I went to Maridalen in the early afternoon after the rain stopped and hoped for some raptor passage. I did have Goshawk (hønsehauk), Sparrowhawk (spurvehauk) and Kestrel (tårnfalk) but it would be stretching things to call it a passage.
At ØStensjøvannet there were at least three 1K Lesser Black-backed Gulls (sildemåke) showing how wide a spectrum of plumage this age group can have. One of them was also trying to eat a dead rodent of some kind. I believe it was either a white rat (where would it have come from?) or else a rat that had been in the water so long that it had somehow changed colour. Suggestions are welcome.
|1cy Lesser Black-backed Gull (sildemåke) with what I believe is a rat|
|in the end I think the bird gave up on its attempts to swallow this|
|probably the same bird this time seeing if a dead pike (gjedde) is more palatable|
|another two 1 cy Lesser Black-backed Gulls with very different plumages|
|these 7 young Mute Swans (knoippsvane) were getting flying lessons from one of the parents. Only one of them managed to get airbourne|
|Shoveler (skjeand) or spoon duck as they say in Norwegian|
|another Shoveler in the rain|
|the young Pochar (taffeland) was so tame that you could wonder where is has come from....|
|this young Moorhen (sivhøne) was the closest I came to seeing the Water Rail (vannrikse) today but I did hear it at frustratingly close range|