Heading back into Oslo I stopped again at the Botanical Gardens. The thaw has resulted in a significant reduction in birds which presumably use the opportunity to search for food in other areas but will return to the gardens when the cold and snow returns. I gave myself an hour on the parking meter and walked the park a couple of times with frequent stops at the 2BCs favoured trees but without seeing them. With just 5 minutes to go Rune Zak turned up and we went to the trees because this gave a view towards the Plaza hotel where I had seen the Peregrine perching distantly. The Peregrine was gone but a look at the recently favoured Weymouth Pine revealed a finch sitting at the top. I struggled to see whether it was a Greenfinch or a 2BC (the crossed beak is not always so obvious in this the smallest of the Crossbill species) but the wing bars soon came into view. Eventually, and before I had to run to the car, 3 females revealed themselves but they didn’t call and were quite hard to find. Makes me wonder if they have been in this tree all the time. 4 Hawfinches, 7 Long-tailed Tits and 50 Fieldfares were the best of the rest.
|one of the three female Two-barred Crossbills eve higher up than usual and also completely silent whilst I was there|
|with the thaw the Fieldfares were also looking for worms on the grass in addition to, as here, feeding on berries|
|I'm not quite sure what type of tree this is but 4 Hawfinches were feeding unobtrusively in it|
|both 1st winter argentatus Herring Gulls - the white ring is from Russian and the black ring from Norway although it was fitted on 18 October 32km away so we don't know where it hatched|
|this bird looks like it swallowed more bread than it could swallow|