After this we went looking for a Jack Snipe (kvartbekkasin) that has been frequenting a ditch north of Sandvika. We didn’t find it although footprints frozen into the mud looked to be of the right size. A Common Snipe (enkeltbekkasin) that we flushed here was my first of the year though.
With one dip on my conscience there was no harm in risking another so we went looking for Two-barred Crossbill (båndkorsnebb) in Fetsund where 7 birds had been seen yesterday and then again today. We arrived, found the obvious and cone laden larch tree where they had been, spoke to a lady who had seen them low down only an hour before but of course they did not show for us in the hour we waited. Whooper Swans (sangsvane) and Goosander (laksand) were some compensation.
|Long-tailed Ducks in flight. There was a male (probably a young one without a long tail) and it looks like this is the bird that is hidden such that only its wing is visible|
|Two young male Common Scoters coming into adult plumage alongside a female Goldeneye|
|Take off for a male Red-breasted Merganser|
|young Mute Swan|
|the DFDS Danish ferry entering Oslo|
|this Siskin (grønnsisik) was the highlight in a larch tree that had earlier held 2BCs|