Monday, 16 March 2015

Quiet again

I had plans to find a lot of good breeding birds in the forests north of Maridalen today. Various woodpeckers, Hazel Grouse (jerpe) and Pygmy Owl (spurveugle) were on the cards. There was a lot more snow than I had expected with the cold nights clearly stopping the big thaw and there was little water in the streams. Walking on the snow (and often sinking through it) was a good test for my knee and judging by how sore it is now I still have a bit of time left before it is healed. My lack of serious exercise the last few weeks as I try to rest my knee was also evident as I was quite tired after my exertions. Was it worth it though? Absolutely not! Cloudy but not overcast conditions and a chilly northerly wind were enough to cause a near absence of drumming woodpeckers although Wrens (gjerdesmett) were singing and seem to have had a good winter.

There was no evidence of new migrants either although Chaffinches (bokfink) were now singing in the forests although none were on the fields.
a pair of Dippers were probably the highlight of my quiet slog through the forest

a few Goldeneyes (kvinand) are back on the couple of ice free areas of Maridalsvannet

these 6 Whooper Swans (sangsvane) consisting of 2 pairs and two youngsters have been around for a few days. It is tempting to think that they are the pair that bred in Oslo last year with two remaining young plus the other non-breeding pair that was around last summer. It will be interesting to see how many pairs attempt to breed this year and which localities they choose

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