Marsh Warbler (myrsanger), Bluethroat (blåstrupe) and Common Rosefinch (rosenfink) will arrive soon and then it is just to mop up on the classic nocturnal singers: Corncrake (åkerrikse), Spotted Crake (myrrikse), Quail (vaktel) and Nightjar (nattravn) plus any of the rarer birds that may grace us this year.
I had three hours in Maridalen either side of lunch and hoped for some raptors. Sparrowhawks (spurvehauk) showed regularly and I had a displaying Goshawk (hønsehauk) that was mobbed by Sparrowhawk. No falcons unfortunately but I did have a number of medium sized raptors of which 4 were too distant to ID. Three that came close enough though were singles of Common Buzzard (musvåk), Osprey (fiskeørn) and best of all a Honey Buzzard (vepsevåk) migrating to the NW.
Wood Warblers (bøksanger) were noticeable today and Whitethroats (tornsanger) are also back in numbers.
|female Red-backed Shrike (tornskate) in Maridalen - hopefully I will be lucky enough to find their breeding site this year|
|Skylark (sanglerke) at Fornebu|
|Whitethroat (tornsanger) at Fornebu|
|best picture I managed of Icterine Warbler (gulsanger) at Fornebu|
|Greylag Geese (grågås) seem well established as a breeding bird in Maridalen now and in addition to this pair with 5 young here was a pair with three young|
|This singing Wood Warbler (bøksanger) in Maridalen was very cooperative within the woodland but all my photos were at high ISO due to it being quite dark|