Kurefjorden was completely and utterly dead. 2 Greenshank (gluttsnipe), 5 Redshank (rødstilk) and 2 Ringed Plovers (sandlo) is not what you expect in May!
A trip of 5 Dotterel (boltit) in the company of 40 Golden Plovers (heilo) was nice but views in the rain were not exactly good.
By 0900 I had given up on Østfold and headed for Svellet. Here the water level has risen a lot probably a result of two days of rain and I fear the wader season may now be over in a matter of days. Whilst it lasts though it must be enjoyed. 11 Knot (polarsnipe) are a very good spring bird and Greenshank have risen to 320 although other waders were little changed from two days ago. There were only 3 Common Terns today but with them was a single Arctic. Dabbling ducks however have now vanished and 30 Tufted Ducks (toppand) were the most numerous duck with only 20 Teal (krikkand) down from 590 two days ago! Raptors were represent by a Peregrine (vandrefalk) hunting Wood Sandpipers (grønnstilk) and a female Kestrel (tårnfalk) that sought shelter from the rain on a balcony on some flats.
Snekkervika had a few birds including a singing Wryneck (vendehals) and Whitethroat (tornsanger) and displaying Common Snipe (enkeltbekkasin) but no Great Snipe as I had hoped.
Arriving in Maridalen early afternoon it was bucketing down but just after the rain stopped it was dripping with birds. At Kirkeby there were 40 odd Wheatears (steinskvett), 15 Whinchat (buskskvett), 3 male Redstarts and amongst a few White Wagtails (linerle) was a good candidate for a female Pied Wagtail (svartryggerle) but probably actually a male bird and therefore some sort of integrade/hybrid. I also had a singing Wryneck.
On the lake there was a large flock of non-breeding Goldeneye (kvinand) and whilst I was there other ducks just appeared on the lake: 21 Tufted and 9 Red-breasted Merganser (island) which is probably an unprecedented number here. The female Common Scoter was still present and preferred the company of the Goldeneye rather than a group of another three of her own species that were sleeping in the middle of the lake. The only divers I had were a pair of Black-throated (storlom) and a single Whooper Swan (sangsvane) that flew in calling was an interesting record with regards possible breeding in the neighbourhood.
|all five of the Dotterel together with a Golden Plover|
|Wryneck in Maridalen|
|singing male Twite (bergirisk) Maridalen|
|male Redstart in Maridalen|
|6 Wheatears in Maridalen part of a large fall|
|male White Wagtail (linerle) left and a bird with a lot (if not 100%) genes from a Pied Wagtail (svartryggerle)|
|montage of the Piedish wagtail|
|female Common Scoter with immature Goldeneyes|