At Kirkeby there were a good 15 Wheatears and a couple more Whinchats on the fields but t was overhead the action was happening. We had four raptors of four species and it started with a Golden Eagle (kongeørn) that Per picked up to the east, continued with a Goshawk (hønsehauk) then a Buzzard (musvåk) and finally a Peregrine (vandrefalk). The Golden Eagle was only the 3rd or 4th record in Maridalen but three of these have been at this time of the year in the last few years suggesting a regular if very small passage over the area. The Peregrine was again of the type that gets confused as Hobby (lerkefalk): a small 2cy bird (presumably a male) and showed 3 times including twice in stoops so was clearly hunting around the valley and could well be the same 2cy bird recorded a couple of times previously this spring.
There was a feel of promise in the air and I ended up shelving my plans of going to Svellet (where other reports show Greenshank have increased to 280 and a Knot (polarsnipe) is new in) but things rather fizzled out in Maridalen.
Østfold beckons tomorrow….
|the days highlight - a young Golden Eagle (kongeørn) probably a 2cy|
|2cy male Peregrine|
|same bird trying to be confused as a Hobby|
|Common Snipe but we worked a long time with it|
|Wood Sandpiper (grønnstilk)|