There are always some birds to see along the river and at the end of the walk always the faint hope of a good gull. Just Herring Gulls (gråmåke) yesterday but a feeding Grey Heron (hegre) and a couple of Cormorants (storskarv) point to there being a good population of small fish in the river – maybe a Kingfisher isfugl) will turn up? A flock of Long-tailed Tits (stjertmeis) were in the same area as on New Years day but surprisingly I saw no Dippers (fossekall) or Goosanders (laksand) along the river.
|fresh snow and a low midday sun in Oslo|
|this Grey Heron seemed very much at home here along Akerselva|
Today the garden has had an influx of Blackbirds (svarttrost). There have been a minimum of 5 males, 3 of which are clear adults, one a 1st winter and a fifth bird what I assume to be a 2nd winter. There are at least two females one of which is missing its tail and has been around a few weeks but I haven’t made an attempt to age the females. When there are so many in the garden I try to put out apples in different places such that they can all eat but they are very territorial and spend more time chasing each other away than feeding. The dominant birds are rather surprisingly the tailless female and the 1st winter male with the adult males being particularly wimpish.
|Queen of the Blackbirds. Physical beauty isn't everything as this tailless individual rules the roost. A lack of obvious moult contrast in the greater coverts suggests this is an adult|
|male Siskin (grønnsisik) and Blue Tit (blåmeis) in the garden|