assume, a young male as the tail is that of a male but the body plumage that of a female

Tree Sparrows (pilfink)

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