|Today's photographic highlight - Long-tailed Tit (stjertmeis) in Maridalen|
My 10km walk around Maridalen had three special targets: Pine Grosbeak (konglebit) which have been reported close to Oslo, Three-toed Woodpecker (tretåspett) and Pygmy Owl (spurveugle). I had to be content with only one of these but given that it was a bird I failed to see in Oslo at all last year I was pretty happy. I have now had two species in January which I didn’t see at all in Oslo in 2014: Little Auk (alkekonge) and today’s Pygmy Owl. The owl chose to sit on the highest tree it could find and with knee high snow I also struggled to get closer to it so my photographic efforts were poor but I was able to hear it singing after a bit of encouragement from me.
I also had a couple of Long-tailed Tits (stjertmeis) in fantastic light which gave me some good photos and a couple of flocks of Yellowhammers (gulspurv) and 3 Moose which are the first I‘ve seen so far this winter.
In the garden the number of Blackbirds was significantly reduced with only a maximum of 4 at a time.
|Bird of the day - Pygmy Owl (spurveugle)|
|Great Spotted Woodpeckers were very obvious today including this ringed bird which was drumming on a metal part of a telegraph pole|
|The three Moose - a youngster plus two adult females|
|the Pygmy Owl at ca.400m range|
|Blackbirds in the garden on Saturday when the snow came|