The only species that distinguished itself today was Common Buzzard (musvåk) with four birds seen at three locations. None were flying around soaring and making themselves known but all seemed intent on finding food and three were already deep within the forests. Jules had two lifers today and the species show the real difference between resident birds in eastern and western Norway. The first lifer was a distant drumming Three-toed Woodpecker which we failed to see so hardly a satisfying experience but the second was much better: a Pygmy Owl (spurveugle). Both the species were where Rune and I had them on Friday so look to be good stake outs. The owl showed well atop a roadside spruce and we had it in flight being chased by a Magpie (skjære) when its speed and agility were surprising.
Bird of the day though was another species of owl which showed very well in its daytime roost. Hopefully a bird I can follow later in the year.
|Long-eared Owl (hornugle) found at its daytime roost|
|the dot in the middle isn't muck but a White-tailed Eagle|